Joshna, Anaka head Indian challenge in Chennai Open squash

Chennai: Seasoned campaigner Joshna Chinnappa and young Anaka Alankamony will head the Indian challenge in the WSA Chennai Open squash tournament to be held here from May 22 to 26.

The tournament offers $10,000 in prize money besides Women`s Squash Association (WSA) points and has received entries from Malaysia, Australia, Egypt and England.

Malaysia`s Siti Munirah Josoh is the highest ranked player at 40 and the top seed. Joshna, playing in only her second WSA event since her injury last year, has been seeded two as she used her pegged ranking of 41. Her current ranking is 71.

The qualifying rounds will be played May 22 and the main draw action commences the following day with the final slated for May 26.

The winner will take home $1,900 and 350 world ranking points while the runner-up will receive $1,300 and 280 ranking points.

Srivatsan Subramaniam, General Secretary, Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets Association (TNSRA), said: "Like every year, this year we hope to have a fantastic event that will be a breeding ground for our upcoming women players."

Seven local players who will play the qualifying round will join the following 13 WSA players in the main draw.