Tough draw for Prerna

National Champion Prerna Bhambri was on Sunday handed a tough draw as she has been pitted against second seed Japanese Misaki Doi in her opening round match of the WTA Indian Open beginning here on Monday.

Former national champion and local hope Rutuja Bhosale has been drawn against So-Ra Lee of Korea.

Meanwhile, two more Indians have entered the main draw of the $125,000 challenger tournament with Rishika Sunkara and Nidhi Chilumala qualifying.

Sunkara got the better of compatriot Ankita Raina 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) in the final qualifying round while Chilumala got a walkover from Briton Emily Webley-Smith, who had to return to her country from the Mumbai airport due to a wrong visa.

Former world number nine Andrea Pektovik’s comeback bid to professional tennis would kick start with a first round encounter against Sofia Shapatava of Georgia.

The German was out of action for months due to an injury and has been granted a wild card for the event, which has brought WTA tennis back to India for the first time since 2008.

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