Ashwini Ponnappa will compete in both the women’s and mixed doubles after she was elevated alongside Tanisha Crasto (replacing Americans Francesca Corbett/Allison Lee) and Reddy B. Sumeeth (Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Lohau) to the SATHIO GROUP Australian Open 2023 first round.
Back at the tournament after four years, the Indian veteran and her partners face a tough challenge in both events – against Taipei Open runners-up Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma/Amallia Cahaya Pratiwi and improving Japanese youngsters Hiroki Midorikawa/Natsu Saito.
This will also be Crasto/Ponnappa’s first event since winning the Nantes International Challenge last month.
The following players have also been promoted to the main draw.
- Kiran George (Lu Guang Zu)
- Chi Yu Jen (Alex Lanier)
- Jeon Hyeok Jin (third seed Shi Yu Qi)
- Su Li Yang (eighth seed Li Shi Feng)
- Liang Ting Yu (top seed An Se Young)
- Lin Hsiang Ti (Natsuki Nidaira)
- Ryan Tong/Jack Wang (M.r. Arjun/Dhruv Kapila)
- Chiang Chien-Wei/Wu Hsuan-Yi (Lee Jhe-Huei/Yang Po-Hsuan)
- Ming Che Lu/Tang Kai Wei (Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel)
- Shaurya Madaan/Ytharth Madaan (seventh seeds Choi Sol Gyu/Kim Won Ho)
- Rizky Hidayat/Frengky Wijaya Putra (Christian Bernardo/Alvin Morada)
- Kanki Igawa/Raymond Tam (Muhammad Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana)
- Paula Lynn Cao Hok/Lauren Lam (top seeds Baek Ha Na/Lee So Hee)
- Liu Chiao-Yun/Wang Yu Qiao (fifth seeds Jeong Na Eun/Kim Hye Jeong)
- Rayne Wang/Angela Yu (top seeds Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino)
- Cheng Xing/Chen Fang Hui (Jones Ralfy Jansen/Linda Efler)
- Jhe-Huei/Hsu Ya Ching (fourth seeds Won Ho/Na Eun)
- Kenneth Choo/Gronya Somerville (Po-Hsuan/Hu Ling Fang)
Click here to view the updated draw.
SATHIO GROUP Australian Open 2023 starts tomorrow, with the first qualification match scheduled at 7am Kuala Lumpur time (UTC +8).
Fun fact: Ponnappa had different partners in both disciplines the last time she played Australian Open in 2019 – Reddy Sikki in women’s doubles and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in mixed doubles.