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After a six-year break, the WTA Mumbai Open will return, including competitors from 31 countries

<p>The Mumbai Open Tennis Championships, presented by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and the Cricket Club of India (CCI), is set to return to the tennis calendar after a six-year hiatus. The event will have players from 31 nations competing.</p>
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<p>The third WTA Mumbai Open is being held, and previous winners in the singles category include Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum (2018) and Aryna Sabalenka (2017), ranked second in the world.</p>
<p>Three of the world’s top 100 players will compete in the singles division of the tournament, while six of the world’s top 100 players will compete in the WTA $125K series doubles event. It promises to be an interesting lineup.</p>
<p>The Cricket Club of India’s recently installed tennis courts will host the competition. On February 3 and 4, qualifying matches will take place, and on February 5, the main draw action will begin. The 11th of February will see the finals contested.</p>
<p>The 32-player lineup will be led by American Kayla Day, the 2016 US Open girls singles champion and world No. 82, along with three-time WTA Tour singles champion Nao Hibino of Japan and 97th-ranked Tamara Zidansek, a former French Open semifinals.</p>
<p>American Katie Volynets, Australians Arina Rodionova and Kimberly Birrell, and Brazilian Laura Pigossi are among the other participants on the field.</p>
<p>Mumbai will also witness the play of sixteen-year-old Russian Alina Korneeva, who finished as the world’s top-ranked junior last year and advanced to the third round of the Australian Open women’s singles competition only a year after winning the girls’ singles championship.</p>
<p>Prarthana Thombare, the top-ranked doubles player in India, and her Dutch partner Arianne Hartono got straight entrance into the doubles competition. It is anticipated that the tournament’s wild cards will be revealed in the next few days.</p>
<p>“We are thrilled to be returning to Mumbai after a few years away with world-class tennis. Sanjay Khandare and Pravin Darade, both IAS and members of the organizing committee, said that the WTA Mumbai Open has drawn some well-known names and up-and-coming talents in the past, including two-time Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka, who won her maiden WTA $125K championship right here in Mumbai in 2017.</p>
<p>With competitors like Kayla Day, Nao Hibino, Tamara Zidansek, and the rapidly emerging Russian Alina Korneeva, we have a formidable field this year as well. We anticipate a large turnout of Mumbai tennis fans to cheer on the players and the competition,” they said.</p>