Home favourites Nick Matthew and James Willstrop will have their eyes on the oldest and most distinguished title in the sport and will look to return the title to English hands for the first time since Matthew’s triumph in 2013.
The experienced duo, whose 2009 British Open final clash sparked one of the sport’s most bitter rivalries of all time, are seeded on opposite sides of the draw and will both need to fight through a top-class field if they are to fulfil their pre-tournament title ambitions.
Matthew, a three-time winner of the coveted title, will face Spanish No.1 Borja Golan in round one, while the likes of defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy, World No.7 Ali Farag and World No.8 Tarek Momen also reside on his half of the draw.
Willstrop’s path to the final is arguably even more difficult, with World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, enigmatic Egyptian Ramy Ashour, and two-time champion Gregory Gaultier all potential opponents if the former World No.1 progresses beyond Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet in his opening round clash.
Willstrop and Matthew will also be aiming to strengthen their positions on the Men’s PSA Road to Dubai Standings as they look to secure a coveted berth at June’s PSA Dubai World Series Finals - where only the top eight players on the Road to Dubai Standings will qualify.
The Women’s draw, meanwhile, sees 2013 winner Laura Massaro aim to become the first Englishwoman to win more than one British Open title since Janet Morgan in the 1950s.
33-year-old Massaro, who became the first Englishwoman in history to hold both the British Open and World Championship titles three years ago, gets her tournament under way against Indian No.2 Dipika Pallikal Karthik and is seeded to meet Egyptian Raneem El Welily in a blockbuster quarter-final.
Massaro’s compatriots Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters will also have hopes of fighting through to the latter stages with both players in fine form of late.
World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and World No.2 Camille Serme, the latter of whom leads the Women’s PSA Road to Dubai Standings courtesy of recent wins at the Delaware Investments U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions, are seeded to meet in a mouth-watering final showdown.
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