1. Aug, 2017

New Zealand badminton open 2017

World number 17 HS Prannoy, who won the US Open earlier this month, starts as the fourth seed, while former national champion Sourabh Varma is the seventh seed.

Parupalli Kashyap, who went finished second best in the all-Indian US Open final, starts as 15th seeed. World number 106 Siril Verma, surprisingly, starts the tournament as the 16th seeded-player.

Jayaram, who is in for a tough test at the world meet next month, will be looking for some confidence-boosting wins in Auckland.