Ekring Faces Sri Lanka's Karunaratne In US Open

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Africa's top ranked player Edwin Ekiring will face Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne in the first round of the US Open Badminton Championship on Tuesday evening.

Africa's top ranked player Edwin Ekiring will face Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne in the first round of the US Open Badminton Championship on Tuesday evening.
Ekiring who lost out in the first round of the Sri Lanka and Yonex Mauritius Open Championships few weeks ago will be hungry to make it to the second round. The Ugandan star player is aiming to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Victory for Ekiring against Karunaratne who won the Uganda International Open title in 2012, will see him face the winner between Japan's Riichi Takeshita and Ernesto Velazquez (Spain) in the second round.
Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen is the top ranked player at the tournament, while the other experienced players include; Zhu Siyuan (China), Sho Sasaki (Japan) and Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.
Meanwhile, Ekiring has increased his chances to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games after maintaining top position in Africa as per the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released last week.
Ekiring moved 10 places to 148th in the world ranking, while South Africa's Jacob Maliekal moved to 155 and maintained second spot with 11634 points. Maliekal, the reigning All Africa Games gold medalist also won the 2015 Uganda Open International Open title.
Only the top ranked players in Africa for both the men and women categories earn automatic qualification for the Olympics.