BMW Malaysian Open
Malaysian Open 2011 Women
Tournament information
Founded2010; 12 years ago (2010)
LocationKuala Lumpur
Malaysia
VenueBukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort (2010–2012)
RSGC (since 2013)
SurfaceHard - outdoors
Draw32S / 24Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$226,750 (2017)
Websitebmwmalaysianopen.com
Current champions (2017)
Women's singlesAustralia Ashleigh Barty
Women's doublesAustralia Ashleigh Barty
Australia Casey Dellacqua

The Malaysian Open (formerly known as the Malaysian Tennis Classic) is a professional women's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. The event is affiliated with the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), and is an International-level tournament on the WTA Tour. The event has been held at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort and The Royal Selangor Golf Club. The first edition of the event took place from February 22–28, 2010. In 2011 the event became sponsored by BMW.[1]

History

The Malaysian Open was a women's professional tennis event held in 1992 and 1993. It was competed on indoor hard courts in Kuala Lumpur. The tournament was part of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour, and was designated as a Tier IV event. Winners received $18,000. In both years it was held from April 19 to April 26. The event was discontinued from 1993 onwards.

Initially, the organisers operated with a license directly from WTA. However, later on they cut a deal for a lease of WTA Palermo's license in late-2013.

In 2017, the Women’s Tennis Association deleted reference to Israeli player Julia Glushko's nationality and Israel's flag from Glushko's profile on their website ahead of her scheduled participation at the Malaysian Open, when event organizers requested all references to her being Israeli be removed from the WTA website in order for her to be allowed to take part in the event.[2] The WTA subsequently reinstated them.[2]

The last Malaysian Open was held in 2018, after which, WTA Palermo returned to the tour calendar in 2019.[3]

Past finals

Singles

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1992 Indonesia Yayuk Basuki Czechoslovakia Andrea Strnadová 6–3, 6–0
1993 Australia Nicole Provis United States Ann Grossman 6–3, 6–2
2010 Russia Alisa Kleybanova Russia Elena Dementieva 6–3, 6–2
2011 Australia Jelena Dokić Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 2–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–4
2012 Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Croatia Petra Martić 2–6, 7–5, 4–1 ret.
2013 Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
2014 Croatia Donna Vekić Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 5–7, 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
2015 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Romania Alexandra Dulgheru 4–6, 6–2, 6–1
2016 Ukraine Elina Svitolina Canada Eugenie Bouchard 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 7–5
2017 Australia Ashleigh Barty Japan Nao Hibino 6–3, 6–2

Doubles

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1992 France Isabelle Demongeot
Ukraine Natalia Medvedeva
Japan Rika Hiraki
Czechoslovakia Petra Langrová
2–6, 6–4, 6–1
1993 United States Patty Fendick
United States Meredith McGrath
United States Nicole Arendt
Australia Kristine Kunce
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
2010 Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
China Zheng Jie
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
Russia Arina Rodionova
6–7(4–7), 6–2, [10–7]
2011 Russia Dinara Safina
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
Thailand Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
Australia Jessica Moore
7–5, 2–6, [10–5]
2012 Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Japan Rika Fujiwara
7–5, 6–4
2013 Japan Shuko Aoyama
Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen (2)
Slovakia Janette Husárová
China Zhang Shuai
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), [14–12]
2014 Hungary Tímea Babos
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
China Zheng Saisai
6–3, 6–4
2015 China Liang Chen
China Wang Yafan
Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
4–6, 6–3, [10–4]
2016 Thailand Varatchaya Wongteanchai
China Yang Zhaoxuan
China Liang Chen
China Wang Yafan
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
2017 Australia Ashleigh Barty
Australia Casey Dellacqua
United States Nicole Melichar
Japan Makoto Ninomiya
7–6(7–5), 6–3

References

  1. ^ "Women's Tennis Association - Official Website". Women's Tennis Association.
  2. ^ a b "Israeli tennis player has flag taken off WTA site before Malaysian Open". Times of Israel.
  3. ^ "Carbon Worldwide pulls plug on WTA Malaysian Open". NST Online. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2018-05-15.