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This weekend, tennis superstars from all over the globe will take to the courts at the BMW Malaysian Open, which is being held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) from 27th February to 6th March 2016. Here are four of the biggest names due to appear at the event:
Last year’s US Open finalist Roberta Vinci will make her debut appearance in the BMW Malaysian Open in 2016, and the Italian will be aiming to secure her 11th WTA Tour title in Kuala Lumpur. She collected her 10th career win by securing the inaugural St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy last weekend to end her title-drought since 2013.
Vinci has been successful in the women’s doubles with five Grand Slam victories and she was also part of the Italian team that won the Fed Cup on four occasions.
The World No 16 grabbed everyone’s attention last year at the US Open when she became the oldest first-time semi-finalist of a Grand Slam event at 32 years of age. She then produced a major upset by overcoming American Serena Williams to reach the final before losing in straight sets to compatriot Flavia Pennetta. Vinci’s best result so far this season was reaching the quarter-finals in Brisbane in January.
WTA Tour champion Elina Svitolina is the highest ranked Ukrainian on the tour at 21, and she has notched four career wins in Marrakech (2015), Baku (2014 and 2013) and Pune (2012).
The 21-year-old made a breakthrough last season when she reached her first Grand Slam quarter-finals at the French Open. The player’s favourite surface is clay and grass but the Ukrainian will be inspired to make her presence felt in her first visit to KL on hard court.
Former Wimbledon finalist and World No 58 Eugenie Bouchard was seen as the most promising player in 2014 after reaching the final at Wimbledon and also the semi-finals of the Australian Open and French Open.
The Canadian achieved her career-best ranking of No 5 that year but her progress was halted in 2015 after she suffered a concussion at the US Open, which ended her season.
Fortunately, however, the 22-year-old has shown promise on her return and has won seven matches so far this season. She reached the quarter-finals in the season opening tournament in Shenzhen, China and also the final in Hobart, Australia but lost in the second round of the Australian Open 2016.
Four-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion and World No 101 Daniela Hantuchova has recorded seven tour singles titles, her most recent being the Thailand Open last February. The 33-year-old has been victorious at Wimbledon (2001), Australian Open (2002), French Open and US Open (both 2005) in mixed doubles.
Daniela got past three rounds in the qualifiers in Brisbane last month only to lose to Samantha Stosur of Australia in the last 16. The Slovakian was a first round casualty at the Australian Open. It will be her first outing in KL.
The main draw will comprise the top 24 highest ranked players in the entry list, four wildcards and four qualifiers. A series of activities have been planned for fans to interact with their favourite players in autograph and photo sessions at KLGCC.
The qualifying round is scheduled on 27th and 28th February. Admission is free from Saturday, 27th February to Wednesday, 2nd March. Tickets are available online at www.ticketpro.com.my or on 03 7880 7999.
Tickets are priced at RM33, RM53, RM63 and RM73 from 3rd to 6th March. Season passes are priced at RM153 and early bird discounts are available before 27th February.
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