Hobart International

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Hobart International
Moorilla Hobart International logo.png
Tournament information
Founded 1994
Location Hobart
Australia
Venue Hobart International Tennis Centre
(1994–present)
Category International
Surface Plexicushion
Draw 32M/32Q/16D
Prize money $250,000
Website HobartInternational.com.au
Current champions
Women's singles Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Women's doubles Romania Monica Niculescu
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová

The Hobart International is a women's professional tennis tournament held at the Hobart International Tennis Centre in Hobart, Australia. Held since 1994, it forms a part of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour and is classed as an International tournament (previously Tier IV). It is competed on outdoor hardcourts, and is held in the run-up to the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open.

The tournament is held at the Hobart International Tennis Centre. It was previously sponsored by Moorilla Wines, ANZ and Schweppes. The current singles champion is Elena Vesnina of Russia. The tournament has played host to a number of top players in the past, such as World #1's Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin and Serena Williams. Other top players who have participated in the event include Australian Open and Wimbledon semifinalist Zheng Jie, and current/former Top 10 players Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Dokić, Alicia Molik, Flavia Pennetta, Chanda Rubin, Patty Schnyder, Samantha Stosur and Vera Zvonareva.

Redevelopment[edit]

Prior to the Australian Open changing its court surface, the tournament was played on Rebound Ace. When the Australian Open changed to Plexicushion in 2008, all Australian Open Series tournaments were required to change their court surfaces to Plexicushion. The Moorilla Hobart International, however, retained Rebound Ace. Tennis Australia announced that in order for Hobart to keep its tournament, it was required to make significant improvements to the facility, including resurfacing the courts to Plexicushion and improving the seating facilities. The Domain Tennis Centre resurfaced its hardcourts to Plexicushion in late 2008, in time for the 2009 tournament.

Midway through 2009, the Tasmanian Government announced a $2.25 million to fund redevelopments to the Domain Tennis Centre over 2009–10.[1] This announcement was to ensure that the Moorilla Hobart International tournament was retained. Prior to the 2010 singles final, representatives from Tennis Australia, along with tournament director Michael Roberts, announced that the future of the tournament would be secured through to 2013.[2]

In 2009, the Domain Tennis Centre began a series of redevelopments in order to ensure the tournament's future.[3] The first stage of these redevelopments included the demolition of the northern seating to make way for a permanent Corporate Stand and also a new Media Stand at the southern end of the Centre Court. This was completed prior to the 2010 tournament. The second stage of the redevelopment is to construct new permanent grandstands at the eastern and western ends of the court, increasing seating from around 1000 spectators to 2800. The redevelopment is to be totally completed by the 2011 tournament.

Past Finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2014 Spain Garbiñe Muguruza Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová 6–4, 6–0
2013 Russia Elena Vesnina Germany Mona Barthel 6–3, 6–4
2012 Germany Mona Barthel Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 6–1, 6–2
2011 Australia Jarmila Groth United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6–4, 6–3
2010 Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Israel Shahar Pe'er 6–2, 6–4
2009 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová Czech Republic Iveta Benešová 7–5, 6–1
2008 Greece Eleni Daniilidou Russia Vera Zvonareva walkover
2007 Russia Anna Chakvetadze Russia Vasilisa Bardina 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
2006 Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek Czech Republic Iveta Benešová 6–2, 6–1
2005 China Zheng Jie Argentina Gisela Dulko 6–2, 6–0
2004 United States Amy Frazier Japan Shinobu Asagoe 6–3, 6–3
2003 Australia Alicia Molik United States Amy Frazier 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
2002 Slovakia Martina Suchá Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues 7–6(9–7), 6–1
2001 Italy Rita Grande United States Jennifer Hopkins 0–6, 6–3, 6–3
2000 Belgium Kim Clijsters United States Chanda Rubin 2–6, 6–2, 6–2
1999 United States Chanda Rubin Italy Rita Grande 6–2, 6–3
1998 Switzerland Patty Schnyder Belgium Dominique van Roost 6–3, 6–2
1997 Belgium Dominique van Roost United States Marianne Werdel Witmeyer 6–3, 6–3
1996 France Julie Halard-Decugis Japan Mana Endo 6–1, 6–2
1995 Georgia (country) Leila Meskhi China Li Fang 6–2, 6–3
1994 Japan Mana Endo Australia Rachel McQuillan 6–1, 6–7(1–7), 6–4

Doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2014 Romania Monica Niculescu
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
United States Lisa Raymond
China Zhang Shuai
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [10–8]
2013 Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Spain María Teresa Torró Flor
Hungary Tímea Babos
Luxembourg Mandy Minella
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
2012 Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
Romania Monica Niculescu
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–5]
2011 Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
Latvia Līga Dekmeijere
6–3, 7–5
2010 Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Romania Monica Niculescu
3–6, 6–3, [10–7]
2009 Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
2008 Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Germany Jasmin Wöhr
6–2, 6–4
2007 Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Russia Elena Vesnina
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
2–6, 6–1, 6–2
2006 France Émilie Loit
Australia Nicole Pratt
United States Jill Craybas
Croatia Jelena Kostanić
6–2, 6–1
2005 China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Russia Dinara Safina
6–4, 7–5
2004 Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Japan Seiko Okamoto
Belgium Els Callens
Austria Barbara Schett
2–6, 6–4, 6–3
2003 Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Austria Barbara Schett
Austria Patricia Wartusch
7–5, 7–6(7–1)
2002 Italy Tathiana Garbin
Italy Rita Grande
Australia Catherine Barclay-Reitz
Australia Christina Wheeler
6–2, 7–6(7–3)
2001 Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–4, 6–1
2000 Italy Rita Grande
France Émilie Loit
Belgium Kim Clijsters
Australia Alicia Molik
6–2, 2–6, 6–3
1999 South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
France Émilie Loit
6–2, 6–2
1998 Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
France Julie Halard-Decugis
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7–6(8–6), 6–3
1997 Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Japan Nana Miyagi
Germany Barbara Rittner
Belgium Dominique Monami
6–3, 6–1
1996 Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Japan Kyōko Nagatsuka
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
South Korea Park Sung-hee
7–6(9–7), 6–3
1995 Japan Kyōko Nagatsuka
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Latvia Larisa Neiland
2–6, 6–4, 6–2
1994 United States Linda Wild
United States Chanda Rubin
Australia Jenny Byrne
Australia Rachel McQuillan
7–5, 4–6, 7–6(7–1)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "$6.5 Million for Sport and Recreation Infrastructure". tas.gov.au. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Event's future secured". themercury.com.au. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Development begins at the Domain Tennis Centre". hobartintenrational.com.au. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 

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