|2013 Moorilla Hobart International|
|Venue||Hobart International Tennis Centre
The Hobart International (currently known as the Moorilla Hobart International for sponsorship reasons) 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 is currently sponsored by Moorilla Wines, who hold the naming rights; it has previously been sponsored by the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ). 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.
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. 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.
In 2009, the Domain Tennis Centre began a series of redevelopments in order to ensure the tournament's future. 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.
|2013||Elena Vesnina||Mona Barthel||6–3, 6–4|
|2012||Mona Barthel||Yanina Wickmayer||6–1, 6–2|
|2011||Jarmila Groth||Bethanie Mattek-Sands||6–4, 6–3|
|2010||Alona Bondarenko||Shahar Pe'er||6–2, 6–4|
|2009||Petra Kvitová||Iveta Benešová||7–5, 6–1|
|2008||Eleni Daniilidou||Vera Zvonareva||walkover|
|2007||Anna Chakvetadze||Vasilisa Bardina||6–3, 7–6(3)|
|2006||Michaëlla Krajicek||Iveta Benešová||6–2, 6–1|
|2005||Zheng Jie||Gisela Dulko||6–2, 6–0|
|2004||Amy Frazier||Shinobu Asagoe||6–3, 6–3|
|2003||Alicia Molik||Amy Frazier||6–2, 4–6, 6–4|
|2002||Martina Suchá||Anabel Medina Garrigues||7–6(7), 6–1|
|2001||Rita Grande||Jennifer Hopkins||0–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|2000||Kim Clijsters||Chanda Rubin||2–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|1999||Chanda Rubin||Rita Grande||6–2, 6–3|
|1998||Patty Schnyder||Dominique van Roost||6–3, 6–2|
|1997||Dominique van Roost||Marianne Werdel Witmeyer||6–3, 6–3|
|1996||Julie Halard-Decugis||Mana Endo||6–1, 6–2|
|1995||Leila Meskhi||Li Fang||6–2, 6–3|
|1994||Mana Endo||Rachel McQuillan||6–1, 6–7(1), 6–4|
- "$6.5 Million for Sport and Recreation Infrastructure". tas.gov.au. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
- "Event's future secured". themercury.com.au. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
- "Development begins at the Domain Tennis Centre". hobartintenrational.com.au. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010.