Proximus Diamond Games

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Proximus Diamond Games
Proximus Diamond Games logo.jpg
Tournament information
Founded 2002
Abolished 2009
Location Antwerp
Belgium
Venue Sportpaleis Merksem
Category Tier II
Surface Hard / Indoors
Draw 28M/32Q/16D
Prize money $600,000
Website Sport.be

The Proximus Diamond Games was a professional tennis tournament held in Antwerp, Belgium. Held since 2002, the tournament takes place in the Sportpaleis, and was played at the beginning of February. In 2009, with the restructuring of the WTA tour and the retirement of both Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, the tournament both lost its status as part of the WTA tour, and lost a large amount of its target audience. However, an exhibition tournament was held on 2009-12-09 as the Thomas Cook Diamond Games, which Clijsters played at, with a second edition planned for 2010.

The Diamond Games offered a distinctive trophy to any player that can win the singles three times in five years. In 2007, upon completing this feat, Amélie Mauresmo won a golden racquet decorated with diamonds. The racquet's value was an estimated 1 million euros. The others to come close to winning the racquet were Venus Williams in 2006; but she pulled out two days before the event, citing a persistent wrist injury, and Justine Henin who retired on in May 2008.

A new trophy was unveiled in 2008, which featured a golden racquet and a ball, and was decorated with 2008 diamonds. The conditions for winning it were the same. Its value is an estimated 1.5 million euros.

Past finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
↓  Tier II tournament  ↓
2002 United States Venus Williams Belgium Justine Henin 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
2003 United States Venus Williams Belgium Kim Clijsters 6–2, 6–4
2004 Belgium Kim Clijsters Italy Silvia Farina Elia 6–3, 6–0
2005 France Amélie Mauresmo United States Venus Williams 4–6, 7–5, 6–4
2006 France Amélie Mauresmo Belgium Kim Clijsters 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
2007 France Amélie Mauresmo Belgium Kim Clijsters 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2008 Belgium Justine Henin Italy Karin Knapp 6–3, 6–3
2009- Exhibition

Doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
↓  Tier II tournament  ↓
2002 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
France Nathalie Dechy
United States Meilen Tu
6–3, 6–7(3–7), 6–3
2003 Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
France Nathalie Dechy
France Émilie Loit
6–2, 6–0
2004 Zimbabwe Cara Black
Belgium Els Callens
Switzerland Myriam Casanova
Greece Eleni Daniilidou
6–2, 6–1
2005 Zimbabwe Cara Black
Belgium Els Callens
Spain Anabel Medina
Russia Dinara Safina
3–6, 6–4, 6–4
2006 Russia Dinara Safina
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
France Stéphanie Foretz
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
6–1, 6–1
2007 Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Russia Elena Vesnina
7–5, 4–6, 6–1
2008 Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–1, 6–3
2009- Exhibition

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