Diamond Games

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Diamond Games
Diamond Games logo.jpg
Tournament information
Founded 2002–2009, 2015
Location Antwerp
Belgium
Venue Sportpaleis Merksem
Category Tier II (2002–2009)
WTA Premier (2015–)
Surface Hard (indoors)
Draw 28S/32Q/16D
Prize money $731,000
Website Sport.be

The Diamond Games (known as BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games for sponsorship reason) is a professional women's tennis tournament organized in Antwerp, Belgium. Held from 2002 until 2008 as Proximus Diamond Games, the tournament took and takes place in the Sportpaleis, and was/is 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 lost its status of being a WTA tour tournament and evolved into an annual exhibition tennis event featuring Kim Clijsters, first as the Thomas Cook Diamond Games, in 2009, the GDF-Suez Diamond Games in 2010 and in 2011 as the Diamond Games with BNP Paribas Fortis.

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 inspiration for the trophy came from a previous men's tennis event that used to be held in Antwerp, the European Community Championships. 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.

After being an exhibition-only event between 2009 and 2014, the competitive version of Diamond Games returned to WTA calender in 2015, replacing the Paris based Open GDF Suez tournament, with a status of WTA Premier event.

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
2009-14 Only exhibition tournaments held
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2015 Germany Andrea Petkovic Spain Carla Suárez Navarro Walkover

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
2009-14 Only exhibition tournaments held
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2015 Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
Belgium An-Sophie Mestach
Belgium Alison Van Uytvanck
6–4, 3–6, [10–5]

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