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 (currently sponsored as BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games and formerly known as Proximus Diamond Games, GDF-Suez Diamond Games and Thomas Cook Diamond Games ) is a professional women's tennis tournament organized in Antwerp, Belgium. The tournament takes place in the Sportpaleis, in beginning of February. In 2009, with the restructuring of the Women's Tennis Association 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 before returning to the WTA calendar in 2015.

The Diamond Games offers a trophy to any player who wins the singles three times in five years. In 2007, upon completing this feat, Amélie Mauresmo won a golden racquet decorated with diamonds. A new trophy was unveiled in 2008, which featured a golden racquet and a ball, and was decorated with 2008 diamonds.

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 Serbia Ana Ivanovic Belgium Kim Clijsters 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
2007 Serbia Ana Ivanovic Belgium Kim Clijsters 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2008 Belgium Justine Henin Italy Karin Knapp 6–3, 6–3
2009-14 Exhibition tournaments held under the name Thomas Cook Diamond Games
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2015 Germany Andrea Petkovic Spain Carla Suarez 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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