2008 Bausch & Lomb Championships
|2008 Bausch & Lomb Championships|
|Draw||56S / 16D|
|Surface||Clay / outdoor|
|Location||Amelia Island, Florida, U.S.|
|Venue||Amelia Island Plantation|
| Bethanie Mattek |
The 2008 Bausch & Lomb Championships was the 29th edition of that tennis tournament and was played on outdoor clay courts. It was classified as a Tier II event on the 2008 WTA Tour. The event took place at the Racquet Park at the Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida, U.S. from April 7 through April 13, 2008. The tournament offered total prize money of US$600,000. First-seeded Maria Sharapova won the singles title and earned $95,500 first-prize money.
Tatiana Golovin of France was the defending singles champion.
Maria Sharapova, in her first event appearance, defeated Dominika Cibulková in the final to become the champion. This was also her first clay court title. Other top ten players appearing included Anna Chakvetadze, Australian Open semi-finalist Daniela Hantuchová and Marion Bartoli. Other notable names participating were three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport and Amélie Mauresmo.
- This was Sharapova's third title of the year, 19th of her career, and her first clay court title.
- Mark Long (April 13, 2008). "Sharapova beats Cibulkova at Amelia Island, wins 1st clay-court title". USA Today.
- Francine King (April 14, 2008). "Sharapova soars in her debut". jacksonville.com.