WTA Indian Open

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Mumbai Open
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Tournament information
Founded2003
Abolished2018
Editions6
LocationHyderabad, Bangalore, Pune[1]
Mumbai[2]
India
VenueSAAP Tennis Complex (2003–05)
Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex (2012)
Cricket Club of India (2017–18)
CategoryChallenger
SurfaceDecoTurf (hard) – outdoors
Draw32S / 16Q / 8D
Prize money$125,000 (2018)
Websitemumbaiopen.in
Current champions (2018)
SinglesThailand Luksika Kumkhum
DoublesRussia Natela Dzalamidze
Russia Veronika Kudermetova

The WTA Indian Open is a tournament for professional female tennis players, held regularly since 2003 in various Indian cities. It was a WTA Tour event played on outdoor hardcourts. In 2008, it was classified as a Tier II event with the prize money of $600,000 – this made it the biggest women's tennis tournament in South and Southeast Asia that year. Following the restructure of the WTA in 2008, there has been no WTA tournaments in India since. In 2012, a tournament, classified as a WTA Challenger Series tournament, made its debut in Pune, India.[3] The Challenger tournament has since been relocated to Mumbai.

History[edit]

The event started in 2003 as a Tier IV event. It was held in SAAP Tennis Complex in Hyderabad, Telangana until 2005. In 2006, the event was upgraded to a Tier III event, and was moved to Bangalore. In 2008, it was upgraded further to a Tier II event.

The 2008 edition was won by 26-year-old, then eight-time Grand-Slam champion Serena Williams, who defeated Patty Schnyder in the finals, winning her 29th WTA Tour title.[4]

In 2012, the tournament was featured as a WTA Challenger event, and named the Royal Indian Open. Pune is the fourth city in the history of India to host a WTA event, after Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Kolkata (Sunfeast Open). Later, Mumbai became the fifth city to do the same.[citation needed]

India's renewed participation through this Challenger event was originally supposed to be held in Delhi,[5] but on 17 October 2012, just a few weeks before the tournament's first edition, it was announced the event had been shifted to Pune, to be held at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.[citation needed]

In 2012, it became the second event (after the OEC Taipei Ladies Open) to be part of the WTA 125s.[citation needed]

The tournament was not held between 2013–16 due to various reasons, but in 2017 it was reinstated as a WTA 125K series tournament & relocated to Mumbai.

The Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and the Maharashtra State Government came together to reinstate the event, the first of its kind to be held in India since 2012 and the second overall in almost a decade. The Cricket Club of India, a prestigious sporting venue in Mumbai hosted the tournament.[citation needed]

Sponsors[edit]

From 2003–2005, the event was sponsored by Andhra Pradesh Tourism (AP Tourism), and the tournament was named accordingly. In 2006 and 2007, the event was sponsored by Sony Ericsson, and the tournament was also named after the sponsor. In 2008, it was sponsored by the Canara Bank which would have continued to sponsor the event if it had been held 2009 onwards. The 2017 and 2018 editions were sponsored by Larsen & Toubro.

Past finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Location Year Champion Runner-up Score
Mumbai
2018 Thailand Luksika Kumkhum Russia Irina Khromacheva 1–6, 6–2, 6–3
2017 Belarus Aryna Sabalenka Slovenia Dalila Jakupović 6–2, 6–3
Pune
2013–16 Not held
2012 Ukraine Elina Svitolina Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 6–2, 6–3
↑   WTA 125K series event   ↑
Bangalore
2009–11 Not held
2008 United States Serena Williams Switzerland Patty Schnyder 7–5, 6–3
↑   Tier II event   ↑
2007 Russia Yaroslava Shvedova Italy Mara Santangelo 6–4, 6–4
2006 Italy Mara Santangelo Croatia Jelena Kostanić 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–3
↑   Tier III event   ↑
Hyderabad 2005 India Sania Mirza Ukraine Alona Bondarenko 6–4, 5–7, 6–3
2004 Australia Nicole Pratt Russia Maria Kirilenko 7–6(7–3), 6–1
2003 Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn Uzbekistan Iroda Tulyaganova 6–4, 6–4
↑   Tier IV event   ↑

Doubles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Mumbai
2018 Russia Natela Dzalamidze
Russia Veronika Kudermetova
Netherlands Bibiane Schoofs
Czech Republic Barbora Štefková
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2017 Mexico Victoria Rodriguez
Netherlands Bibiane Schoofs
Slovenia Dalila Jakupović
Russia Irina Khromacheva
7–5, 3–6, [10–7]
Pune
2013–16 Not held
2012 Russia Nina Bratchikova
Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
Israel Julia Glushko
Thailand Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
6–0, 4–6, [10–8]
↑   WTA 125K series event   ↑
Bangalore
2009–11 Not held
2008 China Peng Shuai
China Sun Tiantian
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
6–4, 5–7, [10–8]
↑   Tier II event   ↑
2007 Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
6–7(4–7), 6–2, [11–9]
2006 South Africa Liezel Huber (2)
India Sania Mirza (2)
Russia Anastasia Rodionova
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–3, 6–3
↑   Tier III event   ↑
Hyderabad 2005 China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
6–4, 6–1
2004 South Africa Liezel Huber
India Sania Mirza
China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
7–6(7–1), 6–4
2003 Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Uzbekistan Iroda Tulyaganova
Russia Eugenia Kulikovskaya
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
6–4, 6–4
↑   Tier IV event   ↑

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