Morocco Open

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Tournament information
Founded 2001
Location Casablanca (2001–2004)
Rabat (2005–2006)
Fes (2007–2012)
Marrakesh (2013–2015)
Rabat (since 2016)
Morocco
Category Tier V (2001–2004)
Tier IV (2005–2008)
International (since 2009)
Surface Clay - outdoors
Draw 32S / 32Q / 16D
Prize money US$226,750 (2017)
Website frmt.ma
Current champions (2018)
Women's singles Belgium Elise Mertens
Women's doubles Russia Anna Blinkova
Romania Raluca Olaru

The Morocco Open or Rabat Grand Prix (for sponsorship reasons called the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem), is a women's professional tennis tournament currently held in Rabat, Morocco. This WTA Tour event is classified as an International tournament and is played on outdoor clay courts. It is the only WTA tournament held in Africa.[1]

History[edit]

The event started in July 2001 in Casablanca, Morocco. It stayed in that city until 2005, when it was moved to Rabat the first time. In 2007, the tournament changed location again, this time to Fes. In 2013 it was relocated to Marrakesh, before returning to Rabat in 2016.

The tournament is named after Princess Lalla Meryem, the sister of Mohammed VI, King of Morocco.

From 2005 through 2008, the tournament was a Tier IV event. Before 2005, it was a Tier V event.

Past finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Casablanca 2001 Hungary Zsófia Gubacsi Italy Maria Elena Camerin 1–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
2002 Austria Patricia Wartusch Czech Republic Klára Koukalová 5–7, 6–3, 6–3
2003 Italy Rita Grande Italy Antonella Serra Zanetti 6–2, 4–6, 6–1 
2004 France Émilie Loit Slovakia Ľudmila Cervanová 6–2, 6–2 
Rabat 2005 Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives China Zheng Jie 6–4, 6–2
2006 United States Meghann Shaughnessy Slovakia Martina Suchá 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Fes 2007 Venezuela Milagros Sequera Canada Aleksandra Wozniak 6–1, 6–3
2008 Argentina Gisela Dulko Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–5)
2009 Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Russia Ekaterina Makarova 6–0, 6–1
2010 Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Romania Simona Halep 6–4, 6–2
2011 Italy Alberta Brianti Romania Simona Halep 6–4, 6–3
2012 Netherlands Kiki Bertens Spain Laura Pous Tió 7–5, 6–0
Marrakesh 2013 Italy Francesca Schiavone Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino 6–1, 6–3
2014 Spain María Teresa Torró Flor Switzerland Romina Oprandi 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
2015 Ukraine Elina Svitolina Hungary Tímea Babos 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Rabat 2016 Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky New Zealand Marina Erakovic 6–2, 6–1
2017 Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Italy Francesca Schiavone 7–5, 7–5
2018 Belgium Elise Mertens Australia Ajla Tomljanović 6–2, 7–6(7–4)

Doubles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Casablanca 2001 Sweden Åsa Svensson
Bulgaria Lubomira Bacheva
Argentina María Emilia Salerni
Spain María José Martínez
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–1
2002 Austria Patricia Wartusch
Hungary Petra Mandula
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Spain Conchita Martínez Granados
6–2, 6–1
2003 Argentina María Emilia Salerni
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Ukraine Olena Tatarkova
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
6–3, 6–4
2004 France Marion Bartoli
France Émilie Loit
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Belgium Els Callens
6–4, 6–2
Rabat 2005 France Émilie Loit (2)
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
Spain Lourdes Domínguez
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
3–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–5
2006 China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
United States Ashley Harkleroad
United States Bethanie Mattek
6–1, 6–3
Fes 2007 India Sania Mirza
United States Vania King
Romania Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
Russia Anastasia Rodionova
6–1, 6–2
2008 Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
6–2, 6–2
2009 Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Russia Maria Kirilenko
6–3, 2–6, [10–8]
2010 Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
6–3, 6–1
2011 Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
Russia Nina Bratchikova
Austria Sandra Klemenschits
6–3, 6–4
2012 Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Russia Alexandra Panova
Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
Romania Alexandra Cadanțu
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [11–9]
Marrakesh 2013 Hungary Tímea Babos
Luxembourg Mandy Minella
Croatia Petra Martić
France Kristina Mladenovic
6–3, 6–1
2014 Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Switzerland Romina Oprandi
Poland Katarzyna Piter
Ukraine Maryna Zanevska
4–6, 6–2, [11-9]
2015 Hungary Tímea Babos (2)
France Kristina Mladenovic
Germany Laura Siegemund
Ukraine Maryna Zanevska
6–1, 7–6(7–5)
Rabat 2016 Switzerland Xenia Knoll
Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
Germany Tatjana Maria
Romania Raluca Olaru
6–3, 6–0
2017 Hungary Tímea Babos (3)
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková (2)
Serbia Nina Stojanović
Belgium Maryna Zanevska
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
2018 Russia Anna Blinkova
Romania Raluca Olaru
Spain Georgina García Pérez
Hungary Fanny Stollár
6–4, 6–4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wta tournament info". Retrieved 27 April 2016. 

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