Taipei Open

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Taipei WTA Challenger
Tournament information
Event nameTaipei WTA Challenger
LocationTaipei City
Taiwan
VenueTaipei Arena
CategoryWTA 125K series
SurfaceCarpet - indoors
Draw32S / 16Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$125,000 (2018)
Websiteoectennis.com
Current champions (2018)
SinglesThailand Luksika Kumkhum
DoublesIndia Ankita Raina
India Karman Thandi
Chuang Chia-jung has lifted the doubles trophy three times at this event as the home-crowd favourite
Japan's Ayumi Morita has reached the singles final three times here; winning the title in 2011 and finishing runner-up in 2009 & 2010

The Taipei Open or Taipei WTA Challenger (Chinese: 台北海碩網球公開賽) is a tournament for female professional tennis players played on indoor carpet courts. The event is currently classified as an WTA 125K tournament. It has been held annually in November in Taipei City, Taiwan, from 2008 until 2015, and was sponsored by the OEC Group. In 2012, the event was upgraded from a $100,000 ITF tournament to a WTA Challenger tournament.

History[edit]

In 2007, OEC Group Chairman Robert Han organized an ITF tournament in Taoyuan where the prize was $50,000 plus hotel.[1][2][3] OEC has retroactively referred to the event as the 2007 OEC Cup Taiwan Ladies Open.[1][4]

In October 18–20, 2008, the OEC Group held the 2008 OEC Taipei Ladies Open, which was a WTA-sanctioned ITF $100,000+H Tournament.[5] held at the National Taiwan University Gymnasium and the Taipei Arena.[6][7] In 2010 and 2011 it was called the OEC Taipei Ladies Open, and it has also been referred to as the Haishuo Cup (海碩盃).[1][8][9]

In 2012, the event was upgraded to a WTA 125K series event.[5][10] It had attracted over 60,000 visitors.[11] In 2013, the tournament was renamed to OEC Taipei WTA Challenger.[1][12][13][14] and has used that name since.[15]

Past finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
↓   ITF 75K Kaohsiung event   ↓
2006 Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 6–0
↓   ITF 50K Taoyuan event   ↓
†2007 Japan Akiko Morigami Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 6–4, 7–6 (7–5) [16]
↓   ITF 100K+H event   ↓
2008 Slovakia Jarmila Gajdošová Italy Corinna Dentoni 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
2009 Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan Japan Ayumi Morita 6–4, 2–6, 6–2
2010 China Peng Shuai [17] Japan Ayumi Morita 6–1, 6–4
2011 Japan Ayumi Morita Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 6–2, 6–2
↓   WTA 125K series event   ↓
2012 France Kristina Mladenovic Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen 6–4, 6–3
2013 Belgium Alison Van Uytvanck Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 6–4, 6–2
2014 Russia Vitalia Diatchenko Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan 1–6, 6–2, 6–4
2015 Hungary Tímea Babos Japan Misaki Doi 7–5, 6–3
2016 Russia Evgeniya Rodina Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen 6–4, 6–3
2017 Switzerland Belinda Bencic Netherlands Arantxa Rus 7–6(7–3), 6–1
2018 Thailand Luksika Kumkhum Germany Sabine Lisicki 6–1, 6–3

† – note: not considered the Taipei Open by some sources

Doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
↓   ITF 50K Taoyuan event   ↓
†2007 Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Shu-ying
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
6–1, 2–6, [14–12][16]
↓   ITF 100K+H event   ↓
2008 Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Chinese Taipei Hsu Wen-hsin
Chinese Taipei Hwang I-hsuan
6–3, 6–3
2009 Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan (2)
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung (2)
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
United States Riza Zalameda
6–3, 3–6, [10–7]
2010 Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung (3)
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
India Sania Mirza
6–4, 6–2
2011 Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan (3)
China Zheng Jie
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková
7–6(7–5), 5–7, [10–5]
↓   WTA 125K series event   ↓
2012 Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching (2)
France Kristina Mladenovic
Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
Belarus Olga Govortsova
5–7, 6–2, [10–8]
2013 France Caroline Garcia
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
Germany Anna-Lena Friedsam
Belgium Alison Van Uytvanck
6–3, 6–3
2014 Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching (3)
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan (4)
Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
6–4, 6–3
2015 Japan Kanae Hisami
Japan Kotomi Takahata
Russia Marina Melnikova
Belgium Elise Mertens
6–1, 6–2
2016 Russia Natela Dzalamidze
Russia Veronika Kudermetova
Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
2017 Russia Veronika Kudermetova (2)
Belarus Aryna Sabalenka
Australia Monique Adamczak
United Kingdom Naomi Broady
2–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–6]
2018 India Ankita Raina
India Karman Thandi
Russia Olga Doroshina
Russia Natela Dzalamidze
6–3, 5–7, [12–12], ret.

† – note: not considered the Taipei Open by some sources

References[edit]

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  17. ^ 'China’s Peng claims Taipei Ladies title' (Retrieved November 8, 2010)

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