Groth, Date Krumm to headline OEC Taipei Ladies Open
Twelve players ranked in the
Association) top 100, including
Jarmila Groth of Australia and Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan, have
entered the 2010 OEC Taipei Ladies Open, organizers said
The top-seeded Groth, who won the tournament in its first year
in 2008, has the highest ranking of any player in the field at No.
42, followed by Date-Krumm at No. 56.
They will be joined by local favorites Chan Yung-jan, Chang
Kai-chen, Hsieh Su-wei and Chuang Chia-jung in front of hometown
crowds at Taipei Arena.
The total purse for the ITF (International Tennis Federation)
event is US$100,000, according to the Chinese Taipei Tennis
Association (CTTA), which is organizing the tournament.
ITF tourneys are a tier below WTA events, which have minimum
purses of US$220,000 and attract higher seeded players.
Forty-year-old veteran Date-Krumm, who retired in 1993 and
returned to tennis in 2008, and Alicia Molik, the women’s singles
bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, who ranked as high as
8th and is now 98th, are among a competitive group of players
capable of winning this year’s event.
Germany’s 21-year-old rising star Sabine Lisicki, a women’s
singles quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 2009, is expected to wow
crowds with serves that can reach nearly 200 kilometers per
Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia, Romani Oprandi of Italy, Ayumi
Morita of Japan and China’s Peng Shuai are among other notable
Chan Yung-jan, the highest-ranked Taiwanese player on the
women’s tour at No. 81, enters the tournament as the defending
champion after defeating Morita 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in the women’s
singles final last year.