Groth, Date Krumm to headline OEC Taipei Ladies Open

Twelve players ranked in the

WTA’s (

Women’s

Tennis

Association) top 100, including

Jarmila Groth of Australia and Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan, have

entered the 2010 OEC Taipei Ladies Open, organizers said

Friday.

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

hour.

Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia, Romani Oprandi of Italy, Ayumi

Morita of Japan and China’s Peng Shuai are among other notable

foreign competitors.

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.