The inaugural US$200,000 PTT Thailand Open professional women's tennis tournament, which is being staged at the Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok from 08 – 16 October has attracted the two most exciting teenagers on the WTA Tour
H.E. Suwat Liptapanlop, Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand presiding over the press conference to announce details of the tournament revealed that “ Sania Mirza, the 18 year-old Indian starlet who has shot up the rankings this year and 16 year old Nicole Vaidisova, who with the looks and the game has been billed as the “New Sharapova” will both be competing in Bangkok next month. He added “Vaidisova at the age of 15 last year captured 2 WTA titles and this year she has risen to no 27 in the world, despite being allowed to play only a limited number of tournaments due to her age. Mirza too has made fantastic strides, starting the year at no 2 0 6, she won her home tournament in Hyderabad and has moved up to no 43 in the rankings and has gained the status of a superstar in India .” Both players showed their tremendous potential by reaching the last 16 of the US Open this week.”
Mr. Chaiyapak Siriwat, Chairman of the Organising Committee added “It is great to have these two teenagers coming to compete in Thailand, they will add excitement to the event which already has such great players as World No 9 Nadia Petrova, Conchita Martinez and other rising stars as 20 year old Argentinian Gisella Dulko and our Fed Cup pair of Tamarine Tanasugarn and Suchanan Viratprasert.”
The PTT Thailand Open is the largest professional sporting event for women in Thailand and will be held over nine days at the newly completed tennis complex at the Rama Gardens Hotel in Bangkok .
The facility has a centre court with a capacity for 4,000 spectators with additional grandstand seating on the other two match courts.
The Qualifying rounds will be held on the 8 – 10 October with play commencing at 10.00. Main draw matches will start from the 10 October with play starting from 15.00 daily, including the finals on Sunday 16 October.