The US$200,000 PTT Bangkok Open which will be staged in Bangkok from 6 -14 October 2007, has attracted leading women’s tennis stars to its line-up as it makes its debut at the new National Tennis Development Centre in Muangthongthani.
The tournament, which is the biggest women’s tennis event in Thailand is in its 3rd year on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour calendar.
Included in the field for the PTT Bangkok Open are some of the big names of women’s tennis. Newly crowned Wimbledon champion Venus Williams heads the list. The former World No 1 has a total of 14 Grand Slam titles to her name and her powerful performance at Wimbledon indicates she is back to her best form. Her win at Wimbledon catapulted her back into the top 20.
Venus will face some tough opposition, none more so that Serbian
star Jelena Jankovic, who was voted most improved player on the WTA tour in 2006. This year she has proven to be the hottest player on the tour, and is the only player to have won on all 3 surfaces: a win on hard courts in Auckland, on clay in Rome and Charleston and on the grass in Birmingham have confirmed Jankovic’s all-court status. Her quick rise up the ranking to No 3 has established her as one of the superstars of the WTA tour.
The third top twenty player to have signed-up is Shahar Peer of Israel. Peer who enjoys playing in Thailand scored her maiden success in Pattaya last year and went on to win a hat-trick of titles.
She has consolidated her position in the top twenty this year and will be an extremely tough competitor to beat on hard courts which is her favourite surface.
Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop, President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand commented that “ we are really excited to have attracted the players of the calibre of Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic to play in Bangkok this year. Venus’s win in Wimbledon has proved that she is still a force to be reckoned with in women’s tennis, whilst Jelena has had an amazing year and I am really looking forward to see them both in action in October.”
The qualifying rounds of the PTT Bangkok Open will be held on
6 - 8 October, whilst the main draw will start from 15.00 daily from
8 – 14 October. One semi-final match and the final will be televised
“live” on local TV and throughout the Asian region.
Tickets are available for the PTT Thailand Open at the following prices:
Saturday 6 October – Sunday 7 October: Admission Free
Monday 8 October – Thursday 11 October 300 & 500 baht
Friday 12 October – Sunday 14 October: 500, 800 & 1,000 baht
For further information and ticket bookings, call the ticket hot line: 02-3823491-3, or visit the official website at: www.pentanglepromotions.com
Sponsors of the PTT Bangkok Open are: PTT Public Co., Ltd, Bangkok Municipal Administration, Sony-Ericsson, The Nation Publishing Co.,Ltd, Today Express, Dunlop, Yonex and Head.