PDA

View Full Version : Romania to finally host a WTA event in 2014?


Curcubeu
Oct 27th, 2010, 04:15 PM
The waiting has come to an end?

http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/exclusiv-romania-va-gazdui-un-turneu-wta-in-2014-halep-isi-va-apara-titlul-de-campioana-la-bucuresti-11757134

hellas719
Oct 28th, 2010, 01:49 AM
Of course! :shrug:
I've been wanting this for a LONG time. Europe needs more tournaments. Is it fair that Mexico has more tournaments than Germany or Russia? Is it fair that Uzbekistan, Qatar, UAE, South Korea, and now Azerbaijan get events and Romania, Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia, Ukraine, etc. don't :rolleyes:

But I think Romania deserves it more than other countries since they are the future of women's tennis :shrug:
It should be held on clay where they play the ATP event :shrug:

thadeuss
Oct 28th, 2010, 10:39 AM
We'll probably have one but not in the next 2-3 years. There were talks about an International (220k) tournament in Romania, but due to the financial crisis the sponsors postopned their support. Romania is still in recession but next year the economy will start growing again and maybe the sponsors will show some interest for a WTA tournament.

I think it should be held in Brasov on clay, just before RG. Brasov has one of the most beautiful tennis complexes I've ever seen ;) bigger stands are nedeed but there's enough space for that...


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/3021598405_ecc9064d21_o.jpg


http://www.hoinareala.ro/utile/3_79_olimpia%20bv3.jpg

Curcubeu
Oct 28th, 2010, 01:23 PM
Yes, one of the most picturesque tennis complexes I've ever seen, nestling between the houses of the old town :inlove:

Curcubeu
Oct 28th, 2010, 01:26 PM
Is it fair that Mexico has more tournaments than Germany or Russia? Is it fair that Uzbekistan, Qatar, UAE, South Korea, and now Azerbaijan get events and Romania, Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia, Ukraine, etc. don't :rolleyes:


Belgium has one in Hertogenbosch on grass ;)

ALIEN
Oct 28th, 2010, 10:26 PM
I wish I were a billionaire , then I could sponsor a Wta event in Brasov

hellas719
Oct 31st, 2010, 03:44 AM
Belgium has one in Hertogenbosch on grass ;)

That is the Netherlands :p

Curcubeu
Oct 31st, 2010, 07:50 AM
Oh, I'm sorry! :spit:

But at least, they also speak Flamish ;)

thadeuss
Apr 15th, 2011, 04:35 PM
Great news:bounce: The Romanian Federation signed a contract with BCR, the main sponsor of the ATP tournament "BCR Romania", to sponsor a WTA event starting with 2012.

source
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frt.ro%2F_public%2Fresources%2F files%2FStrategia_FRT_2011.pdf

Curcubeu
Apr 15th, 2011, 04:53 PM
:woohoo:

Great news! :hearts:
It will be played on clay?

thadeuss
Apr 15th, 2011, 05:02 PM
:woohoo:

Great news! :hearts:
It will be played on clay?

of course :hehehe:

hellas719
Apr 16th, 2011, 02:22 AM
:cheer:

ALIEN
Apr 16th, 2011, 07:54 AM
:aparty:

hellas719
Apr 17th, 2011, 04:23 AM
Hopefully:
MD-Cirstea, Dulgheru, Niculescu, Halep, Begu, Gallovits-Hall
MDWC-Olaru, E.Bogdan, Gojnea
Q-Ungur, Cadantu
QWC-Dabija, Buzarnescu, A.Bogdan, Dinu

Did I forget anyone? Maybe Andrei or Szatmari? :unsure:

Curcubeu
Apr 17th, 2011, 08:02 AM
No, those two have been regressed the past years... :sad:

thadeuss
Jun 21st, 2011, 11:16 AM
BCR Bank stopped sponsoring the men's event (starting this year BRD Bank will be the new sponsor), and will focus only on women tennis. This mean we might see a Premier tournament next year (or in the near future) in Romania...

The 100k+H tournament will be played at Herastrau Park Tennis Acadamy were a 2k temporary arena will be erected, but the WTA event could be played at BNR Arena. Halep, Begu, Olaru and E. Bogdan already announced their participation. website -> http://www.bcropen.ro/ro/

Curcubeu
Jun 30th, 2011, 06:45 PM
Gojnea also confirmed her participation! :D
Sorana is likely to do so according to Meelis in her thread! :cool:
Also Dokic who is defending her title there will probably show up! :yeah:
The organizers reckon with 5-6 Top 100 players
The wild cards will go exclusively to Romanian players, Olaru will receive one of the 4 main draw wildcards.

http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/mai-multe-jucatoare-din-top-100-wta-asteptate-la-bcr-open-romania-ladies-8417783

Meelis
Jun 30th, 2011, 06:51 PM
Gojnea also confirmed her participation! :D
Sorana is likely to do so according to Meelis in her thread! :cool:
Also Dokic who is defending her title there will probably show up! :yeah:
The organizers reckon with 5-6 Top 100 players


List is out. Zakopalova and Larsson are top foreign players. No Dokic though.

Curcubeu
Jun 30th, 2011, 07:33 PM
Romanian press :facepalm:

Klara will be top seed, though! :eek:

codrutc
Jul 1st, 2011, 07:04 PM
11 top 100 players at this point. Not bad.

Meelis
Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:20 AM
Some will play Petange for sure.

codrutc
Jul 2nd, 2011, 05:01 PM
Some will play Petange for sure.

?????

javier_saviola
Jul 7th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Hi,

I want to go see the matches of this tournament, it will be very interesting with lots of Romanian players participating here. I see on the official website that Halep, Begu, Cirstea, Gojnea, Cadantu and Ungur are already in the MD and Olaru, E. Bogdan, Enache, Dabija, Laura Andrei in the Qualies.

I noticed on the official website that the organizers will also give 4 MDWCs and 6 Qualy WCs, all to Romanians (as they state). Do you have any idea when the WCs will be announced and what players should get them ??? :)

Curcubeu
Jul 7th, 2011, 02:12 PM
I don't know and as far as I'm concerned the organizers haven't announced them yet, but I'm 1000% sure that Olaru will receive a main draw wildcard, though it would be better for her to play qualis... :o

If they only award wildcards to Romanian players, it would make sense to give them to the 3 following highest ranked Romanian players Bogdan, Enache and Dabija, but we will see... :shrug:

I'm already excited about the event! :)

javier_saviola
Jul 7th, 2011, 02:32 PM
Olaru will certainely receive a MDWC... and I agree with you, it would be normal that the rest 3 WCs to be awarded to the highest ranked players who couldn't make it to the WC.

What about the Qualies WCs? Is there any chance that some talented Romanian young players to get the 6 spots? If not, who would get them ???

Curcubeu
Jul 7th, 2011, 09:59 PM
Pous-Tio and Martic also confirmed their participation in the tournament: :)

http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/simona-halep-la-bcr-ladies-open-romania-8458363#comments

Suarez-Navarro and Krajicek are also mentioned.

hellas719
Jul 8th, 2011, 01:25 AM
Olaru will probably get in MD without a WC :shrug:

Curcubeu
Jul 12th, 2011, 04:41 PM
Olaru will probably get in MD without a WC :shrug:

Yeah, she is and can serve as a walking bye :rolleyes:

The full entry list:

1 HALEP, Simona ROU 58 1
2 BEGU, Irina-Camelia ROU 78 1
3 CIRSTEA, Sorana ROU 86 1
4 POUS-TIO, Laura ESP 90 1
5 MARTIC, Petra CRO 98 1
6 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla ESP 119 1
7 CAMERIN, Maria-Elena ITA 120 1
8 VORACOVA, Renata CZE 128 1
9 SOLER-ESPINOSA, Silvia ESP 140 1
10 DENTONI, Corinna ITA 145 1
11 VOEGELE, Stefanie SUI 152 1
12 KRAJICEK, Michaella NED 155 2
13 FLORIS, Anna ITA 157 2
14 SEMA, Erika JPN 158 1
15 GOJNEA, Madalina ROU 160 1
16 CADANTU, Alexandra ROU 167 1
17 THORPE, Laura FRA 172 1
18 BERTENS, Kiki NED 179 1
19 ZEC-PESKIRIC, Masa SLO 181 1
20 UNGUR, Liana-Gabriela ROU 183 1
21 OLARU, Iona-Raluca ROU 184 1
22 KOSTOVA, Elitsa BUL 186 1


Bogdan is first in qualifying and will probably get a WC.

Meelis
Jul 12th, 2011, 04:46 PM
Bogdan will be in directly, once the special exempt places are cleared.

Curcubeu
Jul 12th, 2011, 05:06 PM
Ah, didn't notice that :)

By the way, any news about TV or live stream coverage? :unsure:

thadeuss
Jul 12th, 2011, 05:13 PM
TVR2 seems to be the only media (TV) partner so I suppose they will cover this tournament.:sad:

Curcubeu
Jul 14th, 2011, 04:15 PM
It seems that Elena Bogdan really could enter the main draw directly, so tournament director Marius Comanescu has announced that the 4 main draw wildcards will go to
* Elora Dabija
* Cristina Dinu
* Diana Enache
* Andreea Mitu

The 6 qualifying wildcards will go to
* Camelia Cristea :spit:
* Raluca Platon
* Andreea Iova
* Larissa Sporea
* Simona Ionescu
* Alexandra Damaschin

So, no wildcards to our young junior generation... :sad:

The main draw wildcards as expected to the highest ranked Romanian players who can't eneter directly. I don't know why Buzarnescu didn't want to enter, though... :shrug:

hellas719
Jul 15th, 2011, 01:29 AM
I think these are good WC choices since a lot of the younger girls are playing the European Championships :shrug:

codrutc
Jul 15th, 2011, 02:48 AM
I think these are good WC choices since a lot of the younger girls are playing the European Championships :shrug:

Good point but it's only the U14 and U16 girls, 4 girls total.

hellas719
Jul 15th, 2011, 03:13 AM
^U18 too :p

Curcubeu
Jul 15th, 2011, 05:04 PM
OK, some changes in the entry list because of late withdrawals and this is qualifying draw:

(1)Estrella Cabeza-Candela (ESP) v Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)
Matilda Hamlin (SWE) v (wc)Georgiana Patrasc (ROU)

Larisa Sporea (ROU) v Zuzana Luknarova (SVK)
(7)Andreja Klepac (SLO) v Ionela-Andreea Iova (ROU)

(2)Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) v (wc)Gabriela Talaba (ROU)
Bianca Hincu (ROU) v Sabina Lupu (ROU)

Ingrid-Alexandra Radu (ROU) v (wc)Carla Georgescu (AUS)
(6)Eva Fernandez-Brugues (ESP) v Claudia Antonia Enache (ROU)

(3)Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Laura-Ioana Andrei (ROU)
Gabriela Duca (ROU) v (wc)Alexandra Damaschin (ROU)

Dalia Zafirova (BUL) v Agnes Szatmari (ROU)
(8)Annalisa Bona (ITA) v Darija Jurak (CRO)

(4)Natalie Piquion (FRA) v Elizaveta Ianchuk (UKR)
Nadiya Kichenok (UKR) v (wc)Lorena Gheorghe (ROU)

Raluca Elena Platon (ROU) v (wc)Simona Ionescu (ROU)
(5)Lenka Jurikova (SVK) v Alexandra Ion (ROU)

So the wildcards were awarded to Georgescu, Gheorghe, Talaba, Patrasc and at least the Romanian sportpress had 2 right with Damaschin and Ionescu (Iova, Platon and Sporea with direct entry)! :worship:

Curcubeu
Jul 16th, 2011, 07:36 PM
QR1

(1)Estrella Cabeza-Candela (ESP) d. Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 61 62
Matilda Hamlin (SWE) d. (wc)Georgiana Patrasc (ROU) 62 76(2)

Zuzana Luknarova (SVK) d. Larisa Sporea (ROU) 61 61
(7)Andreja Klepac (SLO) d. Ionela-Andreea Iova (ROU) 60 60

(2)Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) d. (wc)Gabriela Talaba (ROU) 62 26 62 :lol:
Sabina Lupu (ROU) d. Bianca Hincu (ROU) 62 62

Ingrid-Alexandra Radu (ROU) d. (wc)Carla Georgescu (AUS) 61 61
(6)Eva Fernandez-Brugues (ESP) d. Claudia Antonia Enache (ROU) 60 61

Laura-Ioana Andrei (ROU) d. (3)Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 64 75 :banana: :banana:
(wc)Alexandra Damaschin (ROU) d. Gabriela Duca (ROU) 61 64

Agnes Szatmari (ROU) d. Dalia Zafirova (BUL) 63 62
(8)Annalisa Bona (ITA) d. Darija Jurak (CRO) 60 61

(4)Natalie Piquion (FRA) d. Elizaveta Ianchuk (UKR) 64 46 23 Ret.
Nadiya Kichenok (UKR) d. (wc)Lorena Gheorghe (ROU) 62 64

(wc)Simona Ionescu (ROU) d. Raluca Elena Platon (ROU) 57 64 76(3)
(5)Lenka Jurikova (SVK) d. Alexandra Ion (ROU) 61 60

Laura-Ioana is the first one making use of the home crowd and courts! :D

Curcubeu
Jul 20th, 2011, 07:54 PM
4 of 8 players in the quarters are from Romania! :worship:

And one is guaranteed in the semis because Sorana and Alexandra are playing each other! :)

hellas719
Feb 28th, 2012, 03:16 AM
Any news on the WTA event? :unsure:

Meelis
Mar 3rd, 2012, 11:34 PM
Bucharest will still be 100k+H and Craiova is upgraded to 50k+H.

Curcubeu
Mar 4th, 2012, 12:10 PM
A 50k in Craiova? Wow, that's good news!

Curcubeu
Dec 12th, 2013, 03:05 PM
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/exclusiv-romania-va-gazdui-un-turneu-wta-in-2014-halep-isi-va-apara-titlul-de-campioana-la-bucuresti-11757134

Will made my year if true.

CheddarChomper
Dec 12th, 2013, 03:20 PM
Unfortunately i don't think it is true (yet). Today the WTA announced a whole load of changes to the calendar for 2014 and 2015 and there was no mention of Bucharest. Unless it's going to be announced separately in the next few days? Fingers crossed!

codrutc
Dec 12th, 2013, 05:25 PM
My guess is that Romanian newspapers are bluffing.
A wish is one thing but to materialize is another. WTA won't move anything before they know they got a better deal.
Who are the sponsors? This media speculation reminds me of daily pompous titles about imaginary soccer transactions that made me stop paying any attention years ago.

Nightcrawl3r
Dec 12th, 2013, 07:42 PM
It says that BCR (part of the ERSTE Group for foreigners) would be the sponsor (the one who hosted the biggest ITF in Bucharest till last year)


Anyway, I didn't find anywhere else that Budapest would be canceled. + the tourney is shown also in the provisionally 2015 Calendar :( .

It would be very nice but it doesn't look very credible at the moment . Last year, the Calendar was last edited on the 15th of December.

.

ioana_sk8r
Dec 12th, 2013, 09:05 PM
It would be awesome, but I'll believe it when I see it on the WTA website. ProSport has gotten plenty of things wrong in the past.

Nightcrawl3r
Dec 12th, 2013, 10:01 PM
E perfect pe subiect video-ul urmator :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubuc-By8hmQ&t=0m56s - - De la 0:56 pana la 1:30

:lol::spit:

.

ioana_sk8r
Dec 13th, 2013, 12:52 AM
Not quite that bad, but along those lines ;).

Curcubeu
Dec 13th, 2013, 05:54 PM
It would be very nice but it doesn't look very credible at the moment . Last year, the Calendar was last edited on the 15th of December.


This might be the case but remember that at this time last year the tournament in Barcelona was also still standing on this provisional calendar and 2 months before it should have held the organizers were withdrawing from the WTA tour which led to the event having been held in Nuremberg instead.

I want to defend the Romanian sports media at this point by saying that I don't think these rumours are completely out of the blue. The event in Budapest is close to being shut down since Szavay has lost a top ranking spot. To be more precise, it's only a matter of time until this event will disappear from the calendar. In this case I can imagine a possible event in Bucharest already being planned as immediate back-up should Budapest already pull out in the course of the next months.

It would certainly be the perfect replacement thinking in geographic terms and the number of visitors would surmount the one in Budapest easily.

E perfect pe subiect video-ul urmator :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubuc-By8hmQ&t=0m56s - - De la 0:56 pana la 1:30

:lol::spit:

.

:worship:

Raddu
Dec 14th, 2013, 12:13 PM
Great news ! :bounce:
http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/tenis/turneul-wta-organizat-de-romania-in-linie-dreapta-guvernul-a-suplimentat-cu-1-1-milioane-bugetul-mts-pentru-2014-11769902

( The Romanian Goverment increased the sports budget for the WTA tournament )

Nightcrawl3r
Feb 4th, 2014, 03:50 PM
Today, the WTA Calendar has been Updated and Bucharest Open replaced Budapest Grand Prix (OFFICIAL) for the 7-13 July week.

http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-Archive/Archive/AboutTheTour/TourCalendar_2014.pdf


So Romania will finally host its 1st WTA tournament ever. :drool:


Hope it will last more than 1 year, as in 2015 there won't be any elections (the main financing coming from the Government) :tape:

.

DanLovesWTA
Feb 4th, 2014, 04:14 PM
Great news!!

Curcubeu
Feb 4th, 2014, 06:04 PM
Great news.

Some early candidates for wildcards?

Begu and Dulgheru are a lock if they won't get in directly. Mitu might snatch the third one.

Djezonfly
Feb 4th, 2014, 08:38 PM
Omg I would kill to attend.

Nightcrawl3r
Feb 4th, 2014, 08:47 PM
Omg I would kill to attend.

You have lots of events in France :p where you can see Niculescu, Halep, Cirstea + a lot of other top players :p

.

Djezonfly
Feb 5th, 2014, 12:09 AM
I was actually thinking of going to Poitiers 100k this year to see the Queen in action. But players playing in front of their homecrowd is something different :inlove:

Belle de Jour
Feb 5th, 2014, 08:49 AM
I am sooooo going!!!