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Moorilla Hobart International

Hobart International
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Tournament information
Founded1994; 25 years ago (1994)
LocationHobart
Australia
VenueHobart International Tennis Centre
CategoryInternational
Surface
Draw32S / 24Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$250,000 (2019)
WebsiteHobartInternational.com.au
Current champions (2019)
Women's singlesUnited States Sofia Kenin
Women's doublesChinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Latisha Chan

The Hobart International is a women's professional tennis tournament held at the Hobart International Tennis Centre in Hobart, Australia. Held since 1994, it forms a part of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour and is classed as an International tournament (previously Tier IV). It is competed on outdoor hardcourts, and is held in the run-up to the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open as part of the Australian Open Series.

The tournament is held at the Hobart International Tennis Centre. It was previously sponsored by Moorilla Wines, ANZ and Schweppes. The tournament has played host to a number of top players in the past, such as World #1's Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin and Serena Williams. Other top players who have participated in the event include Australian Open and Wimbledon semifinalist Zheng Jie, and current/former Top 10 players Jelena Doki?, Alicia Molik, Flavia Pennetta, Chanda Rubin, Patty Schnyder, Samantha Stosur and Vera Zvonareva.

Redevelopment

Prior to the Australian Open changing its court surface, the tournament was played on Rebound Ace. When the Australian Open changed to Plexicushion in 2008, all Australian Open Series tournaments were required to change their court surfaces to Plexicushion. The Moorilla Hobart International, however, retained Rebound Ace. Tennis Australia announced that in order for Hobart to keep its tournament, it was required to make significant improvements to the facility, including resurfacing the courts to Plexicushion and improving the seating facilities. The Domain Tennis Centre resurfaced its hardcourts to Plexicushion in late 2008, in time for the 2009 tournament.

Midway through 2009, the Tasmanian Government announced a $2.25 million to fund redevelopments to the Domain Tennis Centre over 2009-10.[1] This announcement was to ensure that the Moorilla Hobart International tournament was retained. Prior to the 2010 singles final, representatives from Tennis Australia, along with tournament director Michael Roberts, announced that the future of the tournament would be secured through to 2013.[2]

In 2009, the Domain Tennis Centre began a series of redevelopments in order to ensure the tournament's future.[3] The first stage of these redevelopments included the demolition of the northern seating to make way for a permanent Corporate Stand and also a new Media Stand at the southern end of the Centre Court. This was completed prior to the 2010 tournament. The second stage of the redevelopment is to construct new permanent grandstands at the eastern and western ends of the court, increasing seating from around 1000 spectators to 2800. The redevelopment was completed by the 2011 tournament.[4]

Past finals

Singles

Doubles

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1994 United States Linda Wild
United States Chanda Rubin
Australia Jenny Byrne
Australia Rachel McQuillan
7-5, 4-6, 7-6(7-1)
1995 Japan Ky?ko Nagatsuka
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Latvia Larisa Neiland
2-6, 6-4, 6-2
1996 Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Japan Ky?ko Nagatsuka (2)
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
South Korea Park Sung-hee
7-6(9-7), 6-3
1997 Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Japan Nana Miyagi
Germany Barbara Rittner
Belgium Dominique Monami
6-3, 6-1
1998 Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
France Julie Halard-Decugis
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7-6(8-6), 6-3
1999 South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
France Émilie Loit
6-2, 6-2
2000 Italy Rita Grande
France Émilie Loit
Belgium Kim Clijsters
Australia Alicia Molik
6-2, 2-6, 6-3
2001 Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
6-4, 6-1
2002 Italy Tathiana Garbin
Italy Rita Grande (2)
Australia Catherine Barclay-Reitz
Australia Christina Wheeler
6-2, 7-6(7-3)
2003 Zimbabwe Cara Black (2)
Russia Elena Likhovtseva (2)
Austria Barbara Schett
Austria Patricia Wartusch
7-5, 7-6(7-1)
2004 Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Japan Seiko Okamoto
Belgium Els Callens
Austria Barbara Schett
2-6, 6-4, 6-3
2005 China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Russia Dinara Safina
6-4, 7-5
2006 France Émilie Loit (2)
Australia Nicole Pratt
United States Jill Craybas
Croatia Jelena Kostani?
6-2, 6-1
2007 Russia Elena Likhovtseva (3)
Russia Elena Vesnina
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
2-6, 6-1, 6-2
2008
(2)
Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Germany Jasmin Wöhr
6-2, 6-4
2009 Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
6-2, 7-6(7-4)
2010 Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Czech Republic Kv?ta Peschke
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Romania Monica Niculescu
3-6, 6-3, [10-7]
2011 Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
Latvia L?ga Dekmeijere
6-3, 7-5
2012 Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
Romania Monica Niculescu
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
6-7(4-7), 7-6(7-4), [10-5]
2013 Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Spain María Teresa Torró Flor
Hungary Tímea Babos
Luxembourg Mandy Minella
6-3, 7-6(7-5)
2014 Romania Monica Niculescu (2)
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
United States Lisa Raymond
China Zhang Shuai
6-2, 6-7(5-7), [10-8]
2015 Netherlands Kiki Bertens
Sweden Johanna Larsson
Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Romania Monica Niculescu
7-5, 6-3
2016 China Han Xinyun
United States Christina McHale
Australia Kimberly Birrell
Australia Jarmila Wolfe
6-3, 6-0
2017 Romania Raluca Olaru
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
China Yang Zhaoxuan
0-6, 6-4, [10-5]
2018 Belgium Elise Mertens
Netherlands Demi Schuurs
Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Japan Makoto Ninomiya
6-2, 6-2
2019 Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Latisha Chan
Belgium Kirsten Flipkens
Sweden Johanna Larsson
6-3, 3-6, [10-6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "$6.5 Million for Sport and Recreation Infrastructure". tas.gov.au. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Event's future secured". themercury.com.au. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ "Development begins at the Domain Tennis Centre". hobartinternational.com.au. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Celebrating 25 years in Hobart". Hobart International. 31 December 2017.

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