World's best tennis players return to Hua Hin at the end of January
The world’s best tennis players will return to the stunning Thai resort of Hua Hin later this month as the WTA Thailand Open by E@ makes its welcome return to the WTA Tour from 30 January – 5 February.
Poland’s Magda Linette will attempt to defend the title she won in 2020, the last time the event was held, but she will face tough competition from Ukrainian 2019 champion Dayana Yastremska, 2019 runner-up Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic as well as 2022 Wimbledon semi-finalist Germany’s Tatjana Maria and Czech top seed Maria Bouzkova.
The next generation of female tennis superstars will also be challenging on Hua Hin’s famous pink courts, with 17-year-old Czech Linda Fruhvirtova ready to live up to her growing reputation as one of the Tour’s most promising young players providing she can come through a talented 32-player drawer packed with experienced campaigners such as famously feisty Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia, Kristina Kucova of Slovakia and Great Britain’s Harriet Dart.
Dayana Yastremska. Image credit: WTA
Asia will be well represented in the Main Draw with Chinese trio Xixu Wang, Xinyu Wang and Lin Zhu and Japan’s Moyuka Uckijima ready to make their mark in Hua Hin.
Thailand Open Co-Tournament Director Grant Carpio said: “We’re delighted that so many of the world’s top players will be returning to Hua Hin for what is set to be a fantastic showcase for women’s tennis. Players love our quality courts and getting to play in such beautiful, luxurious surroundings especially after a demanding Australian swing. To be honest, Hua Hin and Thailand really sells itself and so it is delightful to see inbound tourism coming back.”
Magda Linette. Image: WTA
Six players who come through the qualifying draw and four wildcards awarded by the tournament organisers will take ten of the places in the main draw for the tournament, which boasts a total prize money pot of USD $259,303 and is set to be one of the highest profile international women’s events in Thailand’s sporting calendar in 2023.
Players visiting the tournament will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Hua Hin and learn about Thai culture through a series of off-court activities including Thai cooking classes, Thai boxing sessions and traditional shoe painting methods. A vintage car collection and artworks by well-known global and local artists will also be on display at The Gallery at the Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall for the players to experience.
MARIE BOUZKOVA (CZE)
AJLA TOMLJANOVIC (AUS)
MAGDA LINETTE (POL)
XIYU WANG (CHN)
YULIA PUTINTSEVA (KAZ)
CLAIRE LIU (USA)
TATJANA MARIA (GER)
MARTA KOSTJUK (UKR)
LINDA FRUHVIRTOVA (CZE)
TAMARA ZIDANSEK (SLO)
XINYU WANG (CHN)
KRISTINA KUCOVA (SVK)
YSALINE BONAVENTURE (BEL)
HARRIET DART (GBR)
DAYANA JASTREMSKA (UKR)
ANNA KAROLINA SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK)
LEOLIA JEANJEAN (FRA)
ELENA-GABRIELA RUSE (ROU)
MOYUKA UCHIJIMA (JPN)
PLUS WILD CARDS UND QUALIFIKATOREN
Schnelle Fakten zu den WTA Thailand Open 2023
Auslosung: 32 Spielerinnen für Einzel; 16 Paare für Doppel
Qualifikationsauslosung vom 28. bis 29. Januar
Hauptauslosung vom 30. Januar bis 5. Februar
Turnier Co-Organisatoren: Proud Resort Hua Hin Company Limited und APG
Co-Turnier-Direktoren: Paradorn Srichaphan und Grant Carpio
Ehemalige Einzelmeisterinnen: Magna Linette (2020), Dayana Yastremska (2019)
Austragungsort: True Arena Hua Hin Sports Club
Erstes Jahr ausgetragen: 2019