Seven-time Grand Slam American tennis player Venus Williams has confirmed her participation in the WTA Malaysian Open from April 14-20 at the Royal Selangor Golf Club - AFP
KUALA LUMPUR: Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, the Australian Open runner-up, will headline a strong cast for the BMW Malaysian Open tennis championships at the Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) here from April 14-20.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams of the United States has also confirmed her participation. Williams was scheduled to play last season but withdrew as she was down with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease. The former world No. 1 is back at her best now, having won the Dubai Open last month.
Besides Cibulkova and Williams, defending champion Karolina Pilskova of the Czech Republic and 2012 winner Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan, last year’s Wimbledon women’s doubles champion, are also competing in the seven-day tournament.
Aslina Chua will be Malaysia’s wild card and she will be playing in the main draw.
“The tournament is an avenue for the best local talent to compete with the best in the sport,” said Sashi Ambi, the head of corporate communications for BMW Group Malaysia, at the launch of the tournament on Saturday.
A total of 32 players will compete in the singles main draw for the total prize purse of US$250,000 (RM819,500).