Alyssa Boey with BMW Group Malaysia CEO Dr Gerhard Pils during the press conference and trophy presentation for the Malaysian Open tennis championship to be held at Royal Selangor Golf Club from April 14-20. - BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR: National tennis player Alyssa Boey has been given a wildcard to play in the BMW Malaysian Open tournament from April 14-20 at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.
The 17-year-old was lucky to get a ticket to play in the tournament in place of the injured Aslina Chua, who initially earned her ticket by virtue of winning the BMW National Circuit Masters title last year.
“I’m not really surprised as I knew I was next in line after Aslina, but I’m still glad that I get to play,” said Alyssa.
“It’s sad that Aslina had to give up her spot. I hope she will recover in time for Sukma (Malaysia Games) next month.”
The Malaysian Open will see former world No. 1 Venus Williams of the United States, Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and defending champion Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic gracing the courts.
The organisers, Carbon Sports, also announced that former world No. 4 Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan will make her second appearance at the tournament.
Alyssa will have to clear the qualifying rounds which begin on Saturday before making it into the main draw, where she faces the possibility of going up against the world class players.
“Of course I’m looking forward to playing against the big names in tennis but I have to focus on clearing the qualifying rounds first.
“Playing in the tournament makes me proud but most importantly, I hope I can make it to the main draw,” she said.