Australian tennis player Jarmila Gajdosova reached the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open in 2011. - AFP Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova and Greece’s Eleni Daniilidou hope to rediscover their previous form when they make their third appearance at the BMW Malaysian Open at the Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) from April 12-20.
Gajdosova and Daniilidou are the main draw wildcard entries for the tennis tournament, which starts with the qualifying round on Saturday.
Gajdosova, who will turn 27 on April 26, has yet to make an impact this season. Her best performance was reaching the last 16 in an International Tennis Federation (ITF) event in Burnie, Australia, in January.
The Slovak, who was granted Australian citizenship in 2009, made a memorable debut in the Malaysian Open in 2011.
She reached the semi-finals before bowing out to the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova 2-6, 6-3, 3-6. In the following edition, she lost 4-6, 0-6 to Daniilidou in the second round.
“I’m so happy to be able to come to Kuala Lumpur. I must thank the organisers for granting me a main draw wildcard. It has been a tough battle after being down with illness last year and, hopefully, I can rediscover my form and put up a good show here,” said Gajdosova.
Daniilidou, meanwhile, is regarded as one of the most successful women players from Greece. A Grand Slam mixed doubles champion in the 2003 Australian Open, Daniilidou has won four tour titles – Hobart (2008), Seoul (2006) and Auckland (2004 and 2003).
The three-time Olympian reached the semi-finals of the 2012 Malaysian Open but lost 0-6, 6-4, 1-6 to eventual champion Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan.
At last year’s event, she went down 2-6, 4-6 to Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum in the second round.
The organisers, Carbon Sports, are close to finalising the entry list, with Slovakia’s world No. 11 Dominika Cibulkova, former world No. 1 Venus Williams of the United States, Zhang Shuai of China, defending champion Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, Austria’s Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and Japan’s Ayumi Morita having confirmed their participation.