Review of the 2013 BMW Malaysian Open
The 2013 BMW Malaysian Open was the fourth edition of this tournament on the women’s tour. It was a hard court event in Kuala Lumpur that took place from February 25 – March 3 with the singles tournament won by Czech Republic star Karolina Pliskova. The prize money was a whopping $325,000 in total with 32 singles players and 16 doubles players taking part in the action.
It was a terrific win for Pliskova as she was unseeded and the win brought her into the world’s top 100. Caroline Wozniacki is ranked in the world’s top 10 and was the #1 seed but suffered a shock first round exit to Wang Qiang who was ranked #172. Things looked to be going well for the top seed with an easy 6-2 first set win but she lost 6-7, 1-6 in the second and third sets.
Pliskova’s twin sister Kristyna didn’t fare as well as her sibling because she fell at the first hurdle. Karolina on the other hand enjoyed four consecutive straight set victories en route to the final. The final pitted her against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and it started disastrously for the Czech as she lost the first set 1-6. However, she made a remarkable recovery and showed the poise and nerve of a veteran by winning the second set 7-5 and triumphing 6-3 in the decider. She received $40,000 and 280 ranking points but most importantly, her first WTA singles title. At the age of 20, she could have a promising career ahead of her.
The doubles tournament in the BMW Malaysian Open was contested by 16 pairs with Janette Husarova and Zhang Shaui the top seeds. It was an unusual tournament in that it went completely to form all the way to the final as the top 4 seeds got to the semis and the top 2 seeds battled it out in the final. Chang Kai-chen and Shuko Aoyama were the #2 seeds and emerged victorious in what was an epic affair. The first two sets were shared via tie-breaks and the final set went all the way to the 26th game before Aoyama and Kai-chen won 14-12. It was Kai-chen’s second consecutive victory in the BMW Malaysian Open doubles as she won last year with Chuang Chia-jung as her partner. The winners took home $11,500 between them and 280 ranking points.
Unfortunately, the event is moving to Hong Kong in 2014 but hopefully, the Malaysian public will not have to wait too long before they get to witness world class tennis live once again.
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