Starting with the 2019 season, there’s a new WTA tournament in the calendar: WTA Hua Hin, or the Thailand Open, an International event played in the beach resort of Hua Hin in Thailand. WTA Thailand live streaming is available, check below for more information.
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Muguruza and Garcia, top seeds
After you are knocked out from the Australian Open, you can go to Thailand, relax, enjoy the beach, the sun and also play some tennis. Maybe that’s the reason why top players like Garbine Muguruza or Caroline Garcia are participating at this event, which is held for the first time in the WTA International format.
Well, I am a little mean at this point. Of course, everybody’s in Thailand to win the trophy, points and money. But you won’t see such a great lineup at any of the European WTA International events.
Along with Muguruza and Garcia, the event also features Su-Wei Hsieh, Shuai Zhang and Ajla Tomljanovic. It’s a pretty good lineup for what should be a very successful first edition.
Here are the top seeds at the first edition of WTA Thailand Open:
- Garbine Muguruza
- Caroline Garcia
- Hsieh Su-wei
- Zheng Saisai
- Zhang Shuai
- Ajla Tomljanovic
- Pauline Parmentier
- Dayana Yastremska
So, we have a multiple Grand Slam winner leading the seeds in Thailand. Talking about Muguruza, she has an interesting first match against Sabine Lisicki, a former Top 20 player and Wimbledon finalist. Oddly, this is the first match between them.
There are some other players in the draw that can produce big surprises. Irina Begu and Monica Niculescu, both Romanian, are specialists in winning WTA International titles in singles. They are also seeded in the doubles competition.
Prize Money Breakdown
Even though sponsored by Toyota, the prize money is standard as in other WTA International tournaments. The total prize money is $250,000, from which the winner gets $43,000 and the runner-up $21,400.
Overall, the first edition of the Thailand Open looks promising. If it will be a success, more editions will follow.