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PHUKET: Several of the world’s most promising female tennis stars are in Phuket over the coming weeks as Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club (TSLC) hosts the Chang International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit women’s event.

Saturday 17 March 2012, 02:40PM

Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, ranked 179th in the world.

Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, ranked 179th in the world.

Running from March 17 to April 1, the event will attract 64 professional players to compete for a US$25,000 (B765,000) prize pool.

The tournament will comprise a main draw of 32 ranked players, with another 32 selected through qualification rounds.

Among the aspiring global stars who have already signed up for the event are Thailand’s Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, who won the junior singles title at Wimbledon in 2009. She is currently ranked 179th in the world, and is the only Thai to make the 32 main draw places.

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Other key players who will take to the Thanyapura courts include world number 138 Erika Sema and world number 144 Kurumi Nara, both from Japan, as well as Réka-Luca Jani from Hungary (#155), Julia Cohen from the US (#158), Claire Feverstein of France (#163) and Sarah Gronert of Germany (#175).

This will be Thanyapura’s second step into the world tennis limelight, after hosting the Chang ITF Thailand Pro Circuit 2011 men’s tennis tournament last October and November.

“We couldn’t be happier following the decision to hold the event,” said Thanyapura Group President Robert Hauck.
“It will have great flow on effects for Phuket as a whole in terms of visitors and sports tourism, and it will also give Thanyapura’s own Tennis Academy a great chance to groom its own stars of the future and introduce them to the big stage.”

The event is open to the public at B200 per person per day (includes two drinks). Members and students under 18 can enter free of charge. Advance bookings can be made at TSLC reception.



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