The clay court season of 2023 is nearing its climax as the French Open quickly approaches. Some clay court tournaments in Europe are situated in this small period on the Tour before the Grand Slam, acting as a warm-up for the world-class competition. One of these such events is the L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo, a WTA 125 competition that recently ascended from the ITF Circuit to become part of the premier WTA tennis Tour. To learn more about the competition, keep on reading.
L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo Tennis Tournament
The L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo is an annual outdoor clay court tournament set in the beautiful city of Saint-Malo, France. As a Tour-sanctioned event, the tournament is part of the WTA 125 series of events, formerly known as WTA 125k. This year will mark the 28th edition of the event and the 3rd edition since becoming a WTA 125 event. The event has its venue set at the Tennis Club J A Saint Malo and it occupies a unique spot on the Tour leading up to the French Open. It is also, like most European tournaments, played on clay court, a rare occurrence on the tour. The title sponsors for the event include the French Tennis Federation, the Saint-Malo government, and Bretagne.
|Venue||Tennis Club J A Saint-Malo|
|Tour category||WTA 125|
|Draw||32 S, 16 D|
L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo 2023 Results
In the singles championship, Sloane Stephens won the 1st title of 2023 after defeating Greet Minnen. American star Sloane secured her first WTA 125 crown on Sunday after beating Greet Minnen 6-3, 6-4 in the final. Stephens, who was the top seed in Saint-Malo, dropped just one set en route to the title. Stephens will now face Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in the first round of the Rome Masters. The Belgian star Greet Minnen had won the doubles title with Bibiane Schoofs against Ulrikke Eikeri Eri Hozumi with 7-6, 7-6 but lost in the singles final a
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L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo History and Winners
The L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo held its inaugural edition in 1996. Back then, the tournament was part of the ITF Circuit and played in Dinan. It remained in Dinan until 2007 and since then, the tournament has been played in Siant Malo. Throughout the years, the tournament has gone by many names with the 3 most recent being Open GDF Suez de Bretagne, a name it held till 2013, L’Open Emeraude Solaire de Saint-Malo, a name it had for 4 years, and its current name, the L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo. The event has gone by its current moniker since 2018. The biggest change, however, came to the event in 2021 when it was upgraded from the ITF Circuit to become part of the WTA Tour. This change may have come in response to the many tennis tournaments that were canceled or suspended due to the global pandemic.
Though there have been only 2 previous L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo editions, many Top 100 players have played at Saint-Malo with the 2 most significant women being former no. 11 Alize Cornet and former no. 12 Beatriz Haddad Maia.
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2023||Sloane Stephens||Greet Minnen / Bibiane Schoofs|
|2022||Beatriz Haddad Maia||Eri Hozumi / Makoto Ninomiya|
|2021||Viktorija Golubic||Kaitlyn Christian / Sabrina Santamaria|
L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo 2023 Prize Money
For the 3rd edition of the L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo, the total prize fund has been set at $115,000, a standard amount for WTA 125 events which is the same as last year’s financial commitment. Though no prize money breakdown has been announced, we will be looking at the prize money breakdown of Copa Oster which had an identical prize money pool. The event’s breakdown should be the same as the one given below.
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo 2023 Draw
The tournament will have 32 singles and 16 doubles draws that will be released as the tournament progresses. 4 qualifiers will join 28 singles’ main draw entries in 1st round.
L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo 2023 Dates, Schedule
The main draw will take place across a week from 1-7 May with a qualifying round set on the 30th of April, and the first of May, before the main draw matches.
The official schedule for the WTA 125 is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|1st May||Round 1||Round 1|
|2nd May||Round 1||Round 1|
|3rd May||Round 2||Round 1|
|4th May||Round 2||Quarter Finals|
|5th May||Quarter Final||Semi Final|
Keep in mind the schedule may be subject to change.
WTA L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo 2023 Players list
No official player list has been announced by event officials so instead, let’s take a look at some of the players that participated in last year’s event that may be making a return. Chief among these potential 2023 participants is last year’s champion Beatriz Haddad Maia who significantly improved her game in 2022, culminating in her becoming the 2022 Most Improved Player of the Year. Other notable players are:
Top Seed Players
WTA L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo 2023 Tickets
A standard ticket applies for one whole day as there are no day/evening sessions with matches. All evening session tickets which are for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of May are extra activities like a dinner, auction, and pro exhibition matches. Tickets can be bought per day of the event or in packages. The 3 packages offered are a full week pack, which applies for the whole event, including qualifying and main draw matches, a weekend pack for the last 2 days of the event, the 6th and 7th, and lastly, a weekly pack which excludes the final 2 days of the event, providing coverage from the 30th of April to the 5th of May. VIP seating options for all the ticket types mentioned above are also available. Discounted prices are available for students and entry is free for children under 10.
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