The Thailand Open is set to make its return after 2 years of being off the tour. The fledging tournament is a rather new addition to the WTA tour but after 2 consecutive cancellations due to Covid 19, hopes weren’t high for the Thailand Open. To learn more about this anticipated return and the event, keep on reading.
WTA Thailand Open Tennis Tournament
The Thailand Open, also known as the GSB Thailand Open represented by E@ is an annual hardcourt outdoor tournament held in Hua Hin, Thailand. Part of the WTA tour, it is of the WTA 250 category and hosted at the True Arena Hua Hin right after the Australian Open. This year will mark the 3rd edition of the event since its inception in 2019. The 2021 and 2022 editions were canceled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, so this year also marks the return of the event after a 2-year hiatus.
|Location||Hua Hin, Thailand|
|Venue||True Arena Hua Hin|
|Tour category||WTA 250|
|Draw||32 S, 16 D|
Thailand Open 2023 Results
The Chinese Lin Zhu defeated the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the tennis tournament in Hua Hin, Thailand, thus opening her list of individual titles. Unfortunately, Lin couldn’t win the doubles championship, she was defeated in the final.
The double champions, the Taiwanese Hao-Ching Chan, and her compatriot Fang-Hsieh Wu conquered the WTA 250 Thailand Open, thus winning the first title in the year and in their career together. The pair defeated Chinese pair Xinyu Wang and Single champion Lin Zhu in the final 6-1, 7-6.
Thailand Open History and Previous Winners
The Thailand Open is the current name of the Hua Hin Championships. Though the WTA 250 event has only been on the tour for 4 years with 2 tournaments, a prior low-level men’s and women’s challenger event was held in the same location in 2015 and 2017. The event has always been held following the Australian Open and it greatly contributes to the local economy and tourism of Thailand. Located on the Thailand coast, next to Hua Hin beach, the whole city is a tourist hotspot, sporting multiple resorts, and hotels. The beautiful sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets have made it a prime business location.
As described earlier, the event was severely hit due to Covid-19 as tourism and revenue to the city also plummeted. The Thailand Open was canceled for 2 years. In the past for the inaugural edition, the event was sponsored by Toyota and called the Toyota Thailand Open. Then in 2020, the tournament changed to the GBS Thailand Open presented by E@aliz
The Hua Hin Championships have only had 2 editions but always featured top-ranking players. In the inaugural 2019 edition, the top seeds were former world no. 2, Garbine Muguruza, and former world no. 4 Caroline Garcia. Then in 2020, the top seed was then-world no. 4 Elina Svitolina.
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2023||Lin Zhu||Hao-Ching Chan / Fang-Hsieh Wu|
|2020||Magda Linette||Arina Rodionova / Storm Sanders|
|2019||Dayana Yastremska||Irina-Camelia Begu / Monica Niculescu|
WTA Thailand Open 2023 Prize Money and Points
The prize money for the 2023 Thailand Open is set at $259,303, about $15,000 less than the last edition’s prize money of $275,000. As for the prize distribution, have look the following table.
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
Keep in mind the final distribution will be different.
Thailand Open Hua Hin 2023 Players List
A player’s list is following below:
- Magda Linette (2020 champion)
- Leonie Kung
- Tatjana Maria
- Dayana Yastremska (2019 champion)
- Ajla Tomljanovic
- Garbine Murguza
- Caroline Garcia
- Elina Svitolina
- Petra Martic
Thailand Open 2023 Draws
The event will have 32 singles and 16 doubles draws that will be released as the tournament progresses.
Thailand Open 2023 Dates
The tournament will be held across a week from the 30th of January to the 5th of February with an expected qualification round held on the 28th and 29th.
WTA Thailand Open 2023 Schedule
An official schedule for the Thailand Open has not yet been announced so we have given below an expected schedule for the event, based on the 2020 Thailand Open.
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|January 30th||Round 1||Round 1|
|January 31st||Round 1||Round 1|
|February 1st||Round 2||Round 1|
|February 2nd||Round 2||Quarter Final|
|February 3rd||Quarter Final||Quarter Final|
Keep in mind this schedule is not official and may be subject to change.
WTA Thailand Open Tickets
Tickets for the Thailand Open are available for purchase from the True Arena Hua Hin official website. Tickets start from THB 350 and there are no day or night sessions, so tickets apply per day with the exception of the VIP Hospitality Package and Finals Weekend tickets. To learn more about the tickets and to purchase, click the link mentioned below: