The WTA International tournament, sponsored by insurance giants Prudential, will be held for the second time from October 10 to 18 at Victoria Park tennis stadium. Boasting prize money of US$250,000, the event has attracted seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams. She will be joined by Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur, Angelique Kerber, Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia. Hong Kong No 1 Zhang Ling has been handed a wild card into the main draw. The 2014 edition, which marked the return of women’s tennis to Hong Kong for the first time since 1993, saw Sabine Lisicki beat Karolina Pliskova to claim the singles crown.
Insurance giant gives city a boost with its support of tournament that is part of the WTA tour
HKTA aims to transform the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open into the premier stopover on the WTA tour's international series and develop an identity similar to the grand slams.
Jelena Jankovic proved to the world - and herself - that she can still mix it with the top 10 at the US$250,000 Prudential Hong Kong Open at Victoria Park.
Jelena Jankovic meets Angelique Kerber in the final of the Prudential Hong Kong Open live at Victoria Park
Centre court sizzled at Victoria Park yesterday as Angelique Kerber and Jelena Jankovic confirmed their places in the final of the Prudential Hong Kong Open with scintillating displays.
That feeling of "oh, no, not again" was impossible for organisers to ignore in the build-up to the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. No sooner had Tropical Depression Mujigae (she bristled at being called a "typhoon") finally wound her merry way past Hong Kong than another storm was brewing for the returning tennis showpiece. The tournament, which has enjoyed an encouragingly successful sophomore outing at Victoria Park, was blighted by player withdrawals right up until the night before the curtain-raiser.
Angelique Kerber reaches the final at Victoria Park with a straight sets win against a battling Samantha Stosur. Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic are on court now
Australia's Samantha Stosur shook off the errors to produce an emphatic finish in her quarter-final against Britain's Heather Watson to progress to the last four of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open yesterday.
Organisers of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open at Victoria Park got the best result they could have hoped for yesterday as the seeded stars on show held up their end of the bargain to make it into the last eight.
So far, so good for the seeded players at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open as Jelena Jankovic, Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur all secured safe passage into the quarter-finals at Victoria Park yesterday.
Hong Kong's only participant in the singles at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open fell at the first hurdle on Tuesday as Zhang Ling went down in two sets to Japan's Kurumi Nara. Third seed Venus Williams was forced to dig deep to overcome lucky loser qualifier Yuliya Beygelzimer.
It's not all business at Victoria Park this week. In an effort to cultivate the next generation of tennis stars, organisers have arranged a series of events for the public with WTA stars signing autographs, offering advice and exchanging rallies with the public.
"People's Monday" attracted an enthusiastic crowd to Victoria Park yesterday as organisers allowed the public free access to the tournament grounds to get their first sighting of this year's main draw and a taster for the heavyweights who are set to join the action today.
Seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams has been visiting Hong Kong since she was 18 years old. This year she returns after a short absence to headline the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open at Victoria Park, starting at Victoria Park on Monday.
Seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams knows the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open represents her last chance to make the WTA Finals in Singapore this season, but recognises this hurdle will be a huge test at the end of a stellar campaign.
A hectic WTA schedule is taking its toll on the leading players, says Serbian ace Jelena Jankovic.
Injuries have hit the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open line-up again, with tournament organisers receiving confirmation of two more withdrawals - Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Canadian Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard's concussion nightmare extended into the China Open yesterday as she felt faint and tearfully retired in the first round - shortly after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was also struck by dizzy spells.
After more than two decades on the professional tennis circuit, Venus Williams is on an upswing and shows little sign of slowing, turning in one of her strongest seasons in years.
Organisers of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open are keeping their fingers crossed Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard recovers from a lingering concussion in time for the tournament after losing defending champion Sabine Lisicki through injury.
Lynn Zhang Ling knows all about the gulf between the public's perception of a tennis professional's life and the actual day-to-day realities for most players on the circuit.
Former Hong Kong Davis Cup player is aiming to make the city a must-visit destination for world's top tennis stars
Two years after her retirement, China's tennis grand slam doubles champion Yan Zi is back in the game - not as a player, but as assistant tournament director for next month's Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open.
Hard-hitting former US Open winner Samantha Stosur has joined the line-up for next month’s US$250,000 Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, adding her name to a star-studded draw that includes fellow grand slam tournament winners Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka, and returning champion Sabine Lisicki
Eugenie Bouchard’s revitalising run at the US Open is over after she slipped and fell in the locker room
Two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka and rising Spanish star Garbine Muguruza were among a quartet of big names announced on Monday for the 2015 Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open in October.
American star Venus Williams will again light up Victoria Park in October when she joins a strong line-up for the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. The 35-year-old seven-time grand slam winner will join defending champion Sabine Lisicki and rising French star Caroline Garcia in the October 12-18 event.
Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki will return to defend her title at the Hong Kong Open in October, with organisers hoping to announce more big names for the city's showpiece annual event at Victoria Park.