Garbine Muguruza will be the top seed at the 2019 edition of the WTA Hua Hin tennis championship that will be played in the resort city of Hua Hin.
Muguruza, who was crashed out of the Australian Open in the fourth round at the hands of Karolina Pliskova, will look to go all the way in what will be her first tournament after that defeat. The former world number one and two-time Grand Slam winner will use the WTA Hua Hin to get back into form, traces of which were on show in the year’s first major.
Some of the other players involved at this Hua Hin Open include Asian Games gold medal winner Wang Qiang, Saisai Zheng, who is ranked 39th in the world and Shuai Zheng, ranked 40th. Also featuring in the tournament will be Thai No 1 and world No 66 Luksika Kumkhum and former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki.
Earlier, former Thai tennis players Paradorn Srichaphan and Tamarine Tanasugarn were involved in an opening ceremony for the centre court that will be used for this Thailand Open between January 28 and February 3. They also played in an exhibition match as a part of the opening ceremony.
The court, which holds a capacity of 2,500, has been a host to various lower-level tournaments at the ITF and Challenger level, apart from a WTA $125k event.
Incidentally, the Hua Hin District is a part of the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, one of the districts that constitute the region. It belongs to the northern part of the Malay Peninsula and has a population of around 65,000. It is located 199 km south-southwest of Bangkok by road.