The Media were taken on a tour of the venue yesterday morning as last minute finishing touches were being put in for the event which starts with the qualifying rounds on Saturday.
Indeed, it is going to be a treat to see tennis being played in a totally different environment - not behind the four walls of a Stadium, but at a club concept scenario.
It reminded me of the days when the Malaysian Squash Open was played at the Lake Club, where it gave a friendly and personal atmosphere.
There will be three courts - the Centre Court and two match courts. The Centre court can accommodate 2,100 spectators, whereas the match courts will take in 154 spectators.
What is going to be spectacular is one end of the courts has a hill as background with trees.
It certainly looks like tennis is being played in the woods!
Bukit Kiara Equestrian And Country Resort nestled within a 70 acres of lush greenery with its extensive facilities will certainly provide both the players and fans, a home away from home atmosphere.
Carbon Media Management Sdn Bhd - the organiser and promoter of the event - have been working overtime to see the event run without any hitches and in providing both the players and fans a treat.
Indications after the tour was that, they have done a great job and the event will certainly be one to be remembered.
Unlike, most tennis events organised recently, which cost a bomb to get a glimpse of the action and which certainly looked more like money making events, the Malaysian Open Women Tennis 2010, sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM)
Carbon Media have not only got sanction from LTAM, but are paying a substantial sanction fee, which they will be working together with LTAM to utlise for development of tennis in Malaysia.
Besides, the development programme which will be in place through this championship, Carbon are also working in other areas which will be beneficial to LTAM with long term initiatives.
The Malaysian Open will be the Malaysian leg of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort will be transformed into a Games Village for the duration of the championship where fans will get to meet the players during the daily autograph session which will be held across the course of the week, as well as participate in a number of fun interactive activities lined up by the sponsors and organisers.
With tickets priced from as little as RM14 with access to both Match Court one (1) and two (2) and from RM24 per day for center court, fans cannot ask for more.
It will little surprise to see many families make it a family outting!
With a fantastic player lineup such as two time Medibank International winner Elena Dementieva, Sabine Lisicki and the success of both Li Na and Zheng Jie making it into the semi-finals of the Australian Open, fans will be assured of top quality matches.
Other players who will feature in The Malaysian Open include:
o Sabine Lisicki (GER) – Champion of 2009 Charleston (Family Circle Cup)
o Melinda Czink (HUN) - Champion 2009 Québec City (Challenge Bell)
o Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) – Champion 2009 Birmingham (AEGON Classic)
o Jelena Dokic (AUS) - Grand Slam QF at 2009 Australian Open
o Sania Mirza (IND) - Doubles Champion Grand Slam 2009 Australian Open (w/Bhupathi)
o Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) - Champion 2009 Seoul (Hansol Korea Open)
o Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) - Champion 2009 S-Hertogenbosch (Ordina Open)
Others who have confirmed include:
Alisa Kleybanova, Olga Govortsova, Sybille Bammer, Urszula Radwanska, Tatjana Malek,
The tickets are extremely affordable! Regular season ticket only costs you RM328!
You can get your tickets via TicketPro outlets or via their ticketing hotline +603 7880 7999 or website.