The tournament has been a women's tennis event since 1998, and was upgraded to WTA status the following year. This Portuguese competition provides the WTA with an exciting stop during the European clay swing. With the eagerly awaited French Open on the horizon, some of the biggest names in tennis flock here to hone their dirtballing game.
Over the years the courts have been graced by the likes of Victoria Azarenka, Justine Henin, Petra Kvitova, Iva Majoli, Na Li and Francesca Schiavone.
2014's draw contains 23 top 50 players. Headliners include defending champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and 2013 finalist Carla Suarez Navarro.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Pavyuchenkova defeated Navarro in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 in the final last year to capture her first title on clay; her fifth WTA title overall.
After her victory, Pavlyuchenkova said:
"I had a slow start - I was a little bit disappointed about that, it was the third match this week I started like that. Also Carla was playing really well - it wasn't easy to play my game because she was holding me back on the baseline, putting a lot of spin and moving me around.”
"It wasn't easy, but I just tried to dig deep and fight and that really helped me in the end,” she continued.
Suarez Navarro, on the other hand, fell to 0-5 in WTA finals after the loss, but gave credit to her opponent:
"Today I had chances to win the first set but Nastia was playing so well at those moments, and then she played really, really well in the second set," the Spaniard said. "She just kept getting better as the match went on and deserved to win today. But it was a really good week for me - I'm very happy I was able to make another final here."
Roberta Vinci (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Other top players that have confirmed they will contest the 2014 title include 2012 semi-finalist Roberta Vinci, World No. 20 Samantha Stosur, No. 22 Alize Cornet, No. 24 Alisa Kleybanova as well as 2013 semi-finalist Kaia Kanepi, Sorana Cirstea, Lucie Safarova, Klara Zakopalova, Maria Kirilenko, Svetlana Kuznetsoova, Daniela Hantuchova, Elena Vesnina, Magdalena Rybarikova, Yvonne Meusburger, Bojana Jovanovski, Shuai Zhang, Shuai Peng, Kurumi Nara, as well as Francesca Schiavone and Alison Riske.
The full entrance list will be finalised with the addition of four qualifiers as well as four wildcards as Tournament Director João Lagos hopes for another successful edition of the tournament, which will offer $250,000 total prize money.
The Portugal Open will take place between 28 April 2014 – 3 May 2014.
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