The Portugal Open, now held in Oeiras, has provided the setting for some superb WTA tennis in recent years, involving slam winners such as Victoria Azarenka, Justine Henin, Li Na, Francesca Schiavone and Petra Kvitova. This red clay tournament looks set to be a fixture on the WTA calendar for years to come, and to remain one of Europe’s premier tennis events.
The WTA Portugal Open plays a significant role in relation to the French Open. With the slam at Roland Garros drawing near, many players will head to Oeiras to hone their dirtballing skills.
The WTA Portugal Open began as an ITF event in 1998, before becoming a WTA tournament in 1999. Since then it's been one of three joint European clay court tournaments to take part in the spring, along with WTA Rome and the French Open.