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Southern California Open

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The Southern California Open was a WTA 125K series affiliated professional women's tennis tournament held at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California.

Mercury Insurance Open
Tournament information
Founded1971
LocationCarlsbad, California
United States
VenueLa Costa Resort and Spa
CategoryWTA Tier I
(2004–2007)
WTA Premier tournaments
(2010–2013)
WTA 125K series
(2015)
SurfaceHardcourt / Outdoor
Draw32S / 16SQ / 16D
Prize money$125,000

HistoryEdit

The event was formed in 1984 by Raquel Giscafré as the Ginny of San Diego.[1][2] Prior to this there had been two previous women's tennis tournaments in San Diego: a Virginia Slims event in 1971 and the Wells Fargo Open, which ran from 1979 to 1982. Giscafre's former doubles partner, Jane Stratton, attained co-ownership of the tournament from 1986 until the event's cessation. The tournament has had various principal sponsors throughout its history, and has been played under the headings of the Great American Bank Classic, the Mazda Classic and the Toshiba Classic. The tournament was known for its strong player fields, location in the hills and atmosphere.

Although the tournament achieved Tier-I status only in 2004, it became a draw to the heavyweights in women's tennis since its inception in the 1980s, being a crucial warm-up tournament leading to the US Open. Past champions of the tournament include former world number ones Steffi Graf, Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams, Martina Hingis, Justine Henin, and Maria Sharapova. Six players won the tournament more than once, four of them consecutively. Graf holds the record for most wins (4); Venus Williams holds the record for most consecutive titles (3).

The tournament was suspended after the 2007 edition. On September 7, 2009, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announced the return of professional women's tennis to San Diego in 2010, under the sponsorship of Mercury Insurance. The Mercury Insurance Open was renamed the Southern California Open starting in 2013.

In 2014, the event was relocated to Tokyo, Japan.[3]

The tournament became the Carlsbad Classic in 2015, hosted by the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California, from November 23–29.[4] As a WTA 125K Series event, the Carlsbad Classic[5] featured a 32-player singles main draw, an 8-player qualifying draw, and an 8-team doubles draw with $125,000 in prize money. It was the first WTA tournament held during Thanksgiving week.

Sponsor history:

  • Virginia Slims of San Diego: 1971, 1985–1988
  • Wells Fargo Open: 1979–1982
  • Ginny of San Diego: 1984
  • Great American Bank Classic: 1989–1990
  • Mazda Classic: 1991–1993
  • Toshiba Classic; 1994–1998
  • TIG Classic: 1999
  • Acura Classic: 2000–2007
  • Mercury Insurance Open: 2010–2012
  • Southern California Open: 2013
  • GoMacro: 2015

Past finalsEdit

SinglesEdit

Prior tournaments in San Diego areaEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1971   Billie Jean King   Rosemary Casals 3–6, 7–5, 6–1
Year Champion Runner-up Score
1979   Tracy Austin   Martina Navratilova 6–4, 6–2
1980   Tracy Austin (2)   Wendy Turnbull 6–1, 6–3
1981   Tracy Austin (3)   Pam Shriver 6–2, 5–7, 6–2
1982   Tracy Austin (4)   Kathy Rinaldi 7–6, 6–3

Subsequent and current organized eventEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1984   Debbie Spence   Betsy Nagelsen 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 6–4
1985   Annabel Croft   Wendy Turnbull 6–0, 7–6(7–5)
1986   Melissa Gurney   Stephanie Rehe 6–2, 6–4
1987   Raffaella Reggi   Anne Minter 6–0, 6–4
1988   Stephanie Rehe   Ann Grossman 6–1, 6–1
1989   Steffi Graf   Zina Garrison 6–4, 7–5
1990   Steffi Graf (2)   Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière 6–3, 6–2
1991   Jennifer Capriati   Monica Seles 4–6, 6–1, 7–6(7–2)
1992   Jennifer Capriati (2)   Conchita Martínez 6–3, 6–2
1993   Steffi Graf (3)   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 4–6, 6–1
1994   Steffi Graf (4)   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–2, 6–1
1995   Conchita Martínez   Lisa Raymond 6–2, 6–0
1996   Kimiko Date   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 3–6, 6–3, 6–0
1997   Martina Hingis   Monica Seles 7–6(7–4), 6–4
1998   Lindsay Davenport   Mary Pierce 6–3, 6–1
1999   Martina Hingis (2)   Venus Williams 6–4, 6–0
2000   Venus Williams   Monica Seles 6–0, 6–7(3–7), 6–2
2001   Venus Williams (2)   Monica Seles 6–2, 6–3
2002   Venus Williams (3)   Jelena Dokić 6–2, 6–2
2003   Justine Henin   Kim Clijsters 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
↓  Tier I tournament  ↓
2004   Lindsay Davenport (2)   Anastasia Myskina 6–1, 6–1
2005   Mary Pierce   Ai Sugiyama 6–0, 6–3
2006   Maria Sharapova   Kim Clijsters 7–5, 7–5
2007   Maria Sharapova (2)   Patty Schnyder 6–2, 3–6, 6–0
2008–2009 Not Held
2010   Svetlana Kuznetsova   Agnieszka Radwańska 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 6–3
2011   Agnieszka Radwańska   Vera Zvonareva 6–3, 6–4
2012   Dominika Cibulková   Marion Bartoli 6–1, 7–5
2013   Samantha Stosur   Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 6–3
2014 Not held
↓  WTA 125K tournament  ↓
2015   Yanina Wickmayer   Nicole Gibbs 6–3, 7–6(7–4)

DoublesEdit

PriorEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1971   Rosemary Casals
  Billie Jean King
  Françoise Dürr
  Judy Tegart Dalton
6–7, 6–2, 6–3
Year Champions Runners-up Score
1979   Rosemary Casals (2)
  Martina Navratilova
  Betty Ann Grubb Stuart
  Ann Kiyomura
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
1980   Tracy Austin
  Ann Kiyomura
  Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
1981   Kathy Jordan
  Candy Reynolds
  Rosemary Casals
  Pam Shriver
6–1, 2–6, 6–4
1982   Kathy Jordan (2)
  Paula Smith
  Patricia Medrado
  Cláudia Monteiro
6–3, 5–7, 7–6

Subsequent & currentEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1984   Betsy Nagelsen
  Paula Smith (2)
  Terry Holladay
  Iwona Kuczyńska
6–2, 6–4
1985   Candy Reynolds (2)
  Wendy Turnbull
  Rosalyn Fairbank
  Susan Leo
6–4, 6–0
1986   Beth Herr
  Alycia Moulton
  Elise Burgin
  Rosalyn Fairbank
5–7, 6–2, 6–4
1987   Jana Novotná
  Catherine Suire
  Elise Burgin
  Sharon Walsh
6–3, 6–4
1988   Patty Fendick
  Jill Hetherington
  Betsy Nagelsen
  Dinky Van Rensburg
7–6(12–10), 6–4
1989   Elise Burgin
  Rosalyn Fairbank
  Gretchen Magers
  Robin White
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
1990   Patty Fendick (2)
  Zina Garrison
  Elise Burgin
  Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
1991   Jill Hetherington (2)
  Kathy Rinaldi
  Gigi Fernández
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
1992   Jana Novotná (2)
  Larisa Neiland
  Conchita Martínez
  Mercedes Paz
6–1, 6–4
1993   Gigi Fernández
  Helena Suková
  Pam Shriver
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 6–3
1994   Jana Novotná (2)
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Ginger Helgeson
  Rachel McQuillan
6–3, 6–3
1995   Gigi Fernández (2)
  Natasha Zvereva
  Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
  Sandrine Testud
6–2, 6–1
1996   Gigi Fernández (3)
  Conchita Martínez
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Larisa Neiland
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
1997   Martina Hingis
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2)
  Amy Frazier
  Kimberly Po
6–3, 7–5
1998   Lindsay Davenport
  Natasha Zvereva (2)
  Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–2, 6–1
1999   Lindsay Davenport (2)
  Corina Morariu
  Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
6–4, 6–1
2000   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
  Lindsay Davenport
  Anna Kournikova
4–6, 6–3, 7–6(8–6)
2001   Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
  Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
6–4, 1–6, 6–4
2002   Elena Dementieva
  Janette Husárová
  Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
6–2, 6–4
2003   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
  Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–4, 7–5
↓  Tier I tournament  ↓
2004   Cara Black (2)
  Rennae Stubbs (2)
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
2005   Conchita Martínez (2)
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
6–7(7–9), 6–1, 7–5
2006   Cara Black (3)
  Rennae Stubbs (3)
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Meghann Shaughnessy
6–2, 6–2
2007   Cara Black (4)
  Liezel Huber
  Anna Chakvetadze
  Victoria Azarenka
7–5, 6–3
2008–2009 Not Held
2010   Maria Kirilenko
  Zheng Jie
  Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–4
2011   Kvĕta Peschke
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
6–0, 6–2
2012   Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
  Vania King
  Nadia Petrova
6–2, 6–4
2013   Raquel Kops-Jones (2)
  Abigail Spears (2)
  Chan Hao-ching
  Janette Husárová
6–4, 6–1
2014 Not held
2015   Gabriela Cé
  Verónica Cepede Royg
  Oksana Kalashnikova
  Tatjana Maria
1–6, 6–4, [10–8]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

References and footnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Acura has come a long way, baby, but its run is ending". Retrieved 2007-08-04.
  2. ^ Keith Kattan Raising Big Smiling Tennis Kids: A Complete Roadmap for Every Parent and Coach 2006 Page 208 "players-turned-entrepreneurs like Jane Stratton and Raquel Giscafré, who run a prestigious WTA tournament in San Diego "
  3. ^ "Carlsbad WTA tournament moves to Tokyo". tennis.com. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Carlsbad Classic". Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Carlsbad Classic Tennis Homepage". Retrieved 29 October 2015.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Miami
Favorite WTA Tier I – II Tournament
1996
Succeeded by
Indian Wells