Open main menu

The Belgian Open was a WTA Tour tennis event held over three different periods during 1987–2002. The competition took place in July during 1987–1989 and 2002, and in May during 1992–1993 and 1999–2001. During 2000–2001 it was sponsored by Dutch clothing chain Mexx and renamed the Benelux Open. The competition was played on outdoor clay courts.

Belgian Open
Defunct tennis tournament
TourWTA Tour
Founded1987
Abolished2001
Editions8
LocationVarious
CategoryTier IV (1993, 1999, 2000, 2002)
Tier V (1992, 2001)
SurfaceClay / outdoor

The tournament was a Tier V event in 1992 and 2001. The tournament was a Tier IV event in 1993, 1999, 2000 and 2002.

Only one Belgian woman won the singles event; the then little-known Justine Henin, aged 16 in 1999. However, Sabine Appelmans, Kim Clijsters and Els Callens all won the doubles event.

Contents

Location chronologyEdit

1987: Knokke
1988-89: Brussels
1992: Waregem
1993: Liège
1999-2001: Antwerp

Past finalsEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1987   Kathleen Horvath   Bettina Bunge 6–1, 7–6
1988   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Raffaella Reggi 6–0, 7–5
1989   Radka Zrubáková   Mercedes Paz 7–6, 6–4
1990 Not held
1991 Not held
1992   Wiltrud Probst   Meike Babel 6–2, 6–3
1993   Radka Bobková   Karin Kschwendt 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
1994-98 Not held
1999   Justine Henin   Sarah Pitkowski 6–1, 6–2
2000   Amanda Coetzer   Cristina Torrens Valero 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
2001   Barbara Rittner   Klára Zakopalová 6–3, 6–2

DoublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1987   Bettina Bunge
  Manuela Maleeva
  Kathleen Horvath
  Marcella Mesker
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
1988   Mercedes Paz
  Tine Scheuer-Larsen
  Katerina Maleeva
  Raffaella Reggi
7–6, 6–1
1989   Manon Bollegraf
  Mercedes Paz
  Carin Bakkum
  Simone Schilder
6–1, 6–2
1990-91 Not held
1992   Manon Bollegraf
  Caroline Vis
  Elena Brioukhovets
  Petra Langrová
6–4, 6–3
1993   Radka Bobková
  María José Gaidano
  Ann Devries
  Dominique Monami
6–4, 2–6, 7–6
1994-98 Not held
1999   Laura Golarsa
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Louise Pleming
  Meghann Shaughnessy
6–4, 6–2
2000   Sabine Appelmans
  Kim Clijsters
  Jennifer Hopkins
  Petra Rampre
6–1, 6–1
2001   Els Callens
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Kristie Boogert
  Miriam Oremans
6–3, 3–6, 6–4

See alsoEdit