Copa Bionaire

The Copa Bionaire is a tournament for female professional tennis players played on outdoor clay courts. The event is classified as a WTA 125s tournament. It has been held annually in Cali, Colombia, since 2008. The first edition of the tournament was held in Bogotá in 2007.[1]

Copa Bionaire
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Tournament information
LocationCali
Colombia
VenueClub Campestre de Cali
CategoryChallenger
SurfaceRed clay / Outdoors
Draw32M/16Q/16D
Prize money$125,000
Websitecopabionaire.co
Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu lifted both singles and doubles champions' trophies in 2011

HistoryEdit

  • I Copa Bionaire – $25,000 – August 11–19, 2007.

The first Copa Bionaire took place at the Country Club Los Arrayanes in Bogotá with more than 55 players participating from 13 different countries around the world. The winner was Brazilian Teliana Pereira and the runner up was Federica Piedade of Portugal. In the doubles category the winners were Joana Cortés and Roxana Vaisemnberg of Brazil.

  • II Copa Bionaire – $25,000 – February 2–10, 2008.

The second Copa Bionaire was held in the Farallones Club in Cali, Colombia as the largest ITF female tennis event and most important held in the city that year. More than 61 players participated from 19 countries worldwide. The winner in the singles category was Matilde Johansson of France, having defeated Canadian Ekaterina Shulaeva. In doubles, the winners were Mailen Auroux of Argentina and Estefania Craciún from Uruguay.

  • III Copa Bionaire – $50,000 – February 7–15, 2009.

The third annual Copa Bionaire was the most important ITF professional women's tournament in Latin America. It took place at the Country Club and had 56 players participating from 25 different countries, three of the players were ranked in the top 100 female tennis players in the WTA rankings. The winner was Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus who beat Rosanna de los Ríos of Paraguay. In doubles, the winners were Betina Jozami from Argentina and Arantxa Parra Santonja from Spain.

  • IV Copa Bionaire – $75,000 – February 6–14, 2010.

The fourth annual Copa Bionaire was the most important ITF professional women's tournament in Latin America that year. It took place at the Cali Country Club and had 62 players participating from 20 different countries, six of the players were ranked in the top 100 female tennis players in the WTA such as Polona Hercog of Slovenia who won that year, beating Colombian Mariana Duque. In doubles, the winning team was Hercog and Edina Gallovits of Romania.

  • V Copa Bionaire – $100,000 – February 3–13, 2011

The Copa Bionaire has become the most relevant ITF women's professional tournament in all of Latin America. Once again, the tournament took place at the Cali Country Club and had 58 players participating from 22 different countries around the world, five of which were ranked in the top 100 and 23 in the top 200. The winner was Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania who also won the doubles tournament with teammate and fellow Romanian Elena Bogdan.

  • VI Copa Bionaire – $100.000+H – February 4–12, 2012

In February 2012 the VI Copa Bionaire took place with an increased prize of $100,000+H, offering a higher ranking for WTA players. The ITF considers the Copa Bionaire as the most important tennis cup in Latin America bringing together some of the best international female tennis players to Cali.

  • VII Copa Bionaire – $125,000+H – February 9–17, 2013

Currently (February 2013) the VI Copa Bionaire is taking place and has a record prize money of $125,000+H, evolving into an even bigger tournament and offering a higher ranking for WTA players. The WTA category tournament kicks off the women's tennis circuit in Latin America.[2]

Past finalsEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2013   Lara Arruabarrena Vecino   Catalina Castaño 6–3, 6–2
↑   WTA $125,000 event   ↑
2012   Alexandra Dulgheru   Mandy Minella 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
2011   Irina-Camelia Begu   Laura Pous Tió 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
2010   Polona Hercog   Mariana Duque-Marino 6–4, 5–7, 6–2
2009   Anastasiya Yakimova   Rossana de los Ríos 6–3, 6–0
2008   Mathilde Johansson   Ekaterina Shulaeva 3–6, 6–0, 6–1
2007   Teliana Pereira   Frederica Piedade 7–6(7–2), 6–2
↑   ITF event   ↑

DoublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2013   Catalina Castaño
  Mariana Duque-Marino
  Florencia Molinero
  Teliana Pereira
3–6, 6–1, [10–5]
↑   WTA $125,000 event   ↑
2012   Karin Knapp
  Mandy Minella
  Alexandra Cadanțu
  Raluca Olaru
6–4, 6–3
2011   Irina-Camelia Begu
  Elena Bogdan
  Ekaterina Ivanova
  Kathrin Wörle
2–6, 7–6(8–6), [11–9]
2010   Edina Gallovits
  Polona Hercog
  Estrella Cabeza Candela
  Laura Pous Tió
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
2009   Betina Jozami
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
  Frederica Piedade
  Anastasiya Yakimova
6–3, 6–1
2008   Mailen Auroux
  Estefania Craciún
  Melanie Klaffner
  Ksenia Milevskaya
6–1, 6–4
2007   Joana Cortez
  Roxane Vaisemberg
  Ana Clara Duarte
  Teliana Pereira
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
↑   ITF event   ↑

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cali, Colombia to offer prizemoney of $75,000 in 2010". International Tennis Federation. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  2. ^ http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3010179/title/cali-gets-wta-%24125-event-for-2013

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