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The Morocco Open or Rabat Grand Prix (for sponsorship reasons called the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem), is a women's professional tennis tournament currently held in Rabat, Morocco. This WTA Tour event is classified as an International tournament and is played on outdoor clay courts. It is the only WTA tournament held in Africa.[1]

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Tournament information
Founded2001
LocationCasablanca (2001–2004)
Rabat (2005–2006)
Fes (2007–2012)
Marrakesh (2013–2015)
Rabat (since 2016)
Morocco
CategoryTier V (2001–2004)
Tier IV (2005–2008)
International (since 2009)
SurfaceClay - outdoors
Draw32S / 32Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$250,000 (2019)
Websitefrmt.ma
Current champions (2019)
Women's singlesGreece Maria Sakkari
Women's doublesSpain María José Martínez Sánchez
Spain Sara Sorribes Tormo

HistoryEdit

The event started in July 2001 in Casablanca, Morocco. It stayed in that city until 2005, when it was moved to Rabat the first time. In 2007, the tournament changed location again, this time to Fes. In 2013 it was relocated to Marrakesh, before returning to Rabat in 2016.

The tournament is named after Princess Lalla Meryem, the sister of Mohammed VI, King of Morocco.

From 2005 through 2008, the tournament was a Tier IV event. Before 2005, it was a Tier V event.

Past finalsEdit

SinglesEdit

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Casablanca 2001   Zsófia Gubacsi   Maria Elena Camerin 1–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
2002   Patricia Wartusch   Klára Koukalová 5–7, 6–3, 6–3
2003   Rita Grande   Antonella Serra Zanetti 6–2, 4–6, 6–1 
2004   Émilie Loit   Ľudmila Cervanová 6–2, 6–2 
Rabat 2005   Nuria Llagostera Vives   Zheng Jie 6–4, 6–2
2006   Meghann Shaughnessy   Martina Suchá 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Fes 2007   Milagros Sequera   Aleksandra Wozniak 6–1, 6–3
2008   Gisela Dulko   Anabel Medina Garrigues 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–5)
2009   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Ekaterina Makarova 6–0, 6–1
2010   Iveta Benešová   Simona Halep 6–4, 6–2
2011   Alberta Brianti   Simona Halep 6–4, 6–3
2012   Kiki Bertens   Laura Pous Tió 7–5, 6–0
Marrakesh 2013   Francesca Schiavone   Lourdes Domínguez Lino 6–1, 6–3
2014   María Teresa Torró Flor   Romina Oprandi 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
2015   Elina Svitolina   Tímea Babos 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Rabat 2016   Timea Bacsinszky   Marina Erakovic 6–2, 6–1
2017   Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova   Francesca Schiavone 7–5, 7–5
2018   Elise Mertens   Ajla Tomljanović 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
2019   Maria Sakkari   Johanna Konta 2–6, 6–4, 6–1

DoublesEdit

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Casablanca 2001   Åsa Svensson
  Lubomira Bacheva
  María Emilia Salerni
  María José Martínez
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–1
2002   Patricia Wartusch
  Petra Mandula
  Gisela Dulko
  Conchita Martínez Granados
6–2, 6–1
2003   María Emilia Salerni
  Gisela Dulko
  Olena Tatarkova
  Henrieta Nagyová
6–3, 6–4
2004   Marion Bartoli
  Émilie Loit
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Els Callens
6–4, 6–2
Rabat 2005   Émilie Loit (2)
  Barbora Strýcová
  Lourdes Domínguez
  Nuria Llagostera Vives
3–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–5
2006   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
  Ashley Harkleroad
  Bethanie Mattek
6–1, 6–3
Fes 2007   Sania Mirza
  Vania King
  Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
  Anastasia Rodionova
6–1, 6–2
2008   Sorana Cîrstea
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  Alisa Kleybanova
  Ekaterina Makarova
6–2, 6–2
2009   Alisa Kleybanova
  Ekaterina Makarova
  Sorana Cîrstea
  Maria Kirilenko
6–3, 2–6, [10–8]
2010   Iveta Benešová
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Lucie Hradecká
  Renata Voráčová
6–3, 6–1
2011   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Renata Voráčová
  Nina Bratchikova
  Sandra Klemenschits
6–3, 6–4
2012   Petra Cetkovská
  Alexandra Panova
  Irina-Camelia Begu
  Alexandra Cadanțu
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [11–9]
Marrakesh 2013   Tímea Babos
  Mandy Minella
  Petra Martić
  Kristina Mladenovic
6–3, 6–1
2014   Garbiñe Muguruza
  Romina Oprandi
  Katarzyna Piter
  Maryna Zanevska
4–6, 6–2, [11-9]
2015   Tímea Babos (2)
  Kristina Mladenovic
  Laura Siegemund
  Maryna Zanevska
6–1, 7–6(7–5)
Rabat 2016   Xenia Knoll
  Aleksandra Krunić
  Tatjana Maria
  Raluca Olaru
6–3, 6–0
2017   Tímea Babos (3)
  Andrea Hlaváčková (2)
  Nina Stojanović
  Maryna Zanevska
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
2018   Anna Blinkova
  Raluca Olaru
  Georgina García Pérez
  Fanny Stollár
6–4, 6–4
2019   María José Martínez Sánchez
  Sara Sorribes Tormo
  Georgina García Pérez
  Oksana Kalashnikova
7–5, 6–1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wta tournament info". Retrieved 27 April 2016.

External linksEdit