Hyderabad Open

Tamarine Tanasugarn

Residence: Bangkok, Thailand
Date of Birth: May 24, 1977
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5’5” (1.65 m)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (1994)

The returning queen, winner of the WTA Indian Open 2003 at Hyderabad, her maiden WTA title Crown, re-enters the foray to vie for the Indian Open 2004. Her Previous attendance at Hyderabad saw Tamarine bring down Iroda Tulyaganova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Seeded at Number 1 and holding a WTA ranking of 35, Tamarine seems set to take on and brave the fiercest opponents to try and retain her title here in India.

A member of the Thai Olymic team in 1996 and 2000, Tanasugarn is the winner of 8 ITF titles and has made the finals in an individual capacity on 5 occasions. With 5 doubles wins under her belt, the WTA Indian open will be the opening gambit for the players fortunes for the year to come after Japan.

May last year saw Tamarine withdraw from play at Strasbourg after a back injury at Roland Garros. Bouncing right back, Tamarine reached a Ranking of 32 September last at Bali where she made it to the quarter fianals, and also reached the doubles finals w/Sugiyama. As of November 2003, Tanasugarn was pegged at rank 34, a rank she held onto while mowing through with a doubles win at the Japan Open w/Sharpova.