30 Mar 2010

Cagnes-sur-Mer, France enters its 13th year on ITF Pro Circuit

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$100,000 Cagnes sur Mer - Poster

Situated on the French Riviera in South East France, Cagnes-sur-Mer will, in April, be playing host to an ITF Pro Circuit women’s tournament for the thirteenth consecutive year.

Since its debut on the ITF Pro Circuit as a $10,000 tournament way back in 1998, this tournament has seen significant growth in prize money offered over the subsequent years and 2010 will be the fourth year running where the prize money is set at $100,000.

Prize money Growth at Cagnes-sur-Mer


Past Singles Champions at Cagnes-sur-Mer

1998 Nancy Feber (BEL)
1999Lucie Ahl (GBR)
2000Iroda Tulyaganova UZB)
2001Jana Hlavackova (CZE)
2002Emilie Loit (FRA)
2003Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA)*
2004Severine Beltrame (FRA)
2005Laura Pous-Tio (ESP)*
2006Martina Muller (GER)
2007Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
2008Viktoria Kutuzova (UKR)
2009Maria-Elena Camerin (ITA)

* Former champion submitted entry for 2010 tournament

Two players who have already submitted their entries for this tournament are 24-year old Mathilde Johansson and 16-year old Kristina Mladenovic, both from France. Both players feature on the tournament promotional posters and also in a short promotional video on the official tournament website

Mathilde Johansson made her first appearance here in the 2001 qualifying event and first featured in the singles main draw as a Wild Card entrant in 2003. The 2010 tournament will see her competing in the singles main draw for the fifth successive year. Johansson, who achieved a career high WTA ranking of 59 during 2009, will be looking to improve on her previous best finish in Cagnes-sur-Mer which saw her reaching the second round in both 2008 and 2009 and add to her career total of seven singles titles on the ITF Pro Circuit. During the week of the tournament, Johansson will be celebrating her 25th birthday but will she be adding to this celebration by taking the singles title?

2009 ITF Junior World Champion made her ITF Pro Circuit debut in September 2007 but didn’t feature again until the 2008 Cagnes-sur-Mer tournament, one of two she competed in that year. 2009 saw her claim her biggest Junior title when she won the Roland Garros singles final, which she nearly repeated at Wimbledon, and also begin to play more regularly on the ITF Pro Circuit. In April 2009 she reached her first ITF Pro Circuit singles and doubles finals, both coming at the same tournament in Foggia, Italy. Although finishing as runner-up in the singles final, having come into the main draw via the qualifying event, she did claim the doubles title. With a current WTA singles ranking of 181, also her career high, and as a Semi Finalist here in 2009, she will be one to watch out for when the 2010 Cagnes-sur-Mer tournament gets underway.

For those lucky enough to be able to attend in person, the 2010 Open GDF Suez de Cagnes-sur-Mer Alpes-Maritimes will be taking place at Parc des sports Pierre Sauvaigo à Cagnes-sur-Mer from April 24th.

Can one of the two former champions to have entered in 2010 collect a second Cagnes-sur-Mer singles crown?

Will a Frenchwoman claim the singles title for the first time since the 2004 tournament?

There has only been the one non-European singles champion here, could 2010 be the year this changes?

To find out the answers to these and other questions, plus to follow the progress of both Johansson and Mladenovic, plus all other entered players, visit the ITF website where results will be uploaded on a daily basis following the close of play each day.
Kristina Mladenovic