Friday February 15, 2013
Theiviya wants a better outing at Open
By SHAMSHUL FITRI
KUALA LUMPUR: Teenager S. Theiviya is looking for a better outing in the BMW Malaysian Open tennis tournament at the Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) from Feb 25-March 3.
Theiviya, the daughter of former national player S. Selvarajoo, made her debut in the tournament in 2011 and lost to Ukraine’s Tetiana Luzhanska 6-1, 6-1 in the qualifying round.
The 19-year-old has got off to a strong start this year, winning the first leg of the BMW Malaysian Tennis Circuit last month after beating Yussyazlin Nabila Yusri, who will also feature in the BMW Open.
Theiviya also represented the country in the Fed Cup in Kazakhstan on Feb 4-10. The team of Theiviya, Alyssa Boey, Nurin Nabilah Roslan and Aslina Chua finished sixth in the group stage.
“It was a nice experience playing in the Fed Cup. I’m looking forward to featuring in the BMW Malaysian Open again,” said Theiviya.
Theiviya and reigning national champion Aslina will play in the singles qualifier while Yussyazlin will partner Theiviya in the doubles competition in the BMW Malaysian Open.
“When I first took part in 2011, it was a learning experience. A lot has changed since then and I’m hoping for a better outing this time,” said Theiviya.
Competition will be stiff in this year’s edition as former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova and world No. 55 Ayumi Morita will be in action alongside former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and defending champion Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan. Wozniacki is currently ranked No. 10, Su-wei is No. 25 and Hantuchova is No. 75.
Keld Kristiansen, the executive chairman of event promoter Carbon Worldwide, said they still had two wildcards for the singles main draw.
“There are some players lobbying for the two spots ... we’ll make an announcement soon. It will be the most exciting line-up ever for the event,” he said.