Announcement: Sunday, 5 March 2017 matches start at 5.30pm.
24 February 2017
Participation part of KL Sea Games 2017 preparations.
Local stars Jawairiah Noordin and S. Theiviya have been picked by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) to play in the ALYA WTA Malaysian Open from February 27th to March 5th at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Jawairiah, the World No 1,052, and Theiviya each earned a wild card for the women’s singles qualifying round by virtue of being the highest ranked players in Malaysia.
The duo will be using the tournament to prepare for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in August.
For the record, no Malaysian has ever won a match in the singles competition at the ALYA Malaysian Open.
The 26-year- old Jawairiah came close when she took her opponents to three sets in the first round of the qualifiers in the 2012 and 2016 editions.
For Jawairiah, it will be her first competition of the season as she missed the recent first round of the National Circuit due to a bacterial lung infection.
“I have recovered and now I am eager to make history. I think it is about time for a Malaysian player to win a match in this tournament,” said Jawairiah.
“When I was down with lung infection, I limited court training but kept myself fit with light sessions in the gym. I am back in court and training diligently. The tournament is part of my preparations for the Sea Games and it will be a good platform to gain confidence.”
In 2016, Jawairiah was named LTAM’s player of the season following several breakthroughs in lower-tier tournaments.
She won doubles titles in the fifth leg of the US$10,000 Sharm El Sheikh Open (with Theiviya) last August and the Hua Hin Open (with Indonesia's Jessy Rompies) last November.
Jawairiah also reached the women's singles semi-finals in the first leg of the Sharm El Sheikh Open in May.
She ended 2016 as the national No 1 in singles and also achieved her career high ranking in doubles of No 749 in the WTA Tour.
Jawairiah will partner Rompies in the doubles main draw at the ALYA Malaysian Open.
Theiviya’s participation in the doubles competition is pending withdrawals of other pairs.
National singles coach S. Selvarajoo said both players are progressing in training.
“They are trying new things in training and I am confident they will do respectably in the ALYA Malaysian Open,” said Selvarajoo, the father of Theiviya.