Croatian ace Martic to join star-studded Thailand Open field
World No.14 Petra Martic has confirmed her participation in next month's GSB Thailand Open, organisers said on Saturday.
The US$275,000 WTA International Series tournament will be held at True Arena in Hua Hin from Feb 10-16.
Suwat Liptapanlop, the advisory chairman of the organising committee, said: "After world No.5 Elina Svitolina from Ukraine confirmed her participation in the tournament, there has been another good news that Petra Martic, the world No.14 from Croatia, will also come to play in this event. She has received a wild card from the organisers to play in the main draw."
Martic, who won her first WTA title in Istanbul last year, reached the French Open quarter-finals. She lost to Julia Goerges of Germany in the second round of the ongoing Australian Open.
Apart from Svitolina and Martic, other players in the second edition of the Thailand Open include world No.21 Dayana Yastremska from Ukraine, Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei and Zheng Saisai of China.
As for Thai players, Tamarine Tanasugarn will play in the doubles event, while Patcharin Cheepcharndet has received a wild card for the main draw.
Players will be invited to take part in several activities during the tournament, including giving alms to monks and cooking Thai dishes, Suwat said.
"We are confident that this year's tournament will be better than the inaugural edition because we have learned lessons from some mistakes last year," Suwat said.
Tickets are available at www.thaiticketmajor.com and Vana Nava Water Jungle Hua Hin (www.vananavahuahin.com/th). For more information, contact True Arena Hua Hin at 032-909-633 or visit www.truearenahuahin.com.