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Kuala Lumpur Gallery: A Week To Remember

From established WTA stars to rising stars and Asia's best and brightest, it was an action-packed week on and off the court at the BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Published April 20, 2014 12:10

A star-studded field descended on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the BMW Malaysian Open this past week.
A star-studded field descended on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the BMW Malaysian Open this past week.
Dominika Cibulkova, who a few weeks ago became the newest member of the Top 10, headlined the field.
Dominika Cibulkova, who a few weeks ago became the newest member of the Top 10, headlined the field.
And though she had some struggles, the World No.10 battled through to her third WTA final of the year.
And though she had some struggles, the World No.10 battled through to her third WTA final of the year.
The No.1-seeded Slovak was just a game away from the title, leading No.7-seeded Donna Vekic, 75 54.
The No.1-seeded Slovak was just a game away from the title, leading No.7-seeded Donna Vekic, 75 54.
But Vekic began slugging the ball harder and harder and from that point won seven games in a row.
But Vekic began slugging the ball harder and harder and from that point won seven games in a row.
After a dramatic third set Vekic finally closed the match out in two hours and 51 minutes, 57 75 76(4).
After a dramatic third set Vekic finally closed the match out in two hours and 51 minutes, 57 75 76(4).
Vekic is the first player under 18 to win a WTA title since Vania King all the way back in 2006.
Vekic is the first player under 18 to win a WTA title since Vania King all the way back in 2006.
The Croat is the second-youngest player in the Top 100, after fellow 17-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic.
The Croat is the second-youngest player in the Top 100, after fellow 17-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic.
Earlier on in the day, an all-sister clash took place in the BMW Malaysian Open doubles final.
Earlier on in the day, an all-sister clash took place in the BMW Malaysian Open doubles final.
Chan Hao-Ching and Timea Babos faced Chan Yung-Jan - Chan Hao-Ching's sister - and Zheng Saisai.
Chan Hao-Ching and Timea Babos faced Chan Yung-Jan - Chan Hao-Ching's sister - and Zheng Saisai.
Little sister Hao-Ching prevailed this time - Babos and Chan prevailed in straight sets, 63 64.
Little sister Hao-Ching prevailed this time - Babos and Chan prevailed in straight sets, 63 64.
Asia's brightest young stars were shining all week in Malaysia, including surging Chinese Zhang Shuai.
Asia's brightest young stars were shining all week in Malaysia, including surging Chinese Zhang Shuai.
Zhang was a crowd favorite all week, meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures.
Zhang was a crowd favorite all week, meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures.
Zhang made the semifinals in the singles draw, falling to eventual champion Vekic in three, 16 63 64.
Zhang made the semifinals in the singles draw, falling to eventual champion Vekic in three, 16 63 64.
The Chinese was ranked No.135 in the world a year ago - she's now firmly inside the Top 50.
The Chinese was ranked No.135 in the world a year ago - she's now firmly inside the Top 50.
  • A star-studded field descended on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the BMW Malaysian Open this past week.
  • Dominika Cibulkova, who a few weeks ago became the newest member of the Top 10, headlined the field.
  • And though she had some struggles, the World No.10 battled through to her third WTA final of the year.
  • The No.1-seeded Slovak was just a game away from the title, leading No.7-seeded Donna Vekic, 75 54.
  • But Vekic began slugging the ball harder and harder and from that point won seven games in a row.
  • After a dramatic third set Vekic finally closed the match out in two hours and 51 minutes, 57 75 76(4).
  • Vekic is the first player under 18 to win a WTA title since Vania King all the way back in 2006.
  • The Croat is the second-youngest player in the Top 100, after fellow 17-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic.
  • Earlier on in the day, an all-sister clash took place in the BMW Malaysian Open doubles final.
  • Chan Hao-Ching and Timea Babos faced Chan Yung-Jan - Chan Hao-Ching's sister - and Zheng Saisai.
  • Little sister Hao-Ching prevailed this time - Babos and Chan prevailed in straight sets, 63 64.
  • Asia's brightest young stars were shining all week in Malaysia, including surging Chinese Zhang Shuai.
  • Zhang was a crowd favorite all week, meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures.
  • Zhang made the semifinals in the singles draw, falling to eventual champion Vekic in three, 16 63 64.
  • The Chinese was ranked No.135 in the world a year ago - she's now firmly inside the Top 50.
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