THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Alya Wta Malaysian Open
From 02/27 to 03/05
Money prize: $ 226,750
Surface: Hard outdoor
Tournament location: TPC Kuala Lumpur, 10, Jalan 1/70D & Off Jalan Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to get: TPC Kuala Lumpur is far less than 16 km from downtown and about 25 minutes driving. Kuala Lumpur Intl Airport rises at Sepang at about 63 km from tennis venue. You need a 50 minutes taxi ride to get in from there.
Previous winners: 2016 Elina Svitolina – 2015 Caroline Wozniaki – 2014 Donna Vekic – 2013 Karolina Pliskova – 2012 Su Wei Hsieh
Main players: Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Shuai Peng (Chn) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Hsieh Su Wei (Tpe)
THE TOWN: Kuala Lumpur, simply called KL by locals, is the federal capital and the largest city in Malaysia. It has grown from a small sleepy Chinese tin-mining village to a bustling metropolis of around 6.5 million in just 150 years. Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot with some of the world’s cheapest 5-star hotels, impressive shopping districts, even better food and some of nature’s wonders just an hour away, making this a dynamic city with much to offer.
Lonely Planet’s writer Isabel Albiston explains reasons she love KL: “For such a frenetic city, KL has an uncanny way of charming its visitors. Of course, the food helps: the sheer variety of delicious dining options that reflect the very best of Malaysian cuisine. But it’s more than that. It’s the way the city has embraced modernity with its towering skyscrapers and technological connectivity, all the while retaining a deeply entrenched adherence to the traditional customs and religions of its residents. Beyond the traffic and malls lies a complex cultural patchwork formed of distinct, coexisting communities, united by the warm welcome they extend to guests.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN KUALA LUMPUR:
- Petronas Twin Towers
- KLCC Park
- Menara Tower
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Beautiful *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located at 600 mt from Starhill Gallery. Featuring free wifi and private parking, and an onsite restaurant. A modern standard king room costs just 45$ per night breakfast included.
- Vortex Suite KLCC by Idaris. Wonderful **** accomodation at 600 mt from Petronas Twin Towers offering luxurious apartments with dining area. Free wifi and parking are provided. Daily price start from 65$ for one bedroom apartment. Rated 9.2 on Booking.
- Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Luxurious ***** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking located just 5 minutes walk from Petronas Towers. It offers free wifi, an outdoor pool and six on site restaurants. A 37 mq2 deluxe king room costs 121$ per night.
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