The 2011 CIMB Malaysian Open is now part of the WISPA World Series and boasts the biggest prize fund in the history of this event.
The move sees the prize fund move up to $60,000 and the event becomes the seventh tournament to join the prestigious group of tournaments on the rebranded WISPA World Series, the top tier of Women’s Squash.
The Malaysian National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur will once again play host to the 2011 CIMB Malaysian Open, from 18th-23rd July. The Quarter Finals onwards will be played on the all glass court at The Curve Shopping Mall.
“We are delighted that the CIMB Malaysian Open has upgraded to join the WISPA World Series. We always hoped that the country that has produced WISPA’s premier player in the form of Nicol David would join the elite band of events that make up the WISPA World Series. We appreciate the efforts from SRAM and the additional commitment of squash supporter CIMB to make this happen and know the women will put on an event to remember”, said WISPA Tour Director Tim Garner.
After claiming her sixth successive title at the event last year, world number one Nicol David, will be aiming for her seventh title at the upgraded event. The Malaysian superstar was delighted with the news: “This upgrade for the CIMB Malaysian Open going into the World Series tier is just fantastic. Thanks to CIMB Bank for being such a true supporter of squash in Malaysia and I’m also fortunate that they continue to give me a constant boost being my core sponsor in raising this tournament up to the next bracket. I’m certain that this will attract all the top 20 WISPA players to come to Malaysia to compete in this event.”