Prize Money: $220,000
Tournament Director: Fouad Alami Mejjati http://www.lallameryemtennis.com/
The WTA makes its lone stop in Africa for the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. The red clay court event has been staged in three different cities in Morocco, starting off in Casablanca in 2001, moving to Rabat in 2005 and then to its current home of Fès in 2007.
Fès, an increasingly popular tourist destination, is Morocco's second largest city. The name of the event refers to Princess Lalla Meryem, the sister of Mohammed VI, King of Morocco.
Among the tournament's past participants are Marion Bartoli, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Li Na, Dinara Safina and Patty Schnyder. It has produced a different champion each year since its inception.
2011 -Italian Veteran Brianti Wins First WTA Title
Experience trumped youth in Morocco as 31-year-old Alberta Brianti beat 19-year-old Simona Halep.
Year Champion Runner-up Score
2011 Alberta Brianti Simona Halep 6–4, 6–3
2010 Iveta Benešová Simona Halep 6–4, 6–2
2009 Anabel Medina Garrigues Ekaterina Makarova 6–0, 6–1
2008 Gisela Dulko Anabel Medina Garrigues 7–6(2), 7–6(5)
2007 Milagros Sequera Aleksandra Wozniak 6–1, 6–3
2006 Meghann Shaughnessy Martina Suchá 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
2005 Nuria Llagostera Vives Zheng Jie 6–4, 6–2
2004 Émilie Loit Ľudmila Cervanová 6–2, 6–2
2003 Rita Grande Antonella Serra Zanetti 6–2, 4–6, 6–1
2002 Patricia Wartusch Klára Koukalová 5–7, 6–3, 6–3
2001 Zsófia Gubacsi Maria Elena Camerin 1–6, 6–3, 7–6(5)