The event was now firmly established in the public consciousness – and wider afield on the worldwide tennis circuit – as underlined by the nations represented in the finals.
Dane Caroline Wozniacki returned for a third successive year – and became ladies champion for the second time beating an American in the final – while USA’s Amer Delic won the men’s crown in a thrilling final against a Chilean.
Afterwards Wozniacki declared: “I’d love to come back again. It’s been a different experience for me in each of the three years I’ve played here. But the tournament is definitely better now.”
Winners: Amer Delic bt Paul Capdeville 6-7 6-4 (10-7)
Caroline Wozniacki bt Ashley Harkelroad 4-6 6-4 (10-5)