The last tennis event for women’s tennis in 2020 will be the Linz Open, held in Linz, Austria. The Linz Open usually takes place in October, but because of the COVID-10 pandemic it has been scheduled to be played November 7 through the 15. This year will be the 30th anniversary of the event, which is an indoor hard court event. The field of players this year has some great names. Here are the top seeds of the tournament:
Interesting Names at the 2020 Linz Open
Indeed, the biggest name in the tournament is World No.11 Aryna Sabalenka. The 22-year-old Belorussian will be playing this event for the first time. She will look to take her third title of the year as she has won the Qatar Total Open and the Ostrava Open. Undoubtedly hard courts are her favorite as it suits her game. Sabalenka is the heavy favorite in the tournament and will look to snatch up the title.
Following Sabalenka is World No.21 Elise Mertens. The Belgian has been playing fantastic tennis and is one of the favorites to win the tournament. She comes from playing the Ostrava Open last month, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals in straight sets.
The young Ukrainian will be playing at this event. Yastremska is currently ranked No.29 in the world. In spite of not playing at a high level as of recently, she cannot be counted off as a favorite at this event.
World No.33 Ekaterina Alexandrova is another top 50 player in the main draw. The Russian comes from a disappointing first round defeat to Maria Sakkari at the Ostrava Open last month. Alexandrova will look to bounce back from that and have a deep run in this tournament.
Definitely one of the biggest surprises of the year, the Argentine will be trying to produce another deep run. She had an amazing run at the French Open, reaching the semifinals and defeating Elina Svitolina along the way. She is now ranked No.48 in the world and will look to increase in the rankings.
World No.46 Veronika Kudermetova will try to have a good run as she did in the Ostrava Open last month. She reached the quarter-finals where she eventually lost to Jennifer Brady. The young Russian has been playing well and will continue to keep that form in the years last event.
The Italian is clearly a favorite as well as she won this tournament back in 2018. Her heavy hitting suits the indoor courts and she will try to bounce back from an inconsistent year. She will try to end the year on a high note and repeat the great run she had back in 2018 in this event.
Lastly, the home favorite, Barbara Haas, has been awarded a wildcard for this event. Currently, the Austrian is ranked No.146 in the world and will no doubt try to bump up the rankings. With a favorable draw she can achieve this and will try to make a deep run.
Great Field Of Players
To conclude, the Linz Open will be a great tournament to end the WTA season. Unfortunately, there will be no fans and will be played behind closed doors. Nonetheless, the field of players is a very interesting one and it should produce some great matches as the tournament starts to unfold.
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