While Hong Kong was the main tournament to decide the last WTA Finals qualifiers in 2015, this year the status has been shifted to the Generali Ladies Linz. The long-running Austrian event boasts an entry list that is not only packed with exciting players, but also features three of the Road to Singapore main contenders, as Madison Keys, Dominika Cibulkova and Garbine Muguruza are all playing in Linz, hoping to finally collect the missing points to punch their Singapore ticket.
While Singapore contender Johanna Konta opted to stay in Asia, the vast majority of contenders have been flocking to Austria this year, fighting to keep alive their dream of being part of the WTA’s glamorous and lucrative year-end tournament.
Aside from the Singapore contenders, the draw is packed with plenty of other great players, including the usual mix of Germans and Austrians who regularly come to their (semi) home tournament, as well as some of the tour’s most promising young talents like Daria Kasatkina, Eugenie Bouchard and Belinda Bencic.
With the big-name players scheduled to arrive from Asia within the next 48 hours, Saturday in Linz was all about qualifying. The first of two preliminary rounds got underway, with 32 players fighting for their spot in the packed main draw field.
All in all, plenty of good reasons to pay very close attention to the traditional women’s event this year. The tournament will be topping off the great player field with one of their traditional themed players' parties as well.
Keep checking back to Women’s Tennis Blog for much more from the Generali Ladies Linz in the coming week.