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LINZ, AUSTRIA – The race for the final places in the WTA Finals hots up with Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic currently battling to make the cut in Linz.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA International
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $250,000
Top seeds Kiki Bertens [1/WC]

Belinda Bencic [2]

Anastasija Sevastova [3]

Donna Vekic [4]

Julia Goerges [5]

Maria Sakkari [6]

Barbora Strycova [7]

Ekaterina Alexandrova [8]

Top Half Kiki Bertens [1/WC]

Maria Sakkari [6]

Anastasija Sevastova [3]

Julia Goerges [5]

Bottom Half Ekaterina Alexandrova [8]

Donna Vekic [4]

Barbora Strycova [7]

Belinda Bencic [2]

 

Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

SF 12-Oct
C Gauff [LL] (USA) 64 64 A Petkovic (GER)
J Ostapenko (LAT) 16 76(5) 75 E Alexandrova [8] (RUS)
QF 11-Oct
A Petkovic (GER) 64 61 V Kuzmova (SVK)
C Gauff [LL] (USA) 76(1) 64 K Bertens [1/WC] (NED)
E Alexandrova [8] (RUS) 62 64 K Mladenovic (FRA)
J Ostapenko (LAT) 75 61 E Rybakina (KAZ)
R2 10-Oct
E Alexandrova [8] (RUS) 76(1) 26 64 L Siegemund [Q] (GER)
V Kuzmova (SVK) 26 62 64 A Pavlyuchenkova [9] (RUS)
K Mladenovic (FRA) 36 61 62 D Vekic [4] (CRO)
K Bertens [1/WC] (NED) 46 63 63 A Van Uytvanck (BEL)
J Ostapenko (LAT) 75 41 RET A Cornet (FRA)
R2 09-Oct
C Gauff [LL] (USA) 46 64 20 RET K Kozlova (UKR)
E Rybakina (KAZ) 63 57 64 A-L Friedsam [Q]  [Q] (GER)
A Petkovic (GER) 76(2) 60 J Georges [5] (GER)
R1 09-Oct
E Alexandrova [8] (RUS) 36 60 61 Kr Pliskova (CZE)
J Ostapenko (LAT) 61 63 T Korpatsch [Q] (GER)
A Pavlyuchenkova [9] (RUS) 63 63 B Haas [WC] (AUT)
K Bertens [1/WC] (NED) 64 75 M Doi [Q] (JPN)
R1 08-Oct
E Rybakina (KAZ) 76(5) 62 N Stojanovic [Q] (SRB)
A Cornet (FRA) 64 64 B Strycova [7] (CZE)
L Siegemund [Q] (GER) 62 57 75 F Ferro (FRA)
C Gauff [LL] (USA) 63 76(3) S Voegele [Q] (SUI)
J Georges [5] (GER) 64 62 M Gasparyan (RUS)
A Van Uytvanck (BEL) 63 62 Y Bonaventure [LL] (BEL)
K Mladenovic (FRA) 61 75 K Siniakova (CZE)
A-L Friedsam [Q]  [Q] (GER) 64 26 62 B Bencic [2] (SUI)
D Vekic [4] (CRO) 61 61 P Hercog (SLO)
R1 07-Oct
V Kuzmova (SVK) 64 62 J Grabher [WC] (AUT)
A Petkovic (GER) 61 61 J Teichmann (SUI)
K Kozlova (UKR) 61 67(1) 76(5) A Blinkova (RUS)

 

[1/WC] Kiki Bertens

Currently, if we assume Serena Williams will not take up her place in China, Bertens is in the driving seat, holding No. 2 seen Belinda Bencic at bay. However, Linz has been a tough nut for her to crack – although her draw has opened up with the injury withdrawals of Maria Sakkari and Anastasija Sevastova.

Bertens’ Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • R2: Alison Van Uytvanck
  • QF: Maria Sakkari [6]
  • SF: Anastasija Sevastova [3]
  • F: Belinda Bencic [1]

 

[2] Belinda Bencic

Belinda Bencic in the quarter-final of the US Open 2019, New York USA

Belinda Bencic in the quarter-final of the US Open 2019, New York USA | (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

It is a battle for the (potential) last spot in Shenzhen for the WTA Finals, as Bertens’ WC puts the pressure firmly on Bencic. With both of them already having qualified for Zhuhai, and the likelihood of Williams not occupying her spot in the finals, the fight is on this week for a good run.

Bencic’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Anna-Lena Friedsam
  • R2: Elena Rybakina
  • QF: Barbora Strycova [7]
  • SF: Donna Vekic [4]
  • F: Kiki Bertens [1/WC]

 

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[4] Donna Vekic

Donna Vekic in the third round of Roland Garros 2019, France

Donna Vekic in the third round of Roland Garros 2019, France | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Vekic has a decent enough draw, at least until she reaches the semi-finals, on paper at least. Linz has been a tough place for her with naver having made it past the first round, and coming off the back of three straight losses and only one win in the Asian swing beforehand, she will want to improve that stat.

Vekic’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Polona Hercog
  • R2: Kristina Mladenovic
  • QF: Ekaterina Alexandrova
  • SF: Belinda Bencic [2]
  • F: Kiki Bertens [1/WC]
The Generali Ladies Linz takes place between 7-13 October (BST +1 hour)

 

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