Played on an outdoor hard court and coming with a $250.000 total prize money, the Katowice open is the week's second most lucrative WTA Tournament. A new event, the 2016 edition will be the 4th in tournament history.
The reigning champion is Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. With Radwanska pulling out of the tournament because of a shoulder injury, Schmiedlova will be the top seeded player in the main draw (and the only top 30 competitor). There will be another former champion among the top 8 seeds in addition to her, the French Alize Cornet who went all the way in 2014, defeating Camila Giorgi in the final. The Italian will be the fifth seed this time. Other notable seeds will include Jelena Ostapenko, Lesia Tsurenko, Timea Babos, Dominika Cibulkova and Kirsten Flipkens. Any of these players could find a way to get to the final, but the main favorite is clearly Schmiedlova.
Babos is in very good form which means that the Hungarian could certainly make a splash, but her consistency is not always there to really push the top 30 players. Luckily for her, there will only be one such player in the main draw. That one, however, will likely defend her title from the last season.
Posted: 6th April 2015
The Katowice Open is an annual hard court WTA Premier Tennis Tournament held in Katowice, Poland. Being one of the youngest tourneys around, the 2015 iteration of the event will be the 3rd in its history. The total prize money is $250,000 and the reigning champion is Alize Cornet who will try to defend her title when the players square off on Monday.
Although she will compete, the Frenchwoman won’t be the top seed at the tournament, as this privilege will fall on to world number 8 Agnieszka Radwanska. At 24th in the world, Cornet will be the second seed followed by Camila Giorgi, Magdalena Rybarikova, Kaia Kanepi, Karin Knapp, Kirsten Flipkens and Anna Schmiedlova. The first two finals of the tournament has been relatively memorable. In the 2013 final it was Roberta Vinci and Petra Kvitova who met on Sunday, and somewhat surprisingly it was the pesky Italian who got the better of her opponent who was already a Grand Slam champion at the time. Vinci won 7-6 (2), 6-1. The 2014 final between Cornet and Giorgi turned out to be a nail biter with a feat that’s rather rare on the WTA Tour accomplished by the two players.
In each of the three sets, the player who nabbed it had to win as many as seven games. The Frenchwoman won 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-5 in the end, crowning herself in the process. She will be the second favorite after the top seed Radwanska when the players start off the tournament on Monday.
Posted: 7th April 2014
The second edition of the WTA BNP Paribas Katowice Open returns today at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. The inaugural edition of the tournament in 2013 was played on indoor clay courts, however this year the matches will be played on indoor hard courts.
The WTA International Tournament will feature Polish Agnieszka Radwanska as the top seed in the singles' draw. Roberta Vinci, the defending champion, is the second seed this year. The Italian had beaten Petra Kvitova, who has chosen not to participate this year, 7-6, 6-1 in the final to win the crown. Other seeded players in this year’s tournament are Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, Alize Cornet of France, Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic, Yvonne Meusburger of Austria, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia and Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.
In the doubles draw, the pair of Klara Koukalova and Monica Niculescu are the top seeds, followed by Darija Jurak and Megan Moulton-Levy, Sandra Klemenschits and Andreja Klepac, and Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voracova, rounding up the top four seeds. Last year’s champions Lara Arruabarrena and Lourdes Dominguez Lino are not participating in this year’s tournament.
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Posted: 4th April 2016
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