Aryna Sabalenka headlines WTA’s final swing of 2020 with rising star Nadia Podoroska also in Linz field

Aryna Sabalenka serving

The Upper Austria Ladies Linz will mark the final tournament of the 2020 WTA Tour season with world No 11 Aryna Sabalenka the highest-ranked player in the field.

The WTA Finals in Shenzhen was initially due to bring the curtain down on this season, but the season-ending tournament and several other events were cancelled due to the coronavirus.

The honour of hosting last tournament of the season goes to the Upper Austria Ladies Linz instead after it was moved from its original 19-25 October slot to 9-15 November.

Sabalenka will be the top seed and she heads there in good form as she won the Ostrava Open a fortnight ago while world No 21 Elise Mertens is the second seed.

The field includes four more players inside the WTA top 50 as Dayana Yastremska (29), Ekaterina Alexandrova (33), Veronika Kudermetova (46) as well as French Open semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska (48).

Argentinian Podoroska, who is yet to win a WTA Tour singles title, produced a sensational run at Roland Garros as she became the first qualifier to reach the last four at the French Open before losing to eventual winner Iga Swiatek.

Coco Gauff is the defending champion of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz having won the title as a 15-year-old last season, but the American opted not to return this year.

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