Aryna Sabalenka headlines WTA’s final swing of 2020 with rising star Nadia Podoroska also in Linz field
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.
— WTA Linz (@WTALinz) November 7, 2020
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.
Francisco Cerundolo eyeing remarkable family first ahead of Argentina Open final
Cerundolo is looking to emulate his younger brother Juan Manuel by winning his first ATP title.
Classy Petra Kvitova in dominant form as she eases to Qatar Open title
Petra Kvitova stormed to her 28th career title and second at the Qatar Open win with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Garbine Muguruza in Doha.
WATCH: Roger Federer practices in Doha as he learns his fate in the draw
Roger Federer could face a clash against Britain’s Dan Evans in the first match of his comeback event in Doha.
Andrey Rublev’s stunning run of form continues as beats Stefanos Tsitsipas
Andrey Rublev stirmed into his fourth straight ATP 500 final with a 6-3, 7-6(2) victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rotterdam.
Roger Federer sends fans crazy with a social media post ahead of his return to action
The moment Roger Federer fans have waited almost a years to see is nearly here as he prepares to return to action next week.
Garbine Muguruza into the final in Qatar after Victoria Azarenka pulls out
Victoria Azarenka withdrew ahead of the Qatar Total Open semi-finals to send Garbine Muguruza.
Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up showdown with Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam
Stefanos Tsitsipas is into the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
Lawn Tennis Association determined to show commitment to inclusion and diversity
Seven people from diverse backgrounds have been appointed to the LTA Council.
Andy Murray’s tips on how to make sure you stay injury-free when tennis resumes after lockdown
Andy Murray is back with some tips.
WATCH: Kei Nishikori reveals he wanted to be a penguin when he was young
Kei Nishikori with some quality content.