Two Former Champions Headline Qualifying Fields

Two Former Champions Headline
Western & Southern Open Qualifying Fields

Past Winners Azarenka, Zvonareva to Vie for Main Draw

 

CINCINNATI (Aug. 4, 2020) – Players with past Western & Southern Open success will be among those competing for a spot in the main draw during this year’s two-round qualifying event.

 

Former champions Victoria Azarenka (2013) and Vera Zvonareva (2006), who are both among the active moms on the WTA, headline the women’s field while there are six men competing who have reached at least the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open, including 2019 semifinalist Richard Gasquet.

 

Azarenka was ranked No. 2 when she defeated World No. 1 Serena Williams in the 2013 final. It marks the only time the top two players in the WTA rankings have met at the Western & Southern Open. Zvonareva, who has entered with a protected ranking, claimed the Cincinnati title in 2006 with a win over Katerina Srebotnik just two years after falling to Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport in the 2004 final.

 

Gasquet’s semifinal run in 2019 is the best result among the men’s qualifying field. He also was a quarterfinalist in 2015 and is one of the six qualifying entrants to have reached that round at the Western & Southern Open, joined by Jeremy Chardy (2012), Steve Johnson (2016), Feliciano Lopez (2015), Gilles Simon (2009, 2011) and Yuichi Sugita (2017)

 

Forty-eight players from both the ATP Tour and WTA will battle for 12 main draw berths during qualifying Aug. 20-21 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Main draw action for the ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 event will take place Aug. 22-28.

 

There are 11 total former champions entered in the men’s and women’s main draws for the 2020 Western & Southern Open. The ATP field includes defending champion Daniil Medvedev along with Novak Djokovic (2018 winner), Grigor Dimitrov (2017), Marin Cilic (2016) and two-time champion Andy Murray (2008, 11).

 

Two-time champion Serena Williams (2014-15) will join defending champion Madison Keys, and past winners Kiki Bertens (2018), Garbiñe Muguruza (2017), Karolina Pliskova (2016) and Kim Clijsters (2010) in the WTA field.

 

Here are the initial qualifying entrants:

 

 

Rank

Name

Age

Nat.

 

Rank

Name

Age

Nat.

46

Lorenzo Sonego

25

ITA

 

55

Su-Wei Hsieh

34

TPE

50

Richard Gasquet

34

FRA

 

56

Alja Tomljanovic

27

AUS

51

Alexander Bublik

23

KAZ

 

57

Alison Van Uytvanck

26

BEL

53

Pablo Andujar

34

ESP

 

58

Victoria Azarenka

31

BLR

54

Gilles Simon

35

FRA

 

59

Alize Cornet

30

FRA

56

Feliciano Lopez

38

ESP

 

60

Bernarda Pera

25

USA

59

Jeremy Chardy

33

FRA

 

61

Anna Blinkova

21

RUS

60

Pablo Cuevas

34

URU

 

62

Lauren Davis

26

USA

61

Aljaz Bedene

31

SLO

 

63

Jil Teichman

23

SUI

62

Juan Ignacio Londero

26

ARG

 

64

Zarina Diyas

26

KAZ

63

Steve Johnson

30

USA

 

65

Laura Siegemund

32

GER

64

Jordan Thompson

26

AUS

 

66

Daria Kasatkina

23

RUS

65

Jiri Vesely

27

CZE

 

68

Carla Suarez-Navarro

31

ESP

66

Joao Sousa

31

POR

 

69

Kristyna Pliskova

28

CZE

67

Radu Albot

30

MDA

 

70

Arantxa Rus

29

NED

68

Mikael Ymer

21

SWE

 

72

Hibino Nao

25

JPN

69

Egor Gerasimov

27

BLR

 

73

Taylor Townsend

24

USA

70

Soonwoo Kwon

22

KOR

 

75

Sorana Cirstea

30

ROU

72

Ricardas Berankis

30

LTU

 

76

Misaki Doi

29

JPN

73

Jannik Sinner

18

ITA

 

77

Kristen Flipkens

34

BEL

75

Corentin Moutet

21

FRA

 

79

Madison Brengle

29

USA

76

Attila Balazs

31

HUN

 

80

Jessica Pegula

26

USA

77

Cameron Norrie

24

GBR

 

81

Irina Camelia-Begu

29

ROU

78

Federico Delbonis

29

ARG

 

82

Viktoria Kuzmova

22

SVK

79

Gianluca Mager

25

ITA

 

85

Patricia Maria Tig

26

ROU

80

Laslo Djere

25

SRB

 

86

Nina Stojanovic

24

SRB

82

Thiago Monteiro

26

BRA

 

88

Christina McHale

28

USA

83

James Duckworth

28

AUS

 

89

Camila Giorgi

28

ITA

84

Marton Fucsovics

28

HUN

 

90

Monica Puig

26

PUR

85

Dennis Novak

26

AUT

 

91

Danka Kovinic

25

MNE

86

Stefano Travaglia

28

ITA

 

94

Paula Badosa

22

ESP

87

Yuichi Sugita

31

JPN

 

95

Jasmine Paolini

24

ITA

88

Andreas Seppi

36

ITA

 

96

Kristie Ahn

28

USA

90

Yasutaka Uchiyama

27

JPN

 

98

Kateryna Kozlova

26

UKR

91

Mikhail Kukushkin

32

KAZ

 

100

Timea Babos

27

HUN

92

Dominik Koepfer

26

GER

 

101

Varvara Gracheva

20

RUS

94

Hugo Dellien

27

BOL

 

102

Aliona Bolsova

22

ESP

95

Gregoire Barrere

26

FRA

 

104

Greet Minnen

22

BEL

96

Andrej Martin

30

SVK

 

105

Katarina Zavatska

20

UKR

97

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

21

ESP

 

106

Anna-Lena Friedsam

26

GER

98

Lloyd Harris

23

RSA

 

268*

Vera Zvonareva

35

RUS

99

Robertp Carballes Baena

27

ESP

 

350*

Kateryna Bondarenko

33

UKR

271*

Mackenzie McDonald

25

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOLD Past Western & Southern Open Champion      

*Using injury protected ranking

 

 

About the Western & Southern Open

The Western & Southern Open takes place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men's tour and a Premier 5 event for the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). The W&S Open is the largest annual summer sporting event in the US Midwest, hosting fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries with more than 50 million global viewers in more than 160 countries. The tournament is also one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $11 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.

 

About the US Open Series

The US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. Featuring a cohesive weekly schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.

 

About the WTA

Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,650 players representing 84 nations competing for a record $180 million in prize money. In 2019, the WTA was watched by a record breaking global audience of 700 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 53 events and four Grand Slams in 28 countries and regions. The season culminates with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering a $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.

 

About the ATP

The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 64 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2020 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and FedEx ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). The 2020 season launched with the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia and will culminate with only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams competing for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals in November. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2020 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

 

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