Curtain up for the Upper Austria Ladies Linz 2021, which, like the anniversary edition last year – the 30th – will take place in the Linz TipsArena under increased corona safety precautions.
Tournament director Sandra Reichel and her father Peter-Michael Reichel, Europe’s highest-ranking official in the WTA Director’s Board, the body of the tennis players’ association, let their contacts play and engaged two absolute top stars of the scene for the event that starts on Saturday.
Emma Raducanu has been on everyone’s lips since she sensationally won the US Open as a qualifier on September 11th this year at the tender age of 18. The British woman has not only taken hearts by storm in her home country, the world number 22. is currently everybody’s darling.
“Everyone wants a piece of her”, knows the Linz tournament ambassador and Eurosport presenter Barbara Schett, who witnessed the hype surrounding Emma up close in London.
A touch more successful, but already in the autumn of her career, is Simona Halep, who has conquered two Grand Slam titles – Paris 2018 and Wimbledon 2019. The Romanian is extremely popular, even among her rivals. Three times in a row (from 2017 to 2019) the 30-year-old, who has already earned $ 38 million in prize money, was voted the most popular player on the tour.
Halep has served in Linz for the first time since 2012, she extends the fine list of former world number one who found their way to Upper Austria – from Lindsay Davenport to Justine Henin, Maria Sharapowa, Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber to Serena Williams. Because of its family flair, the relatively small tournament has gained enormous importance in the tennis circus. The level will also be able to keep up.
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