The 31st Palermo Ladies Open will be the first WTA tournament played after the Tour suspension and we already know the entry list.

Most of the players from the WTA circuit haven’t played competitive tennis for more than 5 months as the ATP & WTA Tours were suspended in March. Now, when the Tour resumes, players can’t wait to finally play at a competitive level. The Palermo Ladies Open is the first WTA tournament after the suspension, played from 3rd – 9th August 2020, and we already know the entry list. Previously, also world no. 2, Simona Halep should have played in Palermo, however, she has decided not to due to the Coronavirus concerns.

The tournament director Oliviero Palma said: “It is an insane draw. Considering Simona Halep’s participation and the Entry List, we can say that we’ll see a Premier at the Country Club, although it isn’t officially, yet that is the level we’ll have. The entry list is simply fantastic: it begins with world’s number 2 and ends with number 69. And it is not over yet, as the 31st of July is still far. We didn’t expect this kind of participation”

“I’ll be honest: we didn’t convince Halep to come to Palermo. She convinced herself because she wanted to play and because Palermo, Sicily, and Italy are safe places. We’re very happy for that. For the first time, we‘ll host an inaugural ceremony. We want to dedicate this restart to all those who sacrificed their lives for the common good – health workers. And it is also the restart of world tennis and we want to celebrate the solemnity of the moment”

“We’ll surely give wild cards to Italy’s best players: Camila Giorgi and Jasmine Paolini for the Main Draw, and the rest of the Fed Cup team for Qualifiers. In case one of them were unavailable, the first substitute would be the best Sicilian player. Three Roland Garros champions will play in Palermo and one finalist. The draw will present 11 between the 27 best players in the world. The absolute value of the tournament is shown by the fact that, at the moment, players such as Dayana Yastremska (no. 24), Karolina Muchova (no. 26), and Ekaterina Alexandrova (no. 27) aren’t seeds right now. ”

Palermo Ladies Open Entry List:

0. 🇷🇴 Simona Halep (no. 2)
0. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta (no. 14)
1. 🇭🇷 Petra Martic (no. 15)
2. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova (no. 18)
3. 🇬🇷 Maria Sakkari (no. 20)
4. 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit (no. 22)
5. 🇧🇪 Elise Mertens (no. 23)
6. 🇭🇷 Donna Vekic (no. 24)
7. 🇺🇦 Dayana Yastremska (no. 25)
8. 🇨🇿 Karolina Muchova (no. 26)
9. 🇷🇺 Ekaterina Alexandrova (no. 27)
0. 🇷🇺 Svetlana Kuznetsova (no. 32)
0. 🇷🇺 Veronika Kudermetova (no. 40)
10. 🇱🇻 Jelena Ostapenko (no. 41)
11. 🇫🇷 Kristina Mladenovic (no. 42)
0. 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova (no. 43)
12. 🇸🇪 Rebecca Peterson (no. 44)
13. 🇸🇮 Polona Hercog (no. 45)
14. 🇵🇱 Iga Swiatek (no. 49)
15. 🇫🇷 Fiona Ferro (no. 53)
16. 🇧🇪 Alison Van Uytvanck (no. 57)
17. 🇷🇺 Anna Blinkova (no. 61)
18. 🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund (no. 65)
19. 🇷🇺 Daria Kasatkina (no. 66)
20. 🇨🇿 Krystina Pliskova (no. 69)
21. 🇳🇱 Arantxa Rus (no. 70)
22. 🇸🇮 Tamara Zidansek (no. 71)
23. 🇷🇴 Sorana Cirstea (no. 75)
24. 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens (no. 77)
25. 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi (no. 89)

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Author: Erik Virostko