Thirty-two players will take to the courts at the Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center, where they will battle it out for the title. This will include top-10 ranked player Jessica Pegula.
The World No. 4 took a wild card to play in Seoul after a mixed summer. The American won her second WTA 1000 title in singles at the Omnium Banque Nationale Canadian Open in August. However, she then faced some disappointment at the US Open, where she crashed out in the fourth round against eventual semi-finalist Madison Keys.
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However, it is possible that Pegula will withdraw from the event if she qualifies for the WTA Finals, held from October 29 to November 5. She has already secured a spot there in doubles with Coco Gauff.
This could open the door for second seed Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian shocked the tennis world at the US Open earlier this month when she ousted defending champion Iga Swiatek in the Round of 16. Ostapenko also finished as runner-up at the Korea Open last year and will be hoping to go one better this time around.
Defending champion Ekaterina Alexandrova will also return this year in a bid to maintain her WTA Ranking points. The World No. 20 was defeated by Marketa Vondrousova in the third round of the US Open and will be looking for a better result in Seoul after crashing out of the recent WTA 1000 Guadalajara Open in the second round.
Venus Williams will also compete at the Korea Open as a wild card. This will be the 43-year-old's first time at the tournament since her victory there in 2007. She will be hoping to get a deep run here after being eliminated in the first round of the last two Grand Slams.
2023 Korea Open Seoul WTA Entry List
|Anna Karolina Schmiedlova||57|
|(WC) Top 20|
|(WC) Top 20|