2023 Upper Austria Ladies Linz announced as receiving upgrade from WTA 250 to WTA 500 from 2024

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 at 09:30
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The Upper Austria Ladies event finally got the approval for a much-awaited upgrade which will come into effect in 2024.
This year, the tournament was organised as a WTA 250 event. However, from next year onwards, the competition will be organised as a WTA 500 event,
The development was announced on the social media platform X — previously known as Twitter — page of the competition on Monday.
The primary difference between the WTA 250 and 500 events is the amount of prize money involved which generally determines what kind of players will take part in the event.
In the 250 events, the total prize money distributed amongst the players is somewhere between $235,000 to $280,000.
On the other hand, in the WTA 500 events, the total prize money distributed amongst the players ranges between $565,000 to $800,000, which is many folds higher than what the players get to earn at a 250 event.
Also, the point rating system to play in both events is different. In the WTA 250 events, the winner can get a maximum of 280 rating points whereas in the WTA 500 event, the winner is due to earn 470 rating points.
In the 2023 edition of the competition, it was Croatia’s Petra Martic who ended up lifting the title after beating Russia’s Anastasia Potapova in the final in straight sets with a score of 6-3, 6-1.

🚀 🆙 GRADE The @WTA has upgraded the 𝓤𝓹𝓹𝓮𝓻 𝓐𝓾𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓪 𝓛𝓪𝓭𝓲𝓮𝓼 𝓛𝓲𝓷𝔃 from a WTA 250 event to a WTA 500. For the first time in the new category, the #WTALinz will be held in the Design Center Linz from 28 Jan to 4 Feb – a week earlier than this year. #hooray


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