The only tour-level tournament in Austria is returning to the WTA Tour for 2023. Having historically hosted many of the world’s top players, the Upper Austria Ladies Linz is a highly anticipated event. To learn more about the event set in early February and about the changes introduced this year, keep on reading.
WTA Linz Open Tennis Tournament
The Upper Austria Ladies Linz is an annual hardcourt outdoor tournament held in Linz, Upper Austria. The event is part of the WTA tour as a WTA 250 event. This year will mark the 32nd edition and its return to the tour after cancellation in 2022. The event was one of many that were canceled due to Covid-19.
The two significant changes introduced this year are to the event’s venue and date. Previously, the Linz Open was one of the season’s final events, held in October and once in November for its last iteration in 2021. This year the event will be one of the first of the season, set in early February. As for its venue, the Linz Open will be returning to the Design Center after being held at the TipsArena for 20 years.
|Venue||Design Center Linz|
|Tour category||WTA 250|
|Draw||32 S, 16 D|
Linz Open 2023 results
In singles, Russian Anastasia Potapova, the No 8 seed, beat Croat Petra Martic, the No 6 seed, 6-3, 6-1 to win the Linz Open trophy at the Design Center Linz on Sunday. A former junior world No 1 and junior Grand Slam winner is coming into her own on the WTA Tour. On Sunday, Russia’s Anastasia Potapova, who won the Wimbledon girls’ singles title in 2016, captured her second career WTA singles title with a straight-sets win over Croatia’s Petra Martic in the final of the WTA Linz Open.
In the doubles title, Natela Dzalamidze and Viktoria Kuzmova won their first WTA title together. Natela Dzalamidze and Viktoria Kuzmova saved a championship point in the Linz doubles final, then took the title with a 4-6, 7-5, [12-10] win over Anna-Lena Friedsam and Nadiia Kichenok.
Upper Austria Ladies Linz History and Previous Winners
The Upper Austria Ladies Linz is the newest iteration of the Linz Open. It is one of the oldest surviving tournaments on the WTA Tour, and given its long history, the event has seen many changes. The inaugural edition of the Linz Open was played in 1987 in Wels, Austria. The event started out on the ITF Circuit but by 1991, the event was organized in Linz as a WTA tournament. Since then the event has been held in Linz.
The tour category has seen multiple changes, going from Tier V to Tier III, and Tier III to Tier II. Then in 2009 when the tour categories changed, the event became classified as an International tournament and most recently, after the tiers changed again in 2020, the Upper Austria Ladies Linz became a WTA 250 event. The venue has seen changes too, being held predominantly at the TipsArena Linz and 3 times at the Design Center in the years 2001, 2001, and 2002. As mentioned previously, the tournament is returning to the Design Center.
The event’s past champions include multiple former world no. 1s, most notably Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin, Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Ana Ivanovic, and others. In recent years, many top-ranking players today have participated at Linz like world no. 7 Coco Gauff, who won the title back in 2019, and world no. 5 Aryna Sabalenka, who won in 2020.
Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, Sabine Appelmans, Jana Novotna, Lindsay Davenport, and Ana Ivanovic are all tied for most titles at the event with 2. Still, Davenport is the only woman to have won 2 consecutive titles. It has not yet been confirmed if the 2021 champion Alison Riske will be returning to defend her title.
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2023||Anastasia Potapova||Natela Dzalamidze / Viktoria Kuzmova|
|2021||Alison Riske||Natela Dzalamidze / Kamilla Rakhimova|
|2020||Aryna Sabalenka||Arantxa Rus / Tamara Zidansek|
|2019||Coco Gauff||Barbora Krejcikova / Katerina Siniakova|
|2018||Camila Giorgi||Kirsten Flipkens / Johanna Larsson|
|2017||Barbora Strycova||Kiki Bertens / Johanna Larsson|
Linz Open Prize Money and Points
The prize money for the 2023 edition of the Linz Open is set at $259,303, a slight improvement from the last edition’s $235,238. As the prize distribution has not yet been released, we will be looking at the 2021 Upper Austria Ladies Linz’s distribution as there are no expected changes so this year’s distribution should be similar.
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
Keep in mind the distribution percentages may be subject to change.
Linz Open Players List
World no. 6, former no. 3, and the most significant Greek player in history, Maria Sakkari was headline the event as she makes her debut at Linz in February. Other notable players are also playing, following is the list of players.
- Alison Van Uytvanck
- Anastasia Potapova
- Anhelina Kalinina
- Anna Blinkova
- Bernarda Pera
- Camila Giorgi
- Danka Kovinic
- Donna Vekic
- Ekaterina Alexandrova
- Irina-Camelia Begu
- Jaqueline Cristian
- Jule Niemeier
- Katerina Siniakova
- Linda Noskova
- Lucia Bronzetti
- Madison Brengle
- Maria Sakkari
- Petra Martic
Upper Austria Ladies Linz 2023 Draws
The event had 32 singles and 16 doubles draws that will be released as the tournament progresses.
Linz Open 2023 Dates
The Upper Austria Ladies Linz was held across a week from the 6th-12th of February with a qualifying round on the 5th and 6th.
Linz Open 2023 Schedule
The schedule for the 2023 Upper Austria Ladies Linz is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|6th February||Round 1||Round 1|
|7th February||Round 1||Round 1|
|8th February||Round 2||Round 1|
|9th February||Round 2||Quarter Final|
|10th February||Quarter Final||Quarter Final|
Keep in mind, the doubles schedule is not official and the tournament schedule may be subject to change.
Linz Open Tickets
Tickets for the Linz Open can be purchased from the official ticketing portal. There are no day or night sessions and the tickets apply per day, with the exception of a weekend ticket for the last 2 days of the event.
Gif vouchers and VIP Business Seats are also available. To learn more and to book the VIP Business Seats and To purchase tickets for the Upper Austria Ladies Linz, a link has been mentioned below: