The first edition of the Ladies Open Lausanne looks promising. Timea Bacsinszky, Stefanie Voegele and Jil Teichmann will represent Switzerland on the courts of the Tennis Club Stade-Lausanne from July 13 to 21. To win the trophy, they will have to face a strong blue-white-red team made up of the French number one and two players Caroline Garcia (WTA 22) and Alizé Cornet (WTA 48). In addition to the Franco-Swiss confrontation, an international delegation will be led by Julia Goerges (GER, WTA 18), Eugenie Bouchard (CAN, WTA 77), former world number 5, and Samantha Stosur (AUS, WTA 96), winner of the 2011 US Open. The Ladies Open Lausanne, which has a prize money of 226,750 dollars, is expected to grow through the four invitations (Wild Cards) to which it is entitled.
Experience and performance
The main draw of the tournament in the Olympic capital (see the complete list on page 2) will be led by Julia Georges (GER, WTA 18). The German is having a very good start to the season with a second consecutive title in Auckland (NZE). In addition to the German, the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko (WTA 27), a regular member of the world’s Top 30, as well as a French quartet, will play a prominent role in the tournament. The leader of the French team, Caroline Garcia (WTA 22) will be on the watch as well as Alizé Cornet, winner of the last Ladies Championship Gstaad, and Fiona Ferro (WTA 82) semi-finalist in Lugano this year. While the first edition will have a strong French accent, experienced players will be making the trip to Lake Geneva, including Eugénie Bouchard (CAN, WTA 77) and Samantha Stosur (AUS, WTA 96). The Canadian with 3.5 million followers on social networks and a Wimbledon finalist in 2014 is sure to put on a show on and off the court, as is former world number 4 Samantha Stosur, who will be relying on her strength and experience.
A title at home for a Swiss player ?
For this first edition and despite the strong competition, the Swiss women will have great ambitions. Timea Bacsinszky from the canton of Vaud will certainly try to lift the trophy in front of her home crowd on a court she knows by heart. Stefanie Voegele (WTA 97) will be part of the trio of Swiss women this year, arriving in Lausanne in good shape after a final in Cagnes-sur-Mer (FRA). However, the surprise of the tournament could be Jil Teichmann (WTA 93), very comfortable on clay and a real revelation in 2019 with her first WTA title on clay in Prague (CZE).
Ladies Open Lausanne off court
In addition to high level tennis, the Ladies Open Lausanne will also offer spectators and visitors new events combining entertainment and catering, including Afterworks and several themed evenings (Silent Party, Cuban Evening, etc. …). The tournament hopes to become an essential part of this summer in Lausanne and is sure to delight visitors of all ages.
Entry List Main Draw (WTA Ranking as of June 4, 2019)
- Julia Goerges (GER, WTA 18)
- Caroline Garcia (FRA, WTA 22)
- Lesia Tsurenko (UKR, WTA 27)
- Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU, WTA 33)
- Alizé Cornet (FRA, WTA 48)
- Zhang Shuai (CHN, WTA 50)
- Tatjana Maria (GER, WTA 57)
- Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS, WTA 58)
- Daria Gavrilova (AUS, WTA 61)
- Pauline Parmentier (FRA, WTA 66)
- Kateryna Kozlova (UKR, WTA 67)
- Evgeniya Rodina (RUS, WTA 70)
- Karolina Muchova (CZE, WTA 73)
- Eugenie Bouchard (CAN, WTA 77)
- Fiona Ferro (FRA, WTA 82)
- Bernarda Pera (USA, WTA 85)
- Mona Barthel (GER, WTA 86)
- Jil Teichmann (SUI, WTA 93)
- Timea Bacsinszky (SUI, WTA 94)
- Samantha Stosur (AUS, WTA 96)
- Stefanie Voegele (SUI, WTA 97)