The tennis season is fast coming to a close, with the Luxembourg Open one of the last WTA tournaments left before it concludes. The event will see some big names battle it out from October 14 onward but Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova have withdrawn from the tournament.
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The Luxembourg Open was initially established in 1991 as an exhibition event. The WTA categorised it under the International Series of its World Tour, making it the first international tennis event in Luxembourg.
Luxembourg Open To Miss Angelique Kerber
The 2019 Luxembourg Open will see some big names fight it out for the title. The event falls under the WTA International category, which means the winner of the tournament will get 280 WTA points. The event will take place simultaneously alongside the WTA Kremlin Cup in Moscow, which offers 470 points to the winner as it is a WTA Premier tournament.
This means most of the players looking to make it to the WTA Finals opted to play there. However, Luxembourg Open will have its share of big names too.
The players that had already confirmed their participation include high-profile names like Angelique Kerber, Elise Mertens and Danielle Collins among others. However, Kerber has withdrawn from the competition because of fitness concerns.
The tournament will also see last year’s winner Julia Goerges return to defend her title.
Maria Sharapova Ruled Out of Luxembourg
Tennis fans in Luxembourg have will have to make do without Maria Sharapova who has withdrawn from the Luxembourg Open.
The Russian has had a problematic season so far with her injury woes which has restricted her from playing too much tennis. She last played at US Open, where Serena Williams beat her comprehensively in the first round 6-1, 6-1. After the crushing defeat at US Open, Sharapova decided to take some time off to get herself fully fit and competitive before returning on tour.
And she might have looked to do that at Luxembourg but by the looks of things, she would have to postpone that to the next edition of the Luxembourg Open.
Earlier, Sharapova had confirmed she was looking to get back on track from her fitness concerns and was looking to play at this competition.
She had said:
“I’m back on track now. I’m doing all the right things, but I might need a little more time. I might play next week. I’ll test the shoulder with a couple of practice sets. I’m not in a rush. The main goal is to get healthy, put in the work and play a good schedule in 2020. I want to work my way into 2020 and be healthy.”
Unfortunately, that was not to be.
As a result, Cori Gauff has moved into the main draw at the tournament. Gauff will be one of the star attractions as the 15-year-old looks to add on to her performances at Wimbledon and US Open earlier this year. Also joining the draw will be Caty McNally, another 17-year-old.