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The WTA has confirmed the entry list for the main singles draw. Katarzyna Kawa and Magdalena Fręch are guaranteed to play in the tournament. Other Poles will get the opportunity to be a part of the main draw thanks to wild cards. You can now purchase tickets for BNP Paribas Poland Open on eBilet.pl.

The entry list looks very promising. The cutoff – the ranking of the last player directly qualified for the main draw – is 145. It is pretty high for a WTA 250 tournament, and the spot is occupied by Magdalena Fręch.

As a former player I am aware of how important it is for young tennis players to get a chance to play in the main circuit. A good performance results in gaining many points and, consequently, going up in the rankings much faster. As an example we can recall Agnieszka Radwańska, who might have needed more time to move up in the rankings had it not been for wild cards she received for tournaments in Warsaw. I’m glad that polish players will get the opportunity to play in Gdynia – says Marcin Matkowski, Tournament Director of BNP Paribas Poland Open.

Except for athletes called up to represent their country at the Olympics, some of the best tennis players will come to Gdynia. A place in the TOP 100 doesn’t guarantee being one of the 8 seeds. The event at Arka Gdynia Tennis Facility will welcome two TOP 50 players – Yulia Putinseva and Tamara Zidansek (this year’s Roland Garros semifinalist) as well as seven athletes from WTA TOP 100, which certainly is a promise of a level worthy of a main circuit event and corresponding to the tradition of WTA tournaments in Poland.

 

You can now purchase tickets for BNP Paribas Poland Open on eBilet.pl. This year the prize money is $235.238. 32 players from the WTA ranking will take part in the main draw. 16 doubles pairings will play in the tournament and 16 players will enter the qualifying event. Winning the trophy equals 280 points to the WTA ranking.

BNP Paribas Poland Open Players

Yulia Putintseva

Kazakhstan

Age: 26

Birthplace: Moscow
Height:
163 cm

WTA Singles Ranking: 42

Career High: 27 (February 2017)

WTA Doubles Ranking: 151

WTA Tournaments won: 1 in singles

(Nuremberg 2019)

Best Grand Slam singles results: Australian Open – III round (2016, 2020 and 2021); Roland Garros – quarterfinal (2016 and 2018); Wimbledon – II round (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019); US Open – quarterfinal (2020).

Best Grand Slam doubles results: Australian Open – II round (2019); Roland Garros – II round (2021); Wimbledon – II round (2016); US Open – III round (2019).

Forehand: right-handed

Backhand: two-handed

In WTA TOP 100 for 6 years, in TOP 50 since September 2018.

TAMARA ZIDANSZEK

Slovenia

Age: 23

Birthplace: Postojna
Height:
168 cm

WTA Singles Ranking: 46

Career High: 46 (June 2021)

WTA Doubles Ranking: 63

WTA Tournaments won: 3 in doubles

(Tashkent 2018, Palermo 2020 and Linz 2020)

Best Grand Slam singles results: Roland Garros – semifinal (2021); Australian Open – II round (2019 and 2020); Wimbledon – II round (2019); US Open – I round (2018 and 2019).

Best Grand Slam doubles results: Australian Open – II round (2021); Roland Garros – II round (2020 and 2021); Wimbledon – II round (2019); US Open – I round (2019)

Forehand: right-handed

Backhand: two-handed

One of this year’s Roland Garros semifinalists.

Katarzyna Kawa

Poland

Age: 29

Birthplace: Krynica-Zdrój
Height:
174 cm

WTA Singles Ranking: 133

Career High: 112 (November 2020)

WTA Doubles Ranking: 139

Best Grand Slam singles results: Australian Open – I round qualifying (2020 and 2021); Roland Garros – I round qualifying (2019 and 2021); Wimbledon – III (last) round qualifying (2019); US Open – I round main draw (2020)

Forehand: right-handed

Backhand: two-handed

In 2019 Katarzyna Kawa started the year as world number 269 and ended as number 127. She moved up by 66 spots from one week to the next as a result of reaching a final at Jurmala as a qualifier. That’s also where she got a very important win over a TOP 100 player – Bernarda Pera.

Magdalena Fręch

Poland

Age: 23

Birthplace: Łódź
Height:
171 cm

WTA Singles Ranking: 145

Career High: 115 (July 2018)

WTA Doubles Ranking: 251

Best Grand Slam singles results: Australian Open – I round (2018); Roland Garros – II round (2018); Wimbledon – I round qualifying (2018 and 2019); US Open – I round (2019)

Forehand: right-handed

Backhand: two-handed

In 2018 Magdalena Fręch scored wins over players such as Paula Badosa, Christina McHale, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Tatjana Maria.

She is the fourth highest ranked player in our country. Two years ago she dropped to no. 245 in the world. As she started building up her rankings again, the pandemic hit. Since the tour restarted eleven months ago Magda has climbed up by 27 spots. She is now 46 spots away from Top 100.