LINZ, Austria — Situated in the northern central part of Austria, the Generali Ladies Linz WTA tournament kicked off its first day of qualifications Saturday.
The International level WTA tournament boasts an accomplished list of past champions, including Petra Kvitova, Lindsay Davenport, Nadia Petrova, Justine Henin, Amélie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova. Tw0-time Ana Ivanovic is also entered into this year’s tournament, as is first time entrant and world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.
Day one of qualification was already full of drama as the top three seeds were each taken to three-sets, with the sole casualty begin No. 3 seed Anne Keothavong. No. 1 seed Irina-Camelia Begu ousted a continually slumping Aravane Rezai, while new American pro Mallory Burdette easily handed Kristyna Pliskova a first round exit in under one hour.
Catch some of the highlights below from photographer Rick Gleijm, and make sure to check back all week as we’ll be covering both Linz this week and the WTA Luxembourg tournament next week.