2023 Korea Open Seoul WTA Entry List - Pegula, Kenin & more

2023 Korea Open Seoul WTA Entry List - Pegula, Kenin & more

by Nurein Ahmed

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The 19th edition of the Korea Open will run from October 9th to 15th at the famous Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center.

It is a WTA 250-level tournament contested on outdoor hard courts. The singles field comprises 32 players, six of whom will enter the main draw via the qualifying route on the weekend preceding the start of the main draw in Seoul.

The Korea Open reigning champion is Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova who romped to the title at last year's edition beating Jelena Ostapenko in the final. Both the champion and the vanquished finalist will return to Korea's capital and will be among the top three seeds.

At least four players who have won the Korea Open in the past are in this year's entry list including Ostapenko (winner in 2017) and Irina-Camelia Begu (winner in 2015). But no player in the tournament's history has won the title twice.

The top seed at the 2023 Korea Open is Jessica Pegula who has taken a wild card to play in Seoul for the second time in her career. The top eight seeds at the tournament are all ranked in the world's Top 50, so this is quite a competitive field.

It is expected that Pegula will seal her qualification for the WTA Finals in singles by then, so she might take her foot off the pedal. That could open up an opportunity for the likes of Marie Bouzkova and Sofia Kenin, who have enjoyed an upturn in form in recent weeks to take advantage.

Alycia Parks had a sensational end to the season in 2022, and she'll be looking to reprise her results from last autumn in Asia. She is among the top eight seeds. Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko and Dutch player Arantxa Rus bring a wealth of experience to the field.

Margarita Betova is winless in 10 matches across all levels this season. She enters with a protected ranking. To see the full entry list for the 2023 Korea Open, be sure to check it out below.

2023 Korea Open Seoul WTA Entry List:

Seed Name  Entry Ranking
1 Jessica Pegula 4
2 Jelena Ostapenko 16
3 Ekaterina Alexandrova 21
4 Marie Bouzkova 30
5 Sofia Kenin 31
6 Alycia Parks 43
7 Lesia Tsurenko 50
8 Arantxa Rus 51
Katie Boulter 54
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 57
Bernarda Pera 64
Irina-Camelia Begu 66
Yanina Wickmayer 77
Anna Kalinskaya 80
Claire Liu 83
Nadia Podoroska 87
Yafan Wang 95
Kayla Day 96
Diane Parry 99
Kaja Juvan 102
Kimberly Birrell 104
Tereza Martincova 119
Emina Bektas 121
Margarita Betova (SR)
(WC) Top 20
(WC) Top 20


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