Tournament ambassador Timea Bacsinszky, defending champion Kiki Bertens, and former Grand Slam champion Samantha Stosur have confirmed their participation in the third edition of the Ladies Championship Gstaad.
At a media conference last Tuesday, the organisers were released the names of the athletes who will be playing at the Gstaad clay court from 14 to 22 July.
Swiss Tournament Ambassador
After Timea Bacsinszky (WTA 63) had to cancel the Ladies Championship Gstaad last year due to injury, a return to the court in Saanenland was clear to her this year.
"I am all the more motivated now and I will do everything to be able to play my best tennis again in Gstaad", said the (currently) highest-ranked Swiss woman confidently.
Last year’s winner, Kiki Bertens (WTA 18), will try to repeat her triumphant participation. Most recently, she made it to the final in the Madrid tournament in early May. The 26-year-old Dutch woman may be remembered by the Gstaad audience, as she won the tournament in the doubles last year in addition to the individual victory. Her final opponent last summer was Anett Kontaveit (WTA 25), the 22 year-old player from Estonia who attracted attention this spring when she moved to the semi-finals both in Stuttgart and in Rome.
Grand Slam Winner
Australian Samantha Stosur (WTA 60) will also participate this year. She won the 2011 US Open, and despite her advanced age—34—was victorious in Strasbourg last year, showing that she remains a serious candidates for the tournament victory.