The draw is set for the inaugural ATX Open.
In front of a lively crowd Saturday evening on Stadium Court, the opening round matches were determined and the path to becoming the first ATX Open champion was set.
Australian Open semifinalist Magda Linette is the top seed and headlines the top quarter of the draw. Her section is highlighted by one of the marquee first round matches which will pit fifth seed Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, against fellow American Taylor Townsend.
The two most recent H-E-B Women’s Pro Tennis Open champions are in the second quarter of the draw. Last fall’s champion, Peyton Stearns, the 2022 NCAA Champion from UT, could face 2021 winner Mirjam Bjorklund in the second round. This section also includes an all-American match up as Katie Volynets will play Alison Riske-Amritaj.
The seeds in the second quarter both have won titles already in 2023. Third seed Anastasia Potapova claimed the title earlier this year in Linz while American Alycia Parks, the eight seed, was victorious in Lyon.
The third quarter of the draw includes a pair of seeded Americans. Fourth seeded Danielle Collins was the 2022 Australian Open runner-up while sixth seed Lauren Davis comes to Austin having already won a title this season.
Second seed Shuai Zhang leads the bottom quarter of the draw. In 2022, she reached the quarterfinals or better at six tournaments.
Prior to the making of the draw Emma Raducanu withdrew from the tournament with tonsilitis. “I’m sorry to have to withdraw from the ATX Open,” Raducanu said. “I am currently suffering from tonsillitis and am unable to compete this week. Thank you to the tournament for the great hospitality here in Austin.”
Seven players will be added to the draw following the conclusion of the two-round qualifying tournament that wraps up Sunday.
Main draw play will begin Monday.