Women's singles champion Evgeniya Rodina. Credit Karen Ross Photography

Past Ilkley winners and Wimbledon semi finalists line up for 2019 Ilkley Trophy

 

The women’s draw for the Ilkley Trophy has been announced with nine players ranked between 50 and 100 in the world gracing the grass courts of Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club [ILTSC] from 17-23 June.

 

The 20 women players accepted direct into the main draw include world #53 (formerly #11 – 2017) Kristina Mladenovic (France), who is also #4 in doubles. Mladenovic is best known for her doubles career so far, winning the 2013 Wimbledon and 2014 Australian Open mixed doubles and most recently the 2018 Australian Open women's doubles title with Tímea Babos.

 

Mladenovic’s compatriot and fellow France Fed Cup team member Pauline Parmentier (#66) returns to Ilkley, aiming to build on her 2018 haul of two WTA singles titles.

 

2016 Ilkley Champion Evgeniya Rodina (Russia), currently ranked #70 in the world, also returns alongside 2017 champion Magdalena Rybarikova (#74, Slovakia), who notably went on from Ilkley to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon beating then world #3 Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) and Coco Vandeweghe (then #25, USA) along the way. 2018 Ilkley Champion Tereza Smitkova (#126, Czech Republic) will also be back to defend her title.         

 

Viktorija Golubic (#79, Switzerland) will be aiming for her second title of 2019, to add to her win at Indian Wells, United States in February. Currently enjoying her highest ever ranking, France’s Fiona Ferro (#82) is enjoying her first year in the global top 100 while Poland’s number one Magda Linette (#87), a consistent presence in the top 100, will be making her Ilkley debut.

 

Rounding off top 100 players set to appear in Ilkley are American Madison Brengle (#91), a familiar face to Ilkley crowds following her appearance in 2017, and Stefanie Voegele (#97, Switzerland) who  made it to the finals of an ITF tournament in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France in May and the third round of the Indian Wells Masters in March, losing to eventual winner and world #23 Bianca Andreescu.

 

Tickets are on sale here: https://www.lta.org.uk/major-tennis-events/trophy-series/ilkley-trophy/tickets-2019/

 

The full official acceptance list for the women’s draw at the 2019 Ilkley Trophy is:

  • Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA)        53                                                          

  • Pauline PARMENTIER (FRA)         66                                                          

  • Evgeniya RODINA (RUS) 70                                                          

  • Magdalena RYBARIKOVA (SVK)  74                                                          

  • Viktorija GOLUBIC (SUI) 79                                                          

  • Fiona FERRO (FRA)          82                                                                          

  • Magda LINETTE (POL)     87                                          

  • Madison BRENGLE (USA)              91                                                          

  • Stefanie VOEGELE (SUI) 97                                                          

  • Vera LAPKO (BLR)             102                                                        

  • Ivana JOROVIC (SRB)       103                                                        

  • Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO) 105                                                        

  • Lin ZHU (CHN)   106                                                        

  • Luksika KUMKHUM (THA)            107                                                        

  • Nicole GIBBS (USA)         115                                                                        

  • Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU)           116                                                        

  • Anna BLINKOVA (RUS)   117                                                        

  • Whitney OSUIGWE (USA)             119                                                                        

  • Nao HIBINO (JPN)            121                                                        

  • Beatriz HADDAD MAIA (BRA)      124

  • Tereza SMITKOVA (CZE) 126                                            

IT Advert Oct.png

© Copyright Ilkley Chat 2019