30 January 2024

Inside Out

Angie's prelude

A Grand Slam winner in Linz

Angelique Kerber is returning to the Upper Austria Ladies Linz for the first time after winning the tournament eleven years ago - and she's coming with all the trimmings! The former world number one and 2013 Linz winner starts the tournament with her match against Lucia Bronzetti (not before 6.30 pm).

Angelique Kerber

After arriving on Sunday and receiving a warm welcome from tournament director Sandra Reichel, the 2018 Wimbledon winner already had a full schedule on Monday. In addition to a large media round, a student press conference with her coach Torben Beltz was also on the agenda. However, the focus was clearly on preparing for her first round match today. But of course I know that I have to be patient," says Kerber, who won the United Cup with Germany in her first tournament after her comeback. At the Australian Open, she only narrowly lost to former Linz semi-finalist Danielle Collins. Today she will be up against the Italian Lucia Bronzetti and can be sure of great support from the Linz fans - just like eleven years ago!

Camila Giorgi

Another former winner of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz will be doing the honours at 2 pm. Camila Giorgi from Italy was already flying high with a forklift truck at one of her favourite tournaments during the draw on Sunday. From today, the 32-year-old is now hoping for a sporting high, similar to 2018, when she won her second WTA tournament. She previously reached the final for the first time in Linz in 2014 - and this year? She first has to deal with an old acquaintance at the start. Giorgi wants to take revenge on Clara Tauson for her defeat in the round of 16 in Linz last year. Will that work?

Impressive start by Pavlyuchenkova & Boulter

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Katie Boulter are already one step further. Both won the first two main draw matches of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz as a WTA 500 tournament thanks to impressive performances. They dominated above all with a strong serve and only conceded four games each. The direct duel between the two in the round of 16 promises to be a real highlight.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

"I'm really happy with my performance. My game plan was simply to have fun and feel the ball well in the racket. That worked out really well. I feel very comfortable here. Linz is a wonderful city and I still have a lot to discover here over the next few days."

Katie Boulter

Kraus as the clear outsider

If Sinja Kraus were to qualify for the last 16 today, it would probably be the biggest success in the career of the 21-year-old Viennese. Kraus, who is currently ranked 185th in the world, has had time to get used to the atmosphere in the Design Centre over the last few days and will face France's Clara Burel (WTA 52) today at "prime time" (not before 8pm). "I'm lost for words. I'm absolutely delighted to be taking part," said Kraus after finding out that she was the only Austrian in the main draw thanks to a wildcard. "The wildcard is a reward and certainly an incentive for her future career. I'm always happy when we can be a platform for Austrian women's tennis with our tournament," says tournament director Sandra Reichel. Sinja, we are keeping our fingers crossed for you!

Sinja Kraus

Match of the Day


Age: 21

Born in: Vienna, Austria

World ranking position: 185

Greatest success: Six ITF titles won 


Age: 22

Born in: Rennes, France

World ranking position: 52

Greatest success: Two WTA finals appearances 

Balance sheet

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Match Highlights





Main draw ticket for Niemeier

She was the only German player to make it through qualifying: Jule Niemeier, the 2022 Wimbledon quarter-finalist, defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain by a clear 6:3, 6:1 yesterday. Today (not before 4 p.m.), Niemeier will face Anna Blinkova. In addition to her, Denmark's Clara Tauson, Jodie Burrage from Great Britain, Erika Andreeva, Sara Errani (Italy) and Lucrezia Stefanini (Italy) have also qualified. Jaqueline Cristian from Romania slipped into the field as the "lucky loser". Incidentally, Cristian's tournament week in 2021 also began this way - and it took her all the way to the final...


Of tradition and craftsmanship

Donna Vekic, Sinja Kraus and Ekaterina Alexandrova had a very special Monday morning. The three tennis pros were able to bake their own delicious Kornspitz at a baking event at Backaldrin - a welcome change from the players' normal daily routine! We wish them all the best: Bon appétit!

Backaldrin will be at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz with various activities throughout the week of the tournament.


Ekaterina Alexandra, Sinja Kraus, Günter Koxeder (master baker), Donna Vekic, Wolfgang Mayer (company spokesman and member of the management board).
Ekaterina Alexandra, Günter Koxeder (master baker), Sinja Kraus, Donna Vekic.


Angelique Kerber


"Experience Amazing"

Full speed ahead with Lexus! The Japanese premium brand, which is considered a pioneer of electrification in the premium automotive industry, is the new official automotive partner of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz this year and is providing the electrified shuttle fleet for the tennis pros with twelve vehicles. In the Public Village, visitors will have the opportunity to take a close look at the latest Lexus models. You are welcome to drop by!


Back on the summit

With a tailwind to Linz: Elise Mertens returned to the top of the doubles world rankings on Monday. The Belgian has now been number one for a total of 27 weeks - now she's back in the spotlight. Congratulations from tournament director Sandra Reichel were also a must. Great to have you here, Elise!

One-off opportunity

Student press conference

How does a professional player like Angelique Kerber actually eat? Does she have a favourite country and why does she actually play tennis? Children and young people were able to ask these and many other questions yesterday at a very special press conference presented by LINZ AG. "Angie" and her coach Torben Beltz took a lot of time for the youngsters and answered every question with a lot of humour. An unforgettable experience for everyone involved!

Angie Kerber






It tastes good!

They provide refreshments on and off the court in the Design Centre: Coca Cola and Römerquelle provide employees, visitors and press representatives with a large selection of drinks at various buffets and bars throughout the tournament week. And thanks to these partners and Berglandmilch, the players are also well catered for in the Players Lounge!




Rotary meets Upper Austria Ladies Linz! After a welcome from tournament director Sandra Reichel, Rotary guests from Traun and Linz experienced an exciting evening of tennis on Monday, including a backstage tour. Rotary is an international network with 1.4 million members and is not only one of the largest, but also one of the oldest organisations of its kind. Thank you for being here, dear Rotary members!

An ace for the bees

Cool sustainability initiative! For every ace beaten, Oberösterreichische Versicherung covers the cost of a honeycomb for a young beekeeper.



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Supporting programme
30 January 2024

Today on the plant

  • Exhibition of the hydrogen model at the LINZ AG stand
  • TBA: Autograph session at the LINZ AG stand
  • 3.00 pm: Students' press conference presented by LINZ AG
  • Schulaktion presented by LINZ AG:
    • Pupils should take a cool photo in the Design Centre. The three most creative pictures can win the following prizes:
    • Prize 1: Linz AG harbour tour for max. 40 people
    • Price 2: Excursion to Linz AG + catering for max. 30 people
    • Price 3: Admission to a Linz AG leisure centre by arrangement for a maximum of 30 people


  • 2.00 pm: Akarion Cyber Resilience Forum
  • Honouring the ÖTV Young Player of the Year 2023 at Centre Court
  • Honouring the ÖTV Coach of the Year 2023 at Centre Court
  • 5.00 pm: Mayor's reception

The tournament on TV

Live there!

Stay on top of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz with ORF Sport Plus! The broadcast times at a glance:

Tuesday, 30 January 2024

From 3.55 pm (ORF Sport Plus)

Wednesday, 31 January 2024

From 3.55 pm (ORF Sport Plus)

Thursday, 1 February 2024

From 13.55 (ORF Sport Plus)


Friday, 2 February 2024

From 12.55 pm (ORF Sport Plus)
From 13.35 (ORF1)

Saturday, 3 February 2024

From 2.00 pm (ORF Sport Plus)

Sunday, 4 February 2024

From 2.00 pm (ORF Sport Plus)

The matches can also be streamed on the ORF TVthek. With just one click, you can be there live on centre court.

Program booklet

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