The USA’s world No.29 Alison Riske-Amritraj leads the entry list for the singles event in the Chennai Open WTA 250 International tennis tournament to be held here from September 12 to 18.
Apart from Riske-Amritraj, the list of direct acceptances for the singles event includes Belgium’s Elise Mertens, who owns grand slams doubles titles, Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, a doubles champion at the French Open this year and Tatjana Maria of Germany.Riske-Amritraj is married to Stephen Amritraj, son of former India Davis Cupper Anand Amritraj.
Maria, a mother of two children, had hogged the limelight at Wimbledon earlier this year by reaching the semifinals for the first time ever in her 47th attempt. She was on a comeback trail following the birth of a second daughter.According to a press release issued here, the WTA announced the names of 21 direct acceptances. The singles main draw comprises 21 direct acceptances, one special exempt, four wild cards and six qualifiers.