The inaugural edition of the WTA Merida Open will be played in Mexico, running from February 20 – 26, 2023. The event is categorized as a WTA 250 and will feature one of the most open fields, with a host of players in the main draw ranked between 50th and 100th in the rankings. On that note let us take an in-depth look at all details of the event.
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Where will the 2023 WTA Merida Open be played?
The 2023 WTA Merida Open will take place in Merida, Mexico – the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan. The tournament will run from February 18 (qualifying) until February 26, 2023, when the women’s singles final will be held.
The Merida Open will be played at the Yucatan Country Club
The WTA Merida Open will be played on outdoor hard courts and is part of the WTA 250 series. It replaces the Abierto Zapopan which was also held in Mexico.
What’s the 2023 WTA Merida Open Schedule?
The WTA Merida Open will kick off with qualifying on Saturday, February 18, 2023, with 24 players competing in two rounds, vying for six main draw spots.
On Sunday, February 19, the second round of qualifying will be completed. Main draw action will commence on Monday, February 20, 2023.
The full schedule of the WTA Merida Open is as below:
Qualifying: February 18 – 19, 2023
Round 1: February 20 – 21, 2023
Round 2: February 22 – 23, 2023
Quarterfinals: February 24, 2023
Semifinals: February 25, 2023
Final: February 26, 2023
Who is Playing at the 2023 WTA Linz Open?
The 2023 WTA Merida Open will feature a 32-woman field, spearheaded by 2023 Australian Open semifinalist Magda Linette.
Sloane Stephens is the second seed and is the only Grand Slam singles winner in the draw. Two of Stephens’ seven career titles have come on Mexican soil including last year’s triumph in Guadalajara 250.
In-form American Alycia Parks is the fifth seed and joins the field at a career-high ranking of No. 51.
Six players will join from qualifying, while four players will be confirmed as wild card entrants.
Here is the confirmed player list of the 2023 WTA Merida Open so far:
Please note that the below entry list is subject to change as a result of withdrawals due to injuries or undisclosed reasons.
Nuria Parrizas Diaz
WTA Merida Open 2023 Prize Money
The total financial commitment including prize money for the 2023 WTA Merida Open is $259,303 in its first edition on the WTA calendar.
The breakdown of this year’s prize money has not yet been confirmed.
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How to Watch the 2023 WTA Merida Open?
If you are looking to watch the 2023 WTA Merida Open on television, live stream, or on-demand, you can do so in the following ways:
For the International audience, the 2023 WTA Merida Open matches can be streamed live or on-demand on WTATv.com at a monthly subscription fee of $9.99.
In the USA, Tennis Channel Plus will broadcast the Merida Open at an annual subscription cost of $109.99. While in the UK matches can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, Supersport TV will have broadcast rights for all WTA matches in 2023, while in the MENA region, the WTA Merida Open is accessible on BeIN Sports.
Austria: Tennis Channel
France: BeIN Sport
Latina America: ESPN
Australia: BeIN Sport
Canada: TVA, DAZN
Malaysia & Brunei: Astro
Italy: Super Tennis
For a full list of all broadcast partners, please visit the WTA’s official website here.
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Our 2023 WTA Merida Open Predictions & Picks
It is one of the most open fields with four players ranked inside the Top 50 vying to lift the WTA 250 title in Merida. And undoubtedly the biggest headline act during the week will be Poland’s Magda Linette who arrives in Merida fresh off a breakthrough run at the Australian Open.
Linette isn’t the only player who made waves in Melbourne that is playing in Mexico. China’s Zhu Lin is also another veteran who comes to this tournament following a terrific start to her campaign.
Lin reached the fourth round of a Major for the first time after stunning Greece’s Maria Sakkari en route. She has since won her second career title in Hua Hin at the start of February.
Alycia Parks is another player who has bagged a WTA title this year. She sensationally defeated top seed Caroline Garcia in Lyon to win her first Tour-level title, although her winning streak indoors ended at 15 after losing in Linz. But this is an outdoor event and Parks will be looking to start afresh.
Camila Osorio is a definite outsider in the outright market. The Colombian loves playing in South America. She won her first and thus far only WTA title in this part of the continent two years ago. And she was unerring in Lyon before losing to Caroline Garcia in the semifinals. The former US Open girls champion is worth a shout to add a second title to her trophy cabinet.
How to Buy 2023 WTA Merida Open Tickets?
Please note that tickets can only be purchased through the tournament’s official website here. The ticket allocation and pricing is divided into three categories namely weekly pass, single-day pass, and final pass.
The qualifying rounds will not attract any fees, but will not include access to the main stadium. Also to note, the minimum age for admission is 5, and matches are scheduled to start at 2 pm local time.