WTA Bogota: Automatic Entry List Confirmed For Copa Colsantis

WTA Bogota: Automatic Entry List Confirmed For Copa Colsantis

21 players have been confirmed for the 2016 Copa Colsantis in Bogota, with defending champion Teliana Pereira among those returning

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The automatic entry list for the WTA clay court tournament in Bogota, the Copa Colsantis, has been confirmed, with 21 players automatically being entered into the main draw.

The tournament, which takes place from the 11th-18th April, had previously confirmed some players, though the entry list is now complete.

Pereira And Svitolina Return

The tournament has certainly been given a boost by the entrance of both Teliana Pereira and Elina Svitolina.

Pereira won her first career title at the tournament last year, defeating Yaroslava Shvedova in the final, and the world number 50 is set to be the second seed in Bogota as she looks to defend the title.

World number 16 Svitolina is set to be the first seed in the Columbian capital, and will be looking to improve on her result last year where, as the top seed, she lost to Pereira in the semifinal. The rising star will be looking for her fifth career title at the tournament.

Svitolina will be a favorite for the title (Getty/Stanley Chou)
Svitolina will be a favorite for the title (Getty/Stanley Chou)

Former Champions In Action

Pereira is not the only former champion in action, with three other previous winners looking to regain the title.

The most high profile of these will Mariana Duque-Marino, who won her home tournament back in 2010. The world number 79 will be hoping that the crowd can help her go on another run at her home tournament.

Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino and Lara Arruabarrena are also looking to win the title for a second time. Veteran Dominguez Lino first reached the final at the Copa Colsantis back in 2005, and went on to win the her only WTA titles at the tournament in 2006 and 2011. Arruabarrena won her only career title at the tournament in 2012 and a second victory at the tournament will see her near her career high ranking of 70.

Duque-Marino will compete in her home country (Getty/Buda Mendes)
Duque-Marino will compete in her home country (Getty/Buda Mendes)

Americans Looking For The Title

The USA has several players set to head to Bogota looking for the title.

The highest ranked American set to take part is world number 56 Christina McHale, who will be one of many players looking for their maiden WTA title at the tournament. McHale is set to be the third seed in Bogota.

Two other Americans in the top 100 are in action, with Vavara Lepchenko set to be the fourth seed at the tournament and Irina Falconi set to be the sixth seed, based on current rankings.

The other players from America set to take part are Lauren Davis, Anna Tatishvilli, Alexa Glatch and Sascha Vickery, who is the last player automatically entered into the draw.

McHale will be looking for her first career title (Getty/Clive Brunskill)
McHale will be looking for her first career title (Getty/Clive Brunskill)

Cepelova Among Other Players In Action

Several other players are in Bogota in an attempt to win the title.

One of the more well-known players in the draw is Jana Cepelova. The Slovakian is inconsistent, but reached her only career final on clay and has recorded wins over the likes of Serena Williams and Simona Halep.

Several other European stars are also in action, with Tatjana Maria, Patricia Maria Tig, Petra Martic, Romina Oprandi, Rebecca Peterson, Kristina Kucova and Alize Lim all set to play.

Alongside Pereira and Duque-Marino, Veronica Cepede Royg will be look to perform well on her home continent.

Cepelova could be a dangerous player in the draw (Getty/Julian Finney)
Cepelova could be a dangerous player in the draw (Getty/Julian Finney)

Ranking Points

The winner of the tournament will gain 280 ranking points. 180 points are available for the finalist, whilst there is 110 points available for the semifinalists and 60 points available for quaterfinalists.

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