CHICAGO, IL, USA - Danielle Collins and Eugenie Bouchard are two of the stars who will lead the Oracle Challenger Series Chicago women’s main draw, which begins on Tuesday.
WTA World No.37 Collins has accepted a wildcard into the event and has been given the No.1 seeding for the tournament. She has been drawn to face Jana Fett in the opening round, having seen her US Open singles challenge fall at the first hurdle against the in-form Aryna Sabalenka.
Should she reach the quarterfinals, a date with fellow rising American star Sachia Vickery is on the cards. The WTA World No.78 pushed US Open No.5 seed Elina Svitolina all the way to three sets last week and will have taken confidence from that display, though first she will have to overcome Ons Jabeur and then either Allie Kick or Kristyna Pliskova.
Bouchard, the former WTA World No.5, progressed one round further in New York thanks to a victory over Harmony Tan, but was beaten by Marketa Vondrousova. In Chicago, she will tackle a qualifier in her opening match.
Petra Martic has been handed the No.2 seeding for the event and will also face a player to come through the qualifying tournament, while other Top 75 players include No.3 seed Zarina Diyas, Tatjana Maria and Pauline Parmentier.
The tournament will be held at the XS Tennis Village, the center at the heart of the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, the project founded by Sloane Stephens' coach Kamau Murray to give opportunities to Chicago's underprivileged youth. It will be the first professional women's tennis tournament in the city since 1997, when Lindsay Davenport defeated Nathalie Tauziat to win the final edition of the Ameritech Cup.