The Western and Southern Open announced plans for expansion along with its 2017 entry list on Thursday - check out the full slate of players set to compete in the US Open tuneup below!
WTA Staff

CINCINNATI, OH, USA - The Western & Southern Open announced plans to build a new $25 million five-story building, dubbed the “South Building,” to be completed by the start of next year's tournament, along with the 2017 player list on Thursday.

In total, 39 of the 43 highest-ranked players on the WTA Tour are entered in the US Open Series event, slated for Aug. 12-20, and nine of the world's current top 10.

Defending champion Karolina Pliskova, who will rise to the WTA No. 1 ranking on Monday, headlines the WTA entry list that includes three players who have been ranked No. 1: Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams. Kerber and Williams are two of seven Grand Slam winners in the women’s field.

The official draw for the tournament will occur at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on Aug. 11, prior to the first qualifying rounds set to take place the following day.

At the conclusion of this year's tournament, construction will begin on the new 40,000 square foot, 104-foot-tall structure between Center and Grandstand Courts, with different levels offering views of one or both of those match courts. A split-level second floor will be home to a restaurant and bar, which will open into air-conditioned box seats to revolutionize the fan experience.

These 252 stadium seats sit behind glass and have access to the adjoining restaurant and bar. The third floor, above the restaurant, will hold 396 new outdoor box seats with concessions, a bar, gathering areas and restrooms, while the fourth floor includes six all-inclusive suites with 126 total seats. The fifth floor of the complex will be home to the broadcast center.

The project was designed by the architecture firm Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf (BDMD), based in Indianapolis.

"The building is chock-full of amenities. Every square foot was designed with the intention of bringing the things that fans need -- restrooms, bars, concessions and air conditioning -- to these new areas. We’re especially excited about the climate-controlled box seats, truly an innovation in the sport of professional tennis," said BDMD architect Greg Jacoby.

WTA entry list – rankings as of July 4, 2017

Player Name Nation Rank

Angelique Kerber GER 1

Simona Halep ROU 2

Karolina Pliskova CZE 3

Elina Svitolina UKR 5

Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6

Johanna Konta GBR 7

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 8

Dominika Cibulkova SVK 9

Agnieszka Radwanska POL 10

Venus Williams USA 11

Petra Kvitova CZE 12

Jelena Ostapenko LAT 13

Kristina Mladenovic FRA 14

Garbiñe Muguruza ESP 15

Elena Vesnina RUS 16

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 17

Madison Keys USA 18

Anastasija Sevastova LAT 19

Daria Gavrilova AUS 21

Caroline Garcia FRA 22

Barbora Strycova CZE 23

Kiki Bertens NED 24

Coco Vandeweghe USA 25

Lauren Davis USA 26

Carla Suárez Navarro ESP 27

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 28

Ana Konjuh CRO 29

Daria Kasatkina RUS 30

Roberta Vinci ITA 33

Lucie Safarova CZE 34

Lesia Tsurenko UKR 35

Samantha Stosur AUS 36

Shuai Peng CHN 37

Anett Kontaveit EST 38

Katerina Siniakova CZE 39

Catherine Bellis USA 40

Alize Cornet FRA 41

Timea Babos HUN 42

Yulia Putintseva KAZ 43

In 2016, Pliskova won her maiden WTA Premier tournament at the Western & Southern Open, defeating Kerber in straight sets in the final, 6-3, 6-1.