On July 21 the official draw ceremony of WTA Baltic Open 2019 took place in the National tennis center "Lielupe" in the VIP restaurant area. Journalists and the guest of the tournament who came to see the qualification matches could watch the ceremony and even took part in it.
Alexander Ostrovsky, the director of the tournament welcomed the guests and congratulated everyone with the start of WTA Baltic Open. «I think it was a great idea to move tournament to picturesque Jurmala. Hope that both either tennis players or the crowd will enjoy this tennis week». Then Juris Savickis, the president of the Latvian Tennis Union, took a word: "Recently there was a reconstruction of the tennis center. I'd like to thank Alexander [Ostrovsky] and his team for creating everything we can see now just in two weeks. We are very happy such event takes place in Jurmala".
Jelena Ostapenko who was taking part in the draw ceremony from the players' side also shared her impressions: «It's a really great joy for me to play here at home in Jurmala. I'll try to have the best emotions from the game, and that's what I wish for you, too».
The top seed of WTA Baltic Open Anastasija Sevastova will take on the Russian Varvara Flink in R1. The former world #4 from France Caroline Garcia will face Kristyna Pliskova from the Czech Republic. Jelena Ostapenko will vie for the spot in the next round with Bernarda Pera from the USA. "The first matches are never easy. All the players are strong. But what I can do is to get ready for the match and try to show my best", - commented Jelena when the draw was revealed.
The Russain Margarita Gasparyan will play her first match on the tournament against Irina Bara from Romania. There also will be a derby between two wild cards owners Kamilla Rakhimova from Russia and Diana Marcinkevica from Latvia. The last year runner up in singles and the champion in doubles Anastasia Potapova will start her way on the tournament meeting on of the qualifiers in R1. The third seed of the tournament Katerina Siniakova from the Czech Republic will play Anhelina Kalinina from Ukraine. The fourth seed from Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich will also face the qualifier in her first round.