Wild card for Paula Kania – report from the press conference in Warsaw

22 maja, 2019

We are only two weeks away from the 25th International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup 2019. The organizers announced first details about the event during the press conference at the Olimpic Centre in Warsaw..

The jubilee edition will be exceptional for multiple reasons. Thanks to the highest price pool in the tournament’s history – 60.000$ + Hospitality – the level of competition and experience will surely break records. Champions from the previous years has already announced their will to join us in Toruń, including Czech Barbora Krejcikova. She is the current runner-up at the WAT doubles ranking and just after triumphing in the last year’s Bella Cup tournament, she celebrated winning the title at the Grand Slam courts of Wimbledon.

Renata Sokołowska, tournament’s director, announced that for the very first time all contenders will be able to use physiotherapist’s assistance at the hotel and this year balls used during the event will have a special logo. One thing remains unchanged – Toruńskie Zakłady Materiałów Opatrunkowych Spółka Akcyjna will be the main sponsor of the tournament, as it has been since the very beginning in 1995.

It is not a coincidence, that for the titular sponsor of the tournament, from many TZMO’s brands, we have chosen Bella. Every single woman in Poland knows it, but not many are aware, that the TZMO is providing their products on a global scale. The decision regarding raising the price pool was caused by few factors: to celebrate the jubilee and make the tournament even more inviting, but also to help the girls and support their careers. This is our main goal. – said TZMO SA Board Member Agnieszka Górna.

Talented tennis players of the young generation want to use that chance. Among the applicants, we can find Clara Tauson from Denmark, who triumphed in the Australian Open Junior Championship 2019.

Last Polish player, who reached the Bella Cup champion title was Paula Kania in 2013. Three years later she represented Poland at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and lately she struggled with an injury. It is not confirmed, that we will see her again on the courts, as she received the wild card from the tournament’s organizers.

After thirteen months away from the courts I am back, healthy, ready and even more eager to succeed than ever. I hope, that in Toruń I will once again start my journey up the WTA ranking, especially that this year’s tournament offers very high price pool and more importantly ranking points. I am extremely thankful to the organizers for their trust.– said Paula Kania at the press conference.

Almost all Polish players, who made a name for themselves on wold’s tennis courts, have been a part of the Bella Cup tournament in the past, including: Agnieszka Radwańska, Marta Domachowska, Katarzyna Piter, Magda Linette, Magdalena Fręch, Katarzyna Kawa and Maja Chwalińska.

Kawa and Chwalińska, last year’s doubles’ winners, have already applied to join the tournament this year. So did Lucie Hradecka – runner up at the Olympic doubles tournament in London, Fed Cup winner, who triumphed in French Open 2011 and US Open 2013, and former 12th world ranking’s racket, Wimbledon’s 2013 finalist – Sabine Lisicki.