Time has run out for the WTA Grampian Trophy with the Australian Open run-up event set to be finished without a final.

The five-day tournament which was to have concluded on Saturday  was limited to players unfortunate enough to have been caught up in the “hard” pre-AO lockdown scenario – the result of arriving on a charter flight which featured a positive COVID test aboard.

The outcasts were not allowed out of their hotel rooms for the 15-day duration, while the rest of the tennis universe was able to practice, rehab and eat for five hours out of 24.

But the good-intentioned “mercy event” hit the scheduling buffers when all play at Melbourne Park was wiped out last Thursday, due to one positive virus test in a player hotel.

The Friday resumption would not have allowed enough time to complete the event without forcing semi-final winner to then play the final the same day, Sunday

With the Open beginning on Monday, that was an obvious non-starter.

The WTA ruling means that two player will share the winner’s money

The pair of semi-finals will be staged on Sunday just to keep up appearances before the Open..

The matches feature Maria Sakkari against Anett Kontaveit and Jennifer Brady facing Ann Li.


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