Reigning Grand Slam champions carry successful streaks into Dubai.
The draw for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was performed right now. The event begins tomorrow.
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See the Dubai draw right here.
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, who defeated Jessica Pegula in right now’s Doha remaining to efficiently defend her Qatar Open crown, heads the sector.
Reigning US Open and Roland Garros Champion Swiatek has a first-round bye and can play both German Julia Grabher or 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez in her opener.
With 64 gamers within the draw, together with 17 of the world’s Top-20 ranked gamers, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships discipline consists of 5 Grand Slam winners boasting a collective 10 Grand Slam titles between them.
The draw’s prime eight seeds, who all function on this planet’s Top-10 ranked gamers, have obtained first spherical byes.
To attain the February twenty fifth remaining, Swiatek should navigate a troublesome prime half of the draw that that includes France’s Caroline Garcia (seeded 4); the USA’s Coco Gauff (5); Greece’s Maria Sakkari (6); reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina (9) – who misplaced the Dubai remaining in 2020; 2022 Dubai finalist Veronika Kudermetova (10); Liudmila Samsonova (14); and two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka (15).
Empowered by successful her maiden main title in January’s Australian Open, No. 2 seeded Aryna Sabalenka will face both Jil Teichmann or Anastasia Potapova in her opener.
Sabalenka anchors the underside half of the draw that features the Jessica Pegula (3); 2018 Dubai finalist Daria Kasatkina (7); Olympic gold-medal champion and 2019 Dubai champ Belinda Bencic (8); Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia (11); two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (12) of the Czech Republic – who final triumphed in Dubai a decade in the past; the event’s defending champion and 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko (13) of Latvia; and Ekaterina Alexandrova (16).
“This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the WTA tournament and it is remarkable how the tournament has grown alongside the men’s ATP event, which marks its 31 st anniversary next week,” mentioned Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Dubai Duty Free. “Over the years, the WTA tournament has grown significantly and continues to attract a stellar line- up – as evidenced the field and today’s draw, this year is no exception.”
Elsewhere within the draw, World No.39 Leylah Fernandez, a possible crowd favourite in Dubai courtesy of the Canadian’s Filipino heritage, will play a qualifier within the first spherical earlier than a possible showdown with World No.1 Swiatek within the second.
Finally, six gamers have obtained wildcards to enter the primary draw, together with Turkey’s Ipek Oz, revealed Salah Tahlak, Joint COO and Tournament Director of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.
In addition to McLoughlin and Tahlak, the Official Draw occasion was additionally attended by Ramesh Cidambi, Joint COO and Head of Tournament Organising Committee, in addition to main gamers Sania Mirza, the 2013 ladies’s doubles event champion, and former World No.2 Paula Badosa, who returns to event play within the emirate this week following a long-running thigh damage.
“I’m really excited to be back playing a WTA 1000 event in Dubai. I’m a resident here, so it’s like playing at home. It’s been a tough start to the year, and I’m excited to start my year here,” mentioned Badosa, who revealed her pleasure at that includes within the hit Netflix present Break Point. “It was fun and a very different experience, but it gives the fans a chance to get to know us a little bit better.”
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