By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Garbiñe Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Garcia
- 2017 Champion: Karolina Pliskova
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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – With the World No. 1 at play already this year, there is a lot to watch as Karolina Pliskova returns to defend her title and Garbiñe Muguruza chases the World No. 1 ranking again
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Draw & Results
| 2018 Singles Champion
E Svitolina  def. A Sasnovich [Q] 62 61
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 Garbiñe Muguruza
It is all to play for in Brisbane with World No. 1 Simona Halep starting her season in Shenzhen and the chase is on for this pair at the start of the year for the top spot. Muguruza will need to reach the final to be in with a chance, and if she wins, Halep has to win in Shenzhen to hold on to it.
If Muguruza finishes as the runner-up, Halep must at least make the semi-finals to hold on the top spot.
She had her best run in Queensland a couple of years ago, teaching the semi-finals, and ought to have a deep run. She is slated to face Anastasia Sevastova in the quarter-finals.
Another former World No. 1 last year, Pliskova returns to defend her title, finishing her season as a WTA Finals semi-finalist. Her draw looks quite favourable, but could well face the strength of an Aussie favourite Ashleigh Barty who enjoyed an outstanding year last year.
Her title put her in a decent position going into the Australian Open where she built on the momentum she had last year reaching her first Slam final in New York. She was perhaps unlucky to come up against an inspired Mirjana Lucic Baroni in the quarter-finals, but a lot will be expected of the Czech.
 Elina Svitolina
It was a pretty subdued end of the year for Svitolina, as she struggled to make any kind of impact at the WTA Finals and cut a pretty dejected figure. It is a potentially quite challenging quarter for her – she starts against Carla Suárez Navarro as only the top two seeds benefit from a bye.
 Caroline Garcia
Perhaps the most endearing of the WTA Finalists last season, Garcia slid into the final spot, and made it to the semi-finals having had an outstanding run through the tournament. She could well be locked in a quarter-final battle with compatriot and former doubles partner Kristina Mladenovic.
With the momentum having firmly been with Garcia towards the end of the season, it will be interesting to see if she can start the year just as positively, although with Petra Kvitova lurking in Mladenovic’s section, it could be the popular Czech battling for a deep run.
The Brisbane International takes place between 1-7 January.
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