By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska
- 2016 Champion: Sara Errani
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DUBAI, UAE – The brief Middle-Eastern swing comes to a close with Angelique taking top honour once more as she bids to regain the World No. 1 spot
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|WTA Dubai $2,365,250||SF||24 Feb|
|E Svitolina  (UKR)||63 76(3)||A Kerber  (GER)|
|C Wozniacki  (DEN)||63 64||A Sevastova (LAT)|
|WTA Dubai||QF||23 Feb|
|E Svitolina  (UKR)||60 64||L Davis (USA)|
|C Wozniacki  (DEN)||63 62||C Bellis (USA)|
|A Kerber  (GER)||60 64||A Konjuh (CRO)|
|A Sevastova (LAT)||64 75||Wang Q (CHN)|
|WTA Dubai||R3||22 Feb|
|L Davis (USA)||46 61 63||E Makarova (RUS)|
|A Konjuh (CRO)||36 64 76(4)||E Vesnina  (RUS)|
|Wang Q (CHN)||61 64||K Mladenovic (FRA)|
|A Sevastova (LAT)||64 63||Peng S [WC] (CHN)|
|E Svitolina  (UKR)||46 64 63||C McHale (USA)|
|A Kerber  (GER)||62 63||M Puig (PUR)|
|C Bellis (USA)||64 26 62||A Radwanska  (POL)|
|C Wozniacki  (DEN)||36 62 63||K Bondarenko (UKR)|
|WTA Dubai||R2||21 Feb|
|L Davis (USA)||16 61 63||Kr Plisova (CZE)|
|C McHale (USA)||63 64||N Osaka (JPN)|
|C Wozniacki  (DEN)||64 62||V Golubic (SUI)|
|K Bondarenko (UKR)||41 RET||G Muguruza  (ESP)|
|A Sevastova (LAT)||64 67(3) 62||A Riske (USA)|
|K Mladenovic (FRA)||62 64||Ka Pliskova  (CZE)|
|Peng S [WC] (CHN)||63 62||B Strycova  (CZE)|
|A Kerber  (GER)||64 63||M Barthel [WC] (GER)|
|E Makarova (RUS)||62 46 62||D Cibulkova  (SVK)|
|C Bellis (USA)||75 76(3)||L Siegemund (GER)|
|E Vesnina  (RUS)||62 75||M Doi (JPN)|
|M Puig (PUR)||61 46 62||C Garcia  (FRA)|
|Wang Q (CHN)||63 61||O Jabeur [Q] (TUN)|
|A Konjuh (CRO)||64 63||S Stosur  (AUS)|
|A Radwanska  (POL)||63 62||E Mertens [Q] (BEL)|
|E Svitolina  (UKR)||75 61||Zheng S [Q] (CHN)|
|WTA Dubai||R1||20 Feb|
|E Mertens [Q] (BEL)||63 62||T Pironkova (BUL)|
|Peng S [WC] (CHN)||61 61||L Tsurenko (UKR)|
|A Riske (USA)||64 64||C Vandeweghe  (USA)|
|C Wozniacki  (DEN)||62 75||D Kasatkina (RUS)|
|C Bellis (USA)||61 75||Y Putintseva  (KAZ)|
|C McHale (USA)||67(5) 63 64||K Bertens  (NED)|
|K Bondarenko (UKR)||46 64 63||A Sabalenka [Q] (BLR)|
|K Mladenovic (FRA)||63 63||K Siniakova (CZE)|
|L Davis (USA)||26 62 61||M Minella [LL] (LUX)|
|A Konjuh (CRO)||60 61||Zhang S (CHN)|
|M Doi (JPN)||62 67(7) 63||M Brengle (USA)|
|M Puig (PUR)||62 67(7) 63||Y Shvedova (KAZ)|
|WTA Dubai||R1||19 Feb|
|A Sevastova (LAT)||61 75||I-C Begu (ROU)|
|V Golubic (SUI)||67(4) 62 63||C Buyukakcay [WC] (TUR)|
|L Siegemund (GER)||67(4) 64 76(3)||S Soler-Espinosa [Q] (ESP)|
|Zheng S [Q] (CHN)||64 36 63||L Arruabarrena (ESP)|
|N Osaka (JPN)||62 64||Chang K-C [Q] (TPE)|
|Kr Plisova (CZE)||36 75 63||R Vinci  (ITA)|
|O Jabeur [Q] (TUN)||76(6) 26 64||A Pavlyuchenkova  (RUS)|
|Wang Q (CHN)||76(1) 62||J Ostapenko (LAT)|
|E Makarova (RUS)||63 61||Zhu L (CHN)|
|S Stosur  (AUS)||63 63||Zhang K-L [Q] (CHN)|
|M Barthel [WC] (GER)||61 63||J Jankovic (SRB)|
|C Garcia  (FRA)||63 63||J Larsson (SWE)|
It has been a strange start to the year for Kerber – her points from the Brisbane final and Australian Open title last year have left her now adrift of Serena Williams, but hope is not lost as she is still within reach of reclaiming the No. 1 spot if she can snare the title this week.
With an opening loss last week in Doha, the German is still looking to regain the firm that took her to two Grand Slam titles and a Wimbledon final last year. Benefiting from a bye into the second round she potentially has Jelena Jankovic in the second round – she leads the Serbian 4-2 in their head to head but the last honours went to Jankovic in the 2015 Hong Kong final. Caroline Garcia could await in the third round (Kerber leads 3-1) and she has a similar lead over possible quarter-finalist Elena Vesnina, although the last time they faced each other was 2013.
Dubai has not been a happy hunting ground for the World No. 2 though – with a 1-4 record in the main draw.
The Czech comes into Dubai as the in-form player of the moment, picking up an eighth career title and her second in 2017 with a win over Caroline Wozniacki in the Doha final. She had never found a way past the Dane in their three previous meanings but the momentum of her great start to the year carried her forward.
If she did not show any signs of weariness after the rain in Doha saw the schedule stacked with her playing twice to reach the final, she comes in with the hot hand of the moment. She could meet compatriot Katerina Siniakova in the second round and looks set for a clash with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round with the prospect of another all-Czech clash with Barbora Strycova in the quarter-finals.
She would be a solid pick for another deep run here.
Cibulkova was another casualty on the Pliskova train as she scored her first win over the diminutive Slovak in Doha. Apart from 2009 where she reached the third round, this tournament has been a bit of a bug-bear for her with three straight opening round losses (2011-2013).
She will most likely start against Ekaterina Makarova who might trail Cibulkova 1-3 but won their most recent encounter this year at the Australian Open, and she looks likely to be on course for a quarter-final clash with Elina Svitolina, who has the win from their only meeting so far.
After what looked like a promising start in the Australian Open warm-ups with a quarter-final in Shenzhen and the Sydney final, things have been less than rosy for Radwanska. She ran into the Mirjana Lucic-Baroni rollercoaster in the second round in Melbourne, and lost to eventual Doha finalist Wozniacki.
The 2012 champion last had a spirited run here in 2013 and looks to find some form ahead of the US spring hard-court swing. She has a solid win-loss record (12-3) over likely opener Tsvetana Pironkova and a potential third round clash with Yulia Putintseva.
Things could look a little tighter though if she winds up facing Garbiñe Muguruza in the quarter-finals but it could be a few much-needed back to back wins to give her some confidence ahead of Indian Wells.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships take place between 15-20 February – (GMT +4 hours).