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- Top Seeds: Garbiñe Muguruza, Venus Williams, Jelena Ostapenko, Johanna Konta
- Defending champion: Johanna Konta
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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – In the final warm up event before the Australian Open sees Johanna Konta try and overcome a hip injury to defend her title.
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Draw & Results
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 Garbiñe Muguruza
It was not the best of starts for the two-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 as she looked to consolidate on last year’s achievements. She collapsed with cramp in Brisbane and by all accounts ought to be expecting more of the same in terms of the weather in Sydney and Melbourne.
She has played in Sydney before, reaching the quarter-final on her debut in 2015, and providing she can deal with the conditions in her opener, as she gets a bye into the second round, she could face Aussie home favourites in the quarter-finals – possibly Daria Gavrilova or Sam Stosur.
 Venus Williams
With sister Serena Williams opting to skip the Australian Open, family honour rests with Williams the elder as she returns to Sydney. She reached the final on her debut in 1998, and made it to the quarter-finals the year after.
She could have a tough opener – Angelique Kerber was in great form at the Hopman Cup, and assuming she comes through her opener with Lucie Safarova, may be a tougher first match than Williams would want to open the season.
 Jelena Ostapenko
Despite starting the season with a win over a returning Serena Williams in an exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, when it comes to the tour, Ostapenko has not had the best start to the year, bowing out in her opener in Shenzhen and has a tough start with a rejuvenated Ekaterina Makarova.
 Johanna Konta
The defending champion’s lot is not an easy one. Her initially positive start in Brisbane was curtailed by what seems to be the scourge of British tennis players – a right hip injury. It was not clear (rather more, hoped) that her decision to retire from her quarter-final in Brisbane was precautionary.
Unfortunately things do not get any better as she draws Agnieszka Radwanska in the first round, who she beat in the final last year. Radwanska’s year saw her form dip quite remarkably but she is a tricky opener for Konta.
The Sydney International takes place between 8-13 January.
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