WTA Sydney Apia International 2017 | Latest Tennis Schedules & Draws
By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominika Cibulkova, Svetlana Kuznetsova
- Defending champion: Svetlana Kuznetsova
- British Interest: Johanna Konta , Naomi Broady edged out in the final round of qualification
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – The top three seeds arrive desperate for a little more match-practice after their exits in the first week.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
 Angelique Kerber
All eyes were understandably on Angelique Kerber as she started her season in Brisbane, where she reached the final last year. It was a tough season opener for the German, with a three set battle against local favourite Ashleigh Barty and then out in the next round at the hands of Elina Svitolina. She could be set to meet British No. 1 Johanna Konta, who actually had a solid week in Shenzhen compared to her previous outings.
She reached the final here in 2014 but pulled out after just one round last year. So with barely any points to defend and a chance to stretch her lead at the top of the rankings, she will be hoping to find her rhythm this week.
 Agnieszka Radwanska
The Shenzhen champion Agnieszka Radwanska also probably exited stage left a lot earlier than she thought, having started a little rusty against home wildcard Duan Ying Ying before easing past Sorana Cirstea in the second round. But eventual finalist Alison Riske outplayed the Pole in the quarter-final, denying her even a game in the deciding set.
The 2013 champion – with the field becoming devastated with the withdrawals of Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova – has a section of the draw filled with qualifiers and lucky losers and should at least book her spot with a win into the quarter-finals.
 Dominika Cibulkova
Another one who looked rusty at the start, Dominika Cibulkova had to come from a set down in her opener in Brisbane before being bounced out of the tournament in the quarter-finals by eventual finalist Alizé Cornet. She too would have hoped to keep the momentum from her win at the WTA Finals going.
She was beaten in the final in 2013 by Radwanska and has had some good success here, so should feel confident of at least making the quarter-final.
 Svetlana Kuznetsova
With fourth seed Karolina Pliskova withdrawing after scooping the Brisbane title, the defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova will look to try and carry on the momentum she had at the end of last year, sliding into the final spot at the WTA Finals and making it all the way to the semi-finals, and starting the year with a run to the Brisbane quarter-final.
The Sydney Apia International takes place between 8-14 January.
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