By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges, Hsieh Su-Wei, Petra Martic
  • Defending Champion: Julia Goerges
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Top seed Caroline Wozniacki starts her season once more in Auckland, while defending champion Julia Goerges will hope for more of the same fortune this year.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA International
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $250,000
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Top seeds [1] Carolina Wozniacki

[2] Julia Goerges

[3] Hsieh Su-Wei

[4] Petra Martic

[5] Barbora Strycova

[6] Venus Williams

[7] Kirsten Flipkens

[8] Alison Van Uytvanck

Top Half [1] Caroline Wozniacki

[6] Venus Williams

[3] Hsieh Su-Wei

[7] Kirsten Flipkens

Bottom Half [5] Barbora Strycova

[4] Petra Martic

[8] Alison Van Uytvanck

[2] Julia Goerges

 

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Caroline Wozniacki

After dropping the bombshell at the WTA Finals that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, Wozniacki is back on the tour, having made the final here last year. Wozniacki’s biggest challenge could come against Venus Williams in the quarter-final – the American got one over little sister Serena in Mubadala and is still going strong. Should she get to the finals, it would be a rematch of last year’s final against Julia Goerges – who is currently on a three-match winning streak over the Dane.

Wozniacki’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Laura Siegemund [LL]
  • R2: Timea Babos
  • QF: Venus Williams [6]
  • SF: Hsieh Su-Wei [3]
  • F: Julia Goerges [2]

 

[2] Julia Goerges

Julia Goerges in the first round of Wimbledon2018

Julia Goerges in the first round of Wimbledon 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Defending champion Goerges could well have another chance to put one over the former World No. 1 and reining Australian Open champion Wozniacki. She will have battle against a losing H2H against opening opponent Johanna Larsson first. Outside of that she too looks good to start the year with a deep run.

Goerges’ Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Johanna Larsson
  • R2: Mona Barthel
  • QF: Alison Van Uytvanck [8]
  • SF: Petra Martic [4]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [1]

 

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[3] Hsieh Su-Wei

Su-Wei Hsieh – 2017 Roland Garros (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

The charismatic Hsieh returned to Auckland last year after three qualification exits several years past – and wound up reaching the semi-final, so it is no surprise she chose to come back. A possible second round clash with Monica Puig will mean getting a first win over the Puerto Rican, but she would have to reverse a 0-4 deficit against Wozniacki and is likely to be halted in the semi-finals once again if she gets that far.

Hsieh’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Polona Hercog
  • R2: Monica Puig
  • QF: Kirsten Flipkens [7]
  • SF: Caroline Wozniacki [1]
  • F: Julia Goerges [2]

 

[4] Petra Martic

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Martic has never really had a good start to the year when she has played here, falling in qualification four times in row and only getting to the second round last year. If she can reach the quarter-finals she might fancy her chances against No. 5 seed Barbora Strycova as she has won their past three encounters but the top two seeds who she might face just have way too much firepower for her.

Martic’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Sofia Kenin
  • R2: Viktoria Kuzmova
  • QF: Barbora Strycova [5]
  • SF: Julia Goerges [2]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [1]

 

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