By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Elina Svitolina, Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova
  • Defending Champion: Elina Svitolina
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  • British Interest: Johanna Konta, Heather Watson [Q], Harriet Dart [Q]
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Having book-ended her season with trophy-ware, Elina Svitolina has a lot to prove as she heads up a high class Brisbane field.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA Premier
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $1000,000
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Top seeds [1] Elina Svitolina

[2] Naomi Osaka

[3] Sloane Stephens

[4] Petra Kvitova

[5] Karolina Pliskova

[6] Kiki Bertens

[7] Daria Kasatkina

[8] Anastasija Sevastova

Top Half [1] Elina Svitolina

[6] Kiki Bertens

[3] Sloane Stephens

[5] Karolina Pliskova

Bottom Half [7] Daria Kasatkina

[4] Petra Kvitova

8] Anastasija Sevastova

[2] Naomi Osaka

 

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Elina Svitolina

This year will be a time of reckoning for the steady Ukrainian as Svitolina looks to not only defend her title but capitalise on the momentum of last year where she proved the ‘haters’ wrong and scooped the season-ending title.

First up is a rematch of last year’s Brisbane final in the second round, and from there on it is rematch city for Svitolina, facing Kiki Bertens once more for the first time since the Singapore semi-finals, before a potential rematch of the Singapore final against Sloane Stephens.

While she has not faced Naomi Osaka since Miami, a lot has happened in the young Japanese player’s career too so if it came to pass, it would make an intriguing final.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Aliaksandra Sasnovich
  • QF: Kiki Bertens [6]
  • SF: Sloane Stephens [3]
  • F: Naomi Osaka [2]

 

[2] Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka in the first round-robin match at the WTA Finals 2018, Singapore

Naomi Osaka in the first round-robin match at the WTA Finals 2018, Singapore | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

It is safe to say 2018 was not only a great year for the young, quirky Osaka, but a steep learning curve. From winning her biggest title to date in her career in Indian Wells to THAT US Open final and all that came with it, All eyes will now be on Osaka to see how she starts the new season.

2018 ended up tailing away from her a little, as she struggled in Singapore, retiring in the last match and not getting out of the group stages. But so far in pre-tournament activities she looks relaxed and having fun.

Anastasija Sevastova might cause her some issues at the quarter-final stage, having beaten her twice in 2018, and if she gets through that she has a first time meeting with Petra Kvitova to potentially look forward to. Svitolina leads their head to head, having won their last two encounters in 2018.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Kristina Mladenovic
  • QF: Anastasija Sevastova [8]
  • SF: Petra Kvitova [4]
  • F: Elina Svitolina [1]

 

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[3] Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens in the first round-robin match at the WTA Finals 2018, Singapore

Sloane Stephens in the first round-robin match at the WTA Finals 2018, Singapore | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Stephens very nearly became a two-time Slam champion and came up against an inspired Svitolina at the season-ending finals, and emerges as a decent chance for silverware to start the year in Brisbane. She will start against Johanna Konta – a horrible draw for the Brit.

It will be a WTA Finals semi-final rematch is she faces No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova, and the final rematch should she face Svitolina in the semi-final – if she can get past all of that she ought to fancy her chances of taking the silverware.

Stephens’ Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Johanna Konta
  • R2: Katerina Siniakova
  • QF: Karolina Pliskova [5]
  • SF: Elina Svitolina [1]
  • F: Naomi Osaka

 

[4] Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova in the first round robin match of the WTA Finals 2018, Singapore

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in acton during her first match at the 2018 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Firm fan favourite Kvitova returns to Brisbane after a few years’ absence, after her end of season ended in the group stages of the WTA Finals, but a year that saw her go on a long winning spree on the clay, and re-establish herself in the Top 10.

While a packed field like this has no easy matches, this is a surprisingly favourable draw for the popular Czech – she could be a good bet to upset the odds and start the season with a win.

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

  • R1: Danielle Collins
  • R2: Anett Kontaveit
  • QF: Daria Kasatkina [7]
  • SF: Naomi Osaka [2]
  • F: Elina Svitolina [1]

 

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