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  • Top Seeds: Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina
  • Defending Champion: Karolina Pliskova
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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty heads up a quality field as the WTA kicks off with their first tournaments of the year.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA Premier
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $1,434,900
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Top seeds [1] Ashleigh Barty

[2] Karolina Pliskova

[3] Naomi Osaka

[4] Elina Svitolina

[5] Petra Kvitova

[6] Kiki Bertens

[7] Johanna Konta

[8] Madison Keys

Top Half [1] Ashleigh Barty

[5] Petra Kvitova

[4] Elina Svitolina

[8] Madison Keys

Bottom Half [6] Kiki Bertens

[3] Naomi Osaka

[7] Johanna Konta

[2] Karolina Pliskova

 

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Ashleigh Barty

The Australian Open series kicks off with a high quality field and led off by the World No. 1 Barty, who will no doubt bring some much needed cheer for the local crowds as the nation continues to battle with ravaging bush fires.

There are a couple of tricky opponents along the way – although she has a losing record against potential quarter-finalist Petra Kvitova, she is catching up having won their last three matches on the bounce. However, she still trails Elina Svitolina by quite some margin, getting her first win against the Ukrainian at the WTA Finals last year.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Maria Sharapova | H2H: Barty leads 2-1
  • QF: Petra Kvitova [5] | H2H: Kvitova leads 4-3
  • SF: Elina Svitolina [4] | H2H: Svitolina leads 5-1
  • F: Karolina Pliskova [2] | H2H: Barty leads 4-2

 

[2] Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova in the first round-robin match at the 2019 WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China

Karolina Pliskova in the first round-robin match at the 2019 WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China | (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Armed with a new coaching set-up, featuring Dani Vallverdu and Olga Savchuk, defending champion Pliskova continues her search for that elusive first slam title. She has a decent chance of going far in the tournament once more with a pretty favourable draw, perhaps her toughest obstacle outside of the final would be a semi-final against an evenly matched Naomi Osaka.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Ajla Tomljanovic [WC] | H2H: Pliskova leads 4-1
  • QF: Johanna Konta [7] | H2H: Pliskova leads 6-2
  • SF: Naomi Osaka [3] | H2H tied 2-2
  • F: Ashleigh Barty [1] | H2H: Barty leads 4-2

 

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[3] Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka in her first round-robin match of the WTA Finals 2019 Shenzhen, China

Naomi Osaka in her first round-robin match of the WTA Finals 2019 Shenzhen, China | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Also armed with a new coach in Wim Fisette, Osaka makes her comeback to the tour with potentially a tough draw, if she comes out a little rusty. She just trails behind both Sofia Kenin and Kiki Bertens who seem to be able to undo her game at times, before a more evenly matched potential semi-final and final, on rankings.

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

  • R1: Maria Sakkari | H2H: Osaka leads 2-1
  • R2: Sofia Kenin | H2H: Kenin leads 2-1
  • QF: Kiki Bertens [6] | H2H: Bertens leads 2-1
  • SF: Karolina Pliskova [2] | H2H tied 2-2
  • F: Ashleigh Barty [1] | H2H tied 2-2

 

[4] Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina in the second round-robin match at the 2019 WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China

Elina Svitolina in the second round-robin match at the 2019 WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China | (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

It is a rare thing for Svitolina to close out a year without a title, as happened in 2019 after losing her title defence at the WTA Finals. The trade-off had to be her best Slam runs of her career, so can she too chase that elusive major title?

What should give her confidence, should she face Barty in the semi-final is that she has, in the past, been stronger than the Aussie, and the glue-like tendencies of the Shenzhen court at the end of the year probably worked in Barty’s favour.

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

  • R1: Danielle Collins | First meeting
  • R2: Donna Vekic | H2H: Svitolina leads 4-1
  • QF: Madison Keys [8] | H2H tied at 2-2
  • SF: Ashleigh Barty [1] | H2H: Svitolina leads 5-1
  • F: Karolina Pliskova [2] | H2H: Pliskova leads 5-4

 

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