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HOBART, TASMANIA – This tournament has a habit of attracting their former champions, with two-time champion Elise Mertens and defending champion Sofia Kenin in the mix.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA Premier
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $251,750
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Top seeds [1] Elise Mertens

[2/WC] Garbiñe Muguruza

[3] Elena Rybakina

[4] Zhang Shuai

[5] Veronika Kudermetova

[6] Magda Linette

[7] Rebecca Peterson

[8] Caroline Garcia

Top Half [1] Elise Mertens

[7] Rebecca Peterson

[3] Elena Rybakina

[8] Caroline Garcia

Bottom Half [6] Magda Linette

[4] Zhang Shuai

[5] Veronika Kudermetova

[2/WC] Garbiñe Muguruza

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Elise Mertens

A two-time champion in Hobart, Mertens will look to build on her run to the Shenzhen quarter-final to start her 2020 season. It could be tricky though with a losing head to head to start things off, but on paper she should go deep and she has won it the past two times she has entered the tournament.

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

  • R1: [Q] Christina Mchale | Mchale leads H2H 1-0
  • R2: Viktoria Kuzmova | Mertens leads H2H 1-0
  • QF: [7] Rebecca Peterson | Mertens leads H2H 1-0
  • SF: [3] Elena Rybakina | First meeting
  • F: [2/WC] Garbiñe Muguruza | Muguruza leads H2H 1-0

 

[2] Garbiñe Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France

Garbine Muguruza in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Teaming up once more with Conchita Martinez, Muguruza started the season strongly with a run to the Shenzhen semi-final and the former champion looks to have a strong chance of a deep run here once more.

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

  • R1: Wang Yafan | First meeting
  • R2: Anna Blinkova | First meeting
  • QF: [5] Veronika Kudermetova | First meeting
  • SF: [4] Zhang Shuai | Muguruza leads H2H 3-1
  • F: [1] Elise Mertens | Muguruza leads H2H 1-0

 

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[3] Elena Rybakina

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Rybakina comes into Hobart off the strength of the Shenzhen final, and certainly looks in solid form at the moment. She has a decent draw for another good run of matches ahead of the Australian Open

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

  • R1: Tamara Zinsek | First meeting
  • R2: Alison Van Uytvanck | H2H tied at 2-2
  • QF: [8] Caroline Garcia | Rybakina leads H2H 1-0
  • SF: [1] Elise Mertens | First meeting
  • F: [2] Garbiñe Muguruza | First meeting

 

[4] Zhang Shuai

Zhang Shuai at the Shenzhen Open, WTA Shenzhen 2018

Photo by Imaginechina/REX/Shutterstock | Zhang Shuai at the Shenzhen Open, WTA Shenzhen 2018

Zhang returns to Hobart for her fourth attempt but has never made it past the second round. She has a decent enough draw and picked up a couple of matches in Shenzhen, so could do with the additional warm-up.

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

  • R1: Kirsten Flipkens | First meeting
  • R2: Kateryna Kozlova | H2H tied at 2-2
  • QF: [6] Magda Linette | Zhang leads H2H at 4-0
  • SF: [2] Garbiñe Muguruza | Muguruza leads H2H 3-1
  • F: [1] Elise Mertens | H2H tied at 1-1

 

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The Hobart International takes place between 7-13 January (GMT +11 hours)


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