Murray, Dimitrov, WTA 5 of Top 10 Headline ATP/WTA Brisbane; Preview
by Staff | December 29th, 2017, 10:44 pm
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Bribane is the hot spot during week one of 2018 with some of the top players from both the ATP and WTA in attendance.

Grigor Dimitrov, coming off a career year, defends the men’s title while Karolina Pliskova will be tested to defend her 2017 title among five of the Top 10 WTA-ranked players.

Here’s a look at the fields:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Surface: hard

Women’s Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, Kristina Mladenovic, Anastasija Sevastova, Ashleigh Barty

Women’s Floaters: Carina Witthoeft, Sam Stosur, Alize Cornet, Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys

Women’s Notes: Muguruza leads five of the Top 10 players on the WTA rankings, in addition to former Slam winners Kvitova and Stosur…Muguruza and Pliskova receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for (1) Muguruza after a bye vs. 2017 breakout player Witthoeft, (7) Sevastova vs. Stosur, (4) Garcia vs. the upset specialist Cornet, (6) Mladenovic vs. the Kvitova/Anett Kontaveit winner, and (5) Konta vs. Keys…Wildcards went to Australia’s Destanee Aiava and Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic…Pulling out of the field were Magdalena Rybarikova, Sloane Stephens and Elena Vesnina…Pliskova beat Cornet in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Pliskova (2017) and Kvitova (2011).

Men’s Seeds: Grigor Dimitrov, Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic, Gilles Muller, Diego Schwartzman, Damir Dzumhur, Mischa Zverev

Men’s Floaters: Hyeon Chung, Denis Shapovalov, Kyle Edmund, Alexandr Dolgopolov

Men’s Notes: Dimitrov starts his campaign to prove he’s a legit Top 5 player when everyone isn’t injured…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for (5) Muller vs. Chung, then the Shapovalov-Edmund winner, and (6) Schwartzman vs. The Dog…Wildcards were awarded to Aussies Alex De Minaur, John Millman and Jordan Thompson…(1) Dimitrov starts against the (WC) Millman/qualifier winner, and (2) Murray against the Ryan Harrison/Leo Mayer winner…Murray tests his return from a hip injury…Withdrawing from the event were Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori…Dimitrov outlasted Nishikori in the 2017 final in three sets…Returning champions this year are Dimitrov (2017), Raonic (2016), and Murray (2013-12).

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