Svitolina, 6 of Top 10, Loaded Floaters Field at WTA Dubai
by Staff | February 18th, 2018, 12:03 am
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More than half of the Top 10 turn out this next week for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a field also loaded with floaters, including an unseeded former world No. 2 and an unseeded two-time Wimbledon champion.


DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
DUBAI, UAE; Surface: hard

Seeds: Elina Svitolina, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia, Angelique Kerber, Johanna Konta, Kristina Mladenovic

Floaters: Petra Kvitova, Anett Kontaveit, (WC) Naomi Osaka, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Daria Kasatkina, Aggie Radwanska, Lucie Safarova, (WC) CiCi Bellis, Elise Mertens

Notes:

Six of the Top 10 turn out for a stellar field in Dubai…

The field loaded with floaters includes tough starts for (8) Mladenovic vs. (WC) Osaka, then the winner of Kvitova-Kontaveit; (7) Konta vs. the veteran Pavlyuchenkova then the winner of Radwanska-Kasatkina; (5) Garcia vs. Safarova; and (2) Muguruza vs. the Mertens-(WC) Bellis winner…

Wildcards went to Bellis, Konta, Osaka and Ostapenko…

Withdrawing from the field were Ashleigh Barty, Julia Goerges, Madison Keys, and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni…

Svitolina is the defending champ, defeating Caroline Wozniacki in last year’s final 6-4, 6-2…

Former champions in the field are Svitolina (2017), Kvitova (2013), and Radwanska (2012).


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