A stellar women’s field and a less-than-stellar men’s slate greet the famed Sydney tour event this week, here’s a look at the field:
SYDNEY, Australia; Surface: hard
Women’s Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Venus Williams, Jelena Ostapenko, Johanna Konta, Kristina Mladenovic, Sloane Stephens, Julia Goerges, Anastasija Sevastova
Women’s Floaters: Kiki Bertens, Daria Gavrilova, Sam Stosur, Ekaterina Makarova, (Q) Camila Giorgi, Petra Kvitova, Aggie Radwanska, Dominika Cibulkova, Lucie Safarova, Angie Kerber
Women’s Notes: Four of the Top 10 seeds and a field LOADED with floaters…The Top 2 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting openers for (1) Muguruza vs. the veteran Bertens, (7) Goerges vs. Stosur (winner to meet Gavrilova), (3) Ostapenko vs. Makarova, (6) Stephens vs. (Q) Giorgi (winner to meet Kvitova), (4) Konta vs. Radwanska, (8) Sevastova vs. Cibulkova, and (2) Williams vs. the Safarova/Kerber winner…Kerber unseeded a little over a year after finishing year-end No. 1…Wildcards were awarded to Muguruza and Aussies Ellen Perez, Olivia Rogowska and Stosur…Withdrawing from the field were Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Peng Shuai…Konta beat Radwanska (unseeded this year) in the 2017 final…Former champions in the field are Konta (2017), Kvitova (2015), and Radwanska (2013).
Men’s Seeds: Albert Ramos Vinolas, Gilles Muller, Diego Schwartzman, Fabio Fognini, Adrian Mannarino, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Damir Dzumhur, Mischa Zverev
Men’s Floaters: Gilles Simon, Jared Donaldson, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Viktor Troicki, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, Leo Mayer
Men’s Notes: No Top 20 players in the field…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Thick floaters slate, with (4) Fognini vs. The Dog/Troicki winner, (3) Schwartzman vs. Lopez, and (8) Zverev vs. Mayer…Wildcards were awarded to Aussies Alex Bolt, John Millman and Jordan Thompson…Pulling out of the tournament were Filip Krajinovic and Kei Nishikori…Muller beat Brit Daniel Evans in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Muller (2017), Troicki (2016-15), and Simon (2011).
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