Genie Bouchard and rising star Naomi Okaka add some spice to leading seeds Zhang Shuai and defending champ Elise Mertens at the Hobart International in Australia.
Here’s a look at the field:
HOBART, Tasmania, Australia; Surface: hard
Seeds: Zhang Shuai, Elise Mertens, Sorana Cirstea, Alize Cornet, Lesia Tsurenko, Irina-Camelia Begu, Tatjana Maria, Katerina Siniakova
Floaters: Genie Bouchard, Naomi Osaka, Alison Riske, Donna Vekic
Notes: No Top 30 players in the field…Floaters are almost the favorites between Bouchard, Osaka…Tough starts for (1) Zhang 2nd rd. vs. Bouchard, (8) Siniakova vs. Riske, and (7) Maria vs. Vekic…Wildcards were awarded to Bouchard and Aussies Lizette Cabrera and Jaimee Fourlis…American Shelby Rogers pulled out of the field…Mertens beat Monica Niculescu in last year’s final…Former champions in the field are Mertens (2017), Cornet (2016), and Mona Barthel (2012).
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