The Brisbane WTA is full of stars: is it more interesting than the men's event?

The combined event that opens the 2024 tennis season offers many interesting issues: the comeback of Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka and much more

by Lorenzo Ciotti
The Brisbane WTA is full of stars: is it more interesting than the men's event?
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The main draw of the Brisbane International will see Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina as the number 1 and 2 seeds respectively. Lin Zhu, Daria Kasatkina, Jelena Ostapenko and Victoria Azarenka will try to undermine the former WTA No.1 on the road to the final.

Naomi Osaka will return to the field in Brisbane after almost a year and a half. The four-time Slam champion will also be in the upper part of the main draw and will challenge Tamara Korpatsch on her debut with the hope of giving herself a match with Karolina Pliskova.

Other stars will also include Sofia Kenin, Sloane Stephens, Victoria Azarenka, Danielle Collins, Vetonika Kudermetova, Liudmilla Samsonova and Daria Kasatkina.

The WTA in Brisbane is full of stars

The combined event instead presents great expectations in the men's singles, with Rafael Nadal's as back.

Yet, analyzing the two draws, we can see how the women's event presents a much more interesting draw than the men's one. Rafael Nadal's co-back is certainly the main attraction of the tournament, but the quality of the women's tournament seems to have a higher quality than the men's event.

The WTA Brisbane International is full of stars and interesting issues to analyze. Aryna Sabalenka seeks points before the Australian Open, to resume the chase for WTA No.1 Elena Rybakina will be one of the favorites in every tournament she plays on the Asutralian Swing: her tennis is perfect for these fast surfaces, as confirmed with the final reached in Melbourne in 2023.

And obviously there is Naomi Osaka's comeback, as eagerly awaited as that of Rafael Nadal. As mentioned, in general it seems that the quality of the women's event is higher than the men's.​ In the ATP event, apart Nadal, the seeding will be lead by Holger Rune (1) and Grigor Dimitrov (2).

The Bulgarian will challenge Andy Murray in what will be the most interesting match of the first round.

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