Naomi Osaka and other five top ten players commit to Brisbane International


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Naomi Osaka and other five top ten players commit to Brisbane International

Six top-ten players will compete in the Brisbane International that will be held from 31 December to January 5. The Australian tournament did not sign any deal with super stars like Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova or Serena Williams just to make examples, but has chosen a quality field overall.

The defending champion is Elina Svitolina, who earlier this year defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich in a straight-set final 6-2, 6-1. Also the 2017 winner Karolina Pliskova, the US Open champion Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens and Daria Kasatkina.

Petra Kvitova will seek her second success in Brisbane after winning her first title there in 2011 beating Andrea Petkovic in the final. Garbine Muguruza will not play the event, where in 2018, she retired in the first round against Aliaksandra Krunic.

Camila Giorgi, who only made one main draw appearance in Brisbane in 2016 losing to Angelique Kerber, will try to go far. The Italian player reached this year's Sydney International semi-finals and then ended the year on a high note winning the WTA Linz.

The Tournament Director Cameron Pearson said: 'We are once again thrilled so many of the world’s best players want to come to Brisbane. This speaks volumes for the event, the fans who come to watch and the city of Brisbane.

To have seven Grand Slam champions and sixteen ATP/WTA Top 20 players confirmed is great news, and our fans are in for another exciting week of world class tennis. We look forward to welcoming all the players to Brisbane for the first week of the 2019 year.' Here below full entry list.

1. SVITOLINA, ELINA (UKR) - 4
2. OSAKA, NAOMI (JPN) -5
3. STEPHENS, SLOANE (USA) - 6
4. KVITOVA, PETRA (CZE) -7
5. PLISKOVA, KAROLINA (CZE) - 8
6. BERTENS, KIKI (NED) - 9
7. KASATKINA, DARIA (RUS) 10
8. SEVASTOVA, ANASTASIJA (LAT) 12
9. MERTENS, ELISE (BEL) 13
10. KONTAVEIT, ANETT (EST) - 21
11. SUÁREZ NAVARRO, CARLA (ESP) - 23
12. BUZARNESCU, MIHAELA (ROU) - 24
13. GIORGI, CAMILA (ITA) - 26
14. TSURENKO, LESIA (UKR) - 27
15. SASNOVICH, ALIAKSANDRA (BLR) - 30
16. SINIAKOVA, KATERINA (CZE) 31
17. VEKIC, DONNA (CRO) - 34
18. COLLINS, DANIELLE (USA) - 35 
19. GAVRILOVA, DARIA (AUS) 36
20. KONTA, JOHANNA (GBR) - 37
21. MLADENOVIC, KRISTINA (FRA)-43
22. PUTINTSEVA, YULIA (KAZ) 45
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