The second edition of the Hawaii Open Tennis Tournament will take place between December 27-29 in Honolulu, gathering two Grand Slam champions and two finalists. Presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii Open will serve as an excellent preparation for ten WTA and ATP players ahead of the new season, with Kei Nishikori, Danielle Collins, Sam Querrey, Misaki Doi, Milos Raonic, Angelique Kerber and Christian Harrison as the first confirmed players.
A year ago, Elise Mertens won the WTA event and the organizers have signed the best possible competitor to lead the field in three and a half months, with the US Open champion Bianca Andreescu signing to make a debut at the Hawaii Open.
The young Canadian has made stellar progress so far this season, reaching the final in Auckland as a qualifier and conquering Indian Wells for the first title on the big scene, becoming the youngest champion in the desert since Serena Williams.
Struggling with a shoulder injury, Bianca had to skip a couple of months, making the best possible return at home in Toronto where she claimed the title and became one of the favorites for the crown at the US Open as well.
Andreescu's debut in New York could not have been better, winning seven matches and passing all the obstacles to become the first teenager with a Grand Slam title since Maria Sharapova in 2006. Fighting against Serena Williams and the entrire Arthur Ashe Stadium, Bianca proved her class and defeated the great rival 6-3, 7-5 in the title match to write history and enter the top-5, having been ranked outside the top-200 a year ago when she failed to qualify for the main draw here in New York!
"I am truly excited to come to Hawaii this year to play the Hawaii Open. It will be my first time there, and I really look forward to discovering the wonderful island of Oahu," said Andreescu. "The tournament will be, I'm sure, the perfect preparation for my Australian swing as I will get the chance to play some great matches against very good players in a very nice location. Can't wait!"