Karolina Pliskova joins Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka in Brisbane

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Karolina Pliskova joins Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka in Brisbane

The 12th edition of the WTA Premier event in Brisbane will take place in the second week of January 2020, marking the beginning of the season together with the tournament in Adelaide. Since 2009, almost every big name from the WTA Tour has competed in Brisbane, with Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, Petra Kvitova, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina all finding a place on the list of champions, with more Grand Slam winners as the beaten finalists at the Brisbane International.

The organizers have been working hard on shaping the field for the next edition, announcing two Grand Slam champions who should lead the draw at the Queensland Tennis Centre, with the two-time Major winner Naomi Osaka joining the home favorite Ashleigh Barty in the battle for the title.

Former world no. 1 and the current world no. 2 Karolina Pliskova completes the top-3 field in Brisbane, joining a stellar field of players as the defending champion, ready to play at this event for the fifth time. Karolina has won 12 of the last 13 matches in Brisbane, hoping for more of the same at the beginning of the next season and repeating what she has achieved so far in 2019, winning four WTA titles and still having a chance to finish the season at the top.

"I'm looking forward to returning to Brisbane to defend my title. The conditions seem to work in my favor there and I have enjoyed great results. Winning the Brisbane title in 2019 set my season up and I'm keen to lift the trophy for the third time in Queensland," Pliskova said.

"We are creating a Brisbane International that will suit families, sports enthusiasts and tennis fans. By adding a waterpark, we are providing somewhere for children and the young-at-heart to cool off between world-class tennis matches.

It will truly become an event that everyone wants to be at this summer”, Brisbane International Tournament Director Mark Handley said.