Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki to headline 2020 Kooyong Classic


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Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki to headline 2020 Kooyong Classic

Staged at the famous Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, the Kooyong Classic kicked off in 1988 when the Australian Open switched to the Melbourne Park, gathering the world's greatest players in one of the last preparations for the first Major of the season.

Standing as one of few exhibition events remained in the calendar since 1990, Kooyong has always offered exciting matches and a notable list of champions that includes Pat Cash, Thomas Muster, Michael Chang, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and others.

From 2017, WTA players have started to visiting Kooyong as well, with Sorana Cirstea, Belinda Bencic, Andrea Petkovic, Eugenie Bouchard and Amanda Anisimova all feeling the atmosphere of the historic stadium. The next year's edition will take place between January 14-16 and the organizers have already confirmed former Major champions Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki as the leading figures for the upcoming event.

Both the Russian and the Dane will need a fresh start in 2020, struggling with injuries throughout the season and not being able to keep high ranking positions. The Russian played only eight tournaments in 2019 after more problems with her troubled shoulder, reaching only one quarter-final and dropping out from the top-130, needing a wild card to enter the Australian Open main draw directly.

Caroline Wozniacki competed in Auckland at the beginning of the season ranked 3rd, dropping 35 positions after playing in only one final in Charleston. In 2018, Caroline conquered the title in Melbourne but that seemed to be a distant past in the opening months of the new seasons, entering only four tournaments until the end of March and winning just five matches to drop out from the top-10.

Using a favorable draw, Wozniacki had the opportunity to play for the title in Charleston, losing to Madison Keys in straight sets for the best result of the season. By the end of the year, Caroline barely achieved more triumphs than losses, failing to win a match on clay and struggling in the following tournaments as well before more positive signs in Beijing, her last event of the season.