Dubai organizers praise world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty

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Dubai organizers praise world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty

The 20th edition of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships will bring the top-tier women's tennis to the Aviation Club Tennis Centre between February 17-23, with 14 top-20 players ready to fight for the title. Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu and the defending champion Belinda Bencic should lead the field at the Premier 5 event, seeking big points and form ahead of Indian Wells and Miami.

The organizers are thrilled to host that many players from the very top of women's tennis, with amazing matches coming right from the opening round. Colm McLoughlin and Salah Tahlak are very proud of the job they have done, happy to have world no.

1 Ashleigh Barty in the draw. The last year's Roland Garros and the WTA Finals champion had been the most consistent player of the previous season, eager to keep the same pace in 2020 after winning the title in Adelaide and reaching the third round at home Major in Melbourne.

McLoughlin and Tahlak praised the Aussie who stayed away from tennis for almost two years, improving her game and the ranking position ever since 2016 and finding herself on the WTA throne just three years later. "We are thrilled that Ashleigh Barty will be competing at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the first time," said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.

"It has been wonderful to witness the infectious enthusiasm that has won her countless fans around the world, and how she has conducted herself as a champion has rightly been recognized by all, but especially at home in Australia."

"Already this season we have seen Ashleigh Barty claim a title, as she became the first Australian woman to win a tournament on home soil in nine years with a victory in the Adelaide International final," said Tournament Director Salah Tahlak.

"Her success underlines that she will be extremely difficult to overcome at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, even though she faces a fantastic field that features two other reigning Grand Slam winners together with many other tournament champions."