DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Wimbledon winner Garbiñe Muguruza and last year's defending champion Elina Svitolina will head the field at February's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
"We are delighted to announce another impressive women’s line-up, headed by Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza and our defending champion Elina Svitolina, which also includes several of our previous champions and finalists," said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.
Spain’s Muguruza won her first Grand slam at the 2016 French Open, and followed that up with a remarkable season in 2017, winning Wimbledon, reaching world number one and being named the WTA 2017 Player of the Year.
Now World No.4, Muguruza will face a formidable line up in Dubai which includes Dubai 2016 champion Elina Svitolina, who led the WTA tour in singles titles in 2017 and has continued her good form, winning the first Premier title of the season and her 10th career title at the Brisbane International earlier this month.
Svitolina is one of three former champions in the hunt for their second Dubai title, with Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova also in the line-up. Four of the top 10 and 11 of the top 20 ranked women are in the fray, including World No.8 Caroline Garcia and previous Dubai runners-up - World No.6 Karolina Pliskova; Barbora Strycova; and Julia Goerges, who is in winning form, taking her third consecutive WTA title at the ASB Classic in Auckland this month with a win over Caroline Wozniacki.
Also in the mix will be former World No.1 and 2016 Australian Open and US Open champion Angelique Kerber, and young hopefuls Ashleigh Barty and Madison Keys. Kerber returned to the podium at the Sydney International, holding off a determined Barty to win her first title of 2018.
Tournament Director Salah Tahlak commented: “The women’s line-up is fantastic and with so many players performing so well we are sure to see some incredible matches, and in the proud tradition of this tournament, may yet produce another surprise champion."