DOHA, Qatar - WTA World No.7 Elina Svitolina will take part at the Qatar Total Open after accepting a wildcard for the tournament.
Svitolina has previously played in the event on four occasions, with her run to the third round last year the best result she has managed in the Doha-based competition.
On that occasion, she was defeated by the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova, who went on to win the tournament, defeating Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza in the final. Kvitova, however, will not defend her title after a busy start to 2019, which saw her reach the Australian Open final and win the Sydney International.
The Qatar Tennis Federation has also confirmed that WTA World No.10 Caroline Wozniacki has been handed a wildcard spot in the competition, with the Dane having reached the final on two previous occasions only to lose to Vera Zvonareva in 2011 and Karolina Pliskova in 2017.
Meanwhile, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who in October became the first Arab player to reach a final on the WTA Tour by making the Kremlin Cup showpiece, and Oman’s Fatima Al Nabhani have also been given a pass into the main draw.
WTA World No.1 Naomi Osaka, however, was forced to withdraw from the tournament on Wednesday due to injury. Barbora Strycova has taken her place in the draw.
Madison Keys and Wang Qiang are other high-profile stars who cannot play, with Katerina Siniakova and Petra Martic their replacements.
Romania’s Simona Halep will be the No.1 seed for the tournament, despite having fallen to WTA World No.3 following the Australian Open.
The main draw begins on February 11 and runs through to February 16 at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.