Florida: World no.1 tennis player Ashleigh Barty will begin her 2022 season at the Adelaide International, which will start on January 2.
The year 2022 will mark the third edition of the tournament. Barty won the inaugural edition after defeating Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine and became the first Australian WTA champion on home soil since Jarmila Wolfe at Hobart 2011.
Poland’s Iga Swiatek beat Belinda Bencic of Switzerland to clinch the 2021 title.
“Hosting nine out of the top ten women including World No.1 Ash Barty and defending champion Iga Swiatek is a huge coup for Adelaide,” Adelaide International Tournament Director Alistair MacDonald said in a statement.
The Adelaide International 2021 will also feature nine of the world’s top 10 players including WTA Finals champion Garbine Muguruza, Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova and Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic.
Former Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova, US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez, former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova, Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Ostapenko and Sofia Kenin will also start their seasons at Adelaide.
Aryna Sabalenka, Ons Jabeur, Coco Gauff and Paula Badosa are also scheduled to participate in the tournament.
“We are thrilled to announce a star-studded field for week one of the Adelaide International,” MacDonald said.
“We are excited for everyone to join us for what is sure to be a wonderful fortnight of tennis.”
The full main draw entry list is as follows: Ashleigh Barty, Aryna Sabalenka, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Krejcikova, Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa, Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Sofia Kenin, Elena Rybakina, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Coco Gauff, Belinda Bencic, Leylah Fernandez, Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Ostapenko, Tamara Zidansek, Ekaterina Alexandrova.