TENNIS • AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2018 • FULL PLAYERS ENTRY LIST • TOP 100 ALL PLAYING • TICKETS ON SALE

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TENNIS • AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2018 • FULL PLAYERS ENTRY LIST • TOP 100 ALL PLAYING • TICKETS ON SALE

epa05758533 General view ofn Rod Laver Arena during the final match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 29 January 2017. EPA/DEAN LEWINS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT  |

World’s best ready for Australian Open 2018

 

The world’s top 100 men and 98 women are confirmed for Australian Open 2018.

 

Reigning champion Serena Williams (USA) is anticipated to return after giving birth to her first child in September. She also has an eye on the record books as she begins her campaign for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles and seventh Australian Open title.

 

New world No.1 Simona Halep (ROU) and sixteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will be top seeds in Melbourne.

 

The all-star player field will also feature the return of Novak Djokovic (SRB), Andy Murray (GBR), Kei Nishikori (JPN) and Stan Wawrinka (SUI).

 

Missing from the women’s draw are No.12 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) who withdrew following wrist surgery and Saisai Zheng (CHN) with a continuing right knee injury.

 

Players expected to use protected rankings include Queensland’s John Millman (AUS), Ricardas Berankis (LTU), Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) and Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN).

 

On the women’s side Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER), Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) and Kristina Kucova (SVK) will enter on protected rankings.

 

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley is looking forward to welcoming the world’s best players to Melbourne in January.

 

“We have yet another strong field for Australian Open 2018 led by new world number one Simona Halep and former champion Rafa Nadal.

 

“Last year’s tournament broke all of the records and we look forward to welcoming back new mum Serena [Williams] as she attempts to equal Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slams.

 

“We are definitely a family friendly event and many players including reigning champion Roger Federer travel with their children to Melbourne so we remain optimistic that she will return.

 

“We have been in regular contact with Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, who are all set for the Aussie summer. They will all have lower rankings meaning there’s a real chance we’ll finally see a breakthrough from one of the rising stars like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem or David Goffin.

 

“The player facilities have been extensively upgraded with a new hub located within Rod Laver Arena. New player services for 2018 include a fully underground drop-off area with two new entry points as well as all services centralised to make it even easier to cater for players’ needs,” Tiley continued.

 

There will be 16 male qualifiers and 12 female qualifiers added to each draw, along with eight wildcards.

 

Women’s Main Draw Wildcards (As at 8 December 2017)

US reciprocal: KRISTY AHN (USA)
French reciprocal: JESSICA PONCHET (FRA)
Asia Pacific Play-off: XINYU WANG (CHN)
Australian Pro Tour: OLIVIA ROGOWSKA (AUS)
18/u Australian Girls’: TBC
Play-off: TBC
Discretionary x 2: TBC

 

Men’s Main Draw Wildcards (As at 8 December 2017)

US reciprocal: TIM SMYCZEK (USA)
French reciprocal: CORENTIN MOUTET (FRA)
Asia Pacific Play-off: SOON WOO KWON (KOR)
Discretionary: THANASI KOKKINAKIS (AUS)
Play-off TBC
Discretionary x 3: TBC

 

WOMEN’S MAIN DRAW ACCEPTANCE LIST

WTA RANK FIRST NAME LAST NAME NATION
1 SIMONA HALEP ROU
2 GARBIÑE MUGURUZA ESP
3 CAROLINE WOZNIACKI DEN
4 KAROLINA PLISKOVA CZE
5 VENUS WILLIAMS USA
6 ELINA SVITOLINA UKR
7 JELENA OSTAPENKO LAT
8 CAROLINE GARCIA FRA
9 JOHANNA KONTA GBR
10 COCO VANDEWEGHE USA
11 KRISTINA MLADENOVIC FRA
13 SLOANE STEPHENS USA
14 JULIA GOERGES GER
15 ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA RUS
16 ANASTASIJA SEVASTOVA LAT
17 ASHLEIGH BARTY AUS
18 ELENA VESNINA RUS
19 MADISON KEYS USA
20 MAGDALENA RYBARIKOVA SVK
21 ANGELIQUE KERBER GER
22 SERENA WILLIAMS USA
23 BARBORA STRYCOVA CZE
24 DARIA KASATKINA RUS
25 DARIA GAVRILOVA AUS
26 DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA SVK
27 SHUAI PENG CHN
28 AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA POL
29 PETRA KVITOVA CZE
30 LUCIE SAFAROVA CZE
31 KIKI BERTENS NED
32 MIRJANA LUCIC-BARONI CRO
33 EKATERINA MAKAROVA RUS
34 ANETT KONTAVEIT EST
35 SHUAI ZHANG CHN
36 ELISE MERTENS BEL
37 SORANA CIRSTEA ROU
38 ALIZÉ CORNET FRA
39 TIMEA BACSINSZKY SUI
40 CARLA SUÁREZ NAVARRO ESP
41 SAMANTHA STOSUR AUS
42 LESIA TSURENKO UKR
43 IRINA-CAMELIA BEGU ROU
44 ANA KONJUH CRO
45 QIANG WANG CHN
46 TATJANA MARIA GER
47 MONA BARTHEL GER
48 KATERINA SINIAKOVA CZE
49 LAUREN DAVIS USA
50 CARINA WITTHOEFT GER
50* ANNA-LENA FRIEDSAM GER
51 YULIA PUTINTSEVA KAZ
52 MARIA SAKKARI GRE
53 ALEKSANDRA KRUNIC SRB
54 DONNA VEKIC CRO
55 NATALIA VIKHLYANTSEVA RUS
56 TIMEA BABOS HUN
57 MONICA PUIG PUR
58 SHELBY ROGERS USA
59 MIHAELA BUZARNESCU ROU
60 MARIA SHARAPOVA RUS
61 CATHERINE BELLIS USA
62 KRISTYNA PLISKOVA CZE
62* MARGARITA GASPARYAN RUS
63 VARVARA LEPCHENKO USA
64 CHRISTINA MCHALE USA
65 JENNIFER BRADY USA
66 ZARINA DIYAS KAZ
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