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Australian Open 2019 women's entry list: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki returns alongside World No. 1 Simona Halep and seven-time winner Serena Williams

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 6 Dec 2018
  • Australian Open 2019 women's entry list
  • Serena Williams is back for the first time since winning the 2017 title
  • World No. 1 Halep and defending champion Wozniacki also return
Caroline Wozniacki (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

World No. 1 Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and returning seven-time winner headline the 2019 Australian Open after the official entry list was unveiled for the first Grand Slam of the season on Wednesday.

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This season’s runner-up Halep returns to Melbourne Park on the back of a stellar season that yielded a maiden major title at Roland Garros and saw her remain at No. 1 for the bulk of the year - and the Romanian will be determined to go one step further at the Australian Open in 2019 after falling just short against Wozniacki in the final. But with zero wins since August due to a back injury and after splitting with her coach Darren Cahill, will Halep will be able to produce her best tennis in Melbourne?

Currently ranked No. 16 in the world, reigning Wimbledon and U.S. Open runner-up Serena Williams is back at the Australian Open for the first time since winning the title in 2017 over her sister Venus whilst being three months pregnant. With a runner-up finish in 2016 and winning the title in 2015, Serena has lost at the Australian Open just once in the last four years.

Serena Williams after winning the 2017 Australian Open (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
After snapping her Grand Slam hoodoo in style at the Australian Open this season, Wozniacki will be aiming to defend her title amongst a star-studded women’s field, with any one of the current top 20 genuinely capable of lifting the silverware.

World No. 2 and Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber’s 2018 resurgence began in Australia as she won the Sydney title and made the semi-finals in Melbourne - can the German avoid another slump like she experienced after her career-best 2016 season, where she won both the Australian and U.S. Open titles?

Elina Svitolina is as confident as ever after winning her biggest career title at the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore and will be determined to make a first real impact at a slam, while Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka - the last two champions at the U.S. Open - will be out to add a second major crown to their trophy cabinets.

Czech powerhouses Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova can never be discounted at a major, while the newest members of the top 10 - Kiki Bertens and Daria Kasatkina - will be out to back up magical 2018 campaigns. Also keep an eye out for rising star Aryna Sabalenka - the 20-year-old New Haven and Wuhan champion who is set to challenge for the sport’s biggest prizes throughout 2019.

Leading the Australian charge is World No. 15 Ashleigh Barty, with the 22-year-old closing 2018 in memorable fashion after winning her biggest title at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai.

Add in former champions Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka - along with two-time runner-up Venus Williams - and it promises to be another spectacular Australian Open in 2019.

“It’s always special to see our defending champions – Caroline (Wozniacki) had her first Grand Slam win here last year so will be keen to start 2019 on a high,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said.
“On the women’s side we’ve seen a number of new champions in 2018. Naomi Osaka started her path to Grand Slam glory right here in Melbourne, reaching the fourth round, and building to win the US Open. And after making the final here it was wonderful to see Simona (Halep) win at Roland Garros, and our own 2016 champion Angie Kerber win at Wimbledon.”

Check out the full Australian Open women’s entry list below:

1. Simona Halep (ROU)
2. Angelique Kerber (GER)
3. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
4. Elina Svitolina (UKR)
5. Naomi Osaka (JPN)
6. Sloane Stephens (USA)
7. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
8. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
9. Kiki Bertens (NED)
10. Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
11. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
12. Elise Mertens (BEL)
13. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
14. Julia Georges (GER)
15. Ash Barty (AUS)
16. Serena Williams (USA)
17. Madison Keys (USA)
18. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
19. Caroline Garcia (FRA)
20. Qiang Wang (CHN)
21. Anett Kontaveit (EST)
22. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
23. Carla Suarez-Navarro (ESP)
23. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) - PR
24. Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU)
25. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
26. Camila Giorgi (ITA)
27. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
28. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)
29. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
30. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
31. Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
32. Petra Martic (CRO)
32. Laura Siegemund (GER) - PR
33. Barbora Strycova (CZE)
34. Donna Vekic (CRO)
35. Daria Gavrilova (AUS)
36. Danielle Collins (USA)
37. Johanna Konta (GBR)
38. Venus Williams (USA)
39. Saisai Zheng (CHN)
40. Shuai Zheng (CHN)
41. Maria Sakkari (GRE)
42. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
43. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
44. Belinda Bencic (SUI)
45. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)
46. Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)
47. Alize Cornet (FRA)
48. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
49. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
50. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)
51. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
52. Sofia Kenin (USA)
53. Monica Puig (PUR)
54. Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK)
55. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)
56. Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
57. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
58. Dayana Yastremska (UKR)
59. Timea Babos (HUN)
60. Ons Jabeur (TUN)
61. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
62. Alison Riske (USA)
63. Rebecca Peterson (SWE)
64. Andrea Petkovic (GER)
65. Vera Lapko (BLR)
66. Luksika Kumkhum (THA)
67. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
68. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
69. Bernarda Pera (USA)
70. Yafan Wang (CHN)
71. Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)
72. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
73. Tatjana Maria (GER)
74. Johanna Larsson (SWE)
75. Ana Bogdan (ROU)
76. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)
77. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)
78. Mona Barthel (GER)
79. Dalila Jakupovic (SLO)
80. Magda Linette (POL)
81. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)
82. Stefanie Voegele (SUI)
83. Polona Hercog (SLO)
84. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
85. Tamara Zidansek (SLO)
86. Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
87. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
88. Madison Brengle (USA)
89. Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
90. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) - PR
90. Taylor Townsend (USA)
91. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)
92. Heather Watson (GBR)
93. Anastasia Potopova (RUS)
94. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
95. Anna Blinkova (RUS)
96. Kateryna Kozlova (UKR)
97. Amanda Anisimova (USA)
98. Katie Boulter (GBR)
99. Monica Niculescu (ROU)
100. Fiona Ferro (FRA)
101. CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)


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Australian Open 2019 women's entry list: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki returns alongside World No. 1 Simona Halep and seven-time winner Serena Williams

World No. 1 Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and returning seven-time winner headline the 2019 Australian Open after the official entry list was unveiled for the first Grand Slam of the season on Wednesday.

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