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Simona Halep headlines strong Sydney field

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  • Simona Halep headlines a star-studded field at the Sydney International
  • Halep has not played since the China Open in early October, when a back injury forced her to retire in the opening round
  • WTA Sydney International is live from Sydney from 7-12 January, 2019
Simona Halep. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

World No. 1, Simona Halep leads a star-studded field at the WTA Sydney International, live from Sydney from 7-12 January, 2019.

Halep is one of eight top ten players confirmed for the WTA Premier tournament, which begins just one week before the Australian Open.



The Sydney International will be Halep’s first tournament since the first week in October, when the Romanian retired from an opening round meeting against Ons Jabeur at the China Open due to a back injury. The 27-year-old subsequently withdrew from the season-ending WTA Finals.

Halep had compiled another outstanding year, winning her first Grand Slam trophy at the French Open months after being edged out by Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final. The Romanian also won titles in Montreal and Shenzhen, and reached finals in Rome and Cincinnati. Halep has now held the No. 1 ranking for 41 straight weeks. She however ended 2018 on a low, losing four matches in a row, including opening matches at the US Open, Wuhan and Beijing before calling time on her season.

The Roland Garros champion also split with coach Darren Cahill at the end of the season, with the Australian coach explaining that he is taking a 12-month break from the tour to spend some more time with his family. Halep has announced that she will start 2019 without a coach.

Despite the disappointing finish to her year, the world No. 1 was understandably pleased with her efforts during a breakthrough campaign.

"It's been amazing. There have been many bad moments and many good moments - it was a very emotional year," the Romanian said. "When I lost the final in Melbourne it was tough to come back stronger but what meant a lot is that I came back stronger and could win my first Grand Slam title."

She will not be defending her Shenzhen title in the opening week of the year, but is scheduled to start her year in Sydney, where she will be joined by an all-star cast.

Defending champion, Angelique Kerber will play her first WTA tournament of the season in Sydney after featuring at the Hopman Cup in the first week of 2019, while Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens and Daria Kasatkina, who will all open their year in Brisbane, will head to Sydney in the second week of the year.

Grand Slam champions, Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko and Sam Stosur will also be present, so will Australia’s No. 1 and last year’s runner-up, Ashleigh Barty.

WTA Sydney International is live from Sydney from 7-12 January.

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