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WTA Auckland 2019 Player Field: Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and defending champion, Julia Goerges headline Auckland field

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 30 Nov 2018
  • Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and Julia Goerges begin their 2019 WTA campaigns at the ASB Classic
  • The ASB Classic is live from Auckland from 31 December, 2018 to 6 January, 2019
Caroline Wozniacki. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

World No. 3, Caroline Wozniacki begins her 2019 season in Auckland while Julia Goerges aims to defend her title at the ASB Classic, live from Auckland from 31 December 2018 to 6 January, 2019.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams also gets her 2019 season running at the ASB Classic.

Wozniacki might not have won the Auckland title last season, but her runner-up finish continued her fine run of form, carried over from the previous year, and set her up for Australian Open success, as the Dane finally broke her Grand Slam duck.

Wozniacki added two more titles to her 2018 collection, winning in Eastbourne and Beijing, but she revealed at the end of the year that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that attacks the joints. The Dane said she had been feeling the symptoms since Wimbledon.

That, in many ways, explains her sharp drop in form after Eastbourne, as the 28-year-old won just three matches in six tournaments while she struggled to come to terms with the diagnosis, physically and emotionally, but she proved that she can still win big titles, despite her condition, with her strong run at the Premier Mandatory tournament in Beijing. Competing in Auckland for a fifth consecutive season, can Wozniacki improve on runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2018, and claim her first title at the tournament?

Germany's Julia Goerges will have other ideas as the German looks to win back-to-back ASB Classic titles.

The 30-year-old had finished 2017 with a bang, winning titles in Moscow and Zhuhai, and she made it three straight WTA trophies at the start of 2018 with her success in Auckland. Goerges didn't claim another title until the final week of the regular season, when she won in Luxembourg, but she did other good things before then, reaching the Charleston final, a maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon, and further semi-finals in St. Petersburg, New Haven and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. The German also made her top ten debut in 2018, but she drifted out towards the end of the year, finishing at No. 14 on the rankings.

Venus Williams. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Former champion, Venus Williams returns to action in Auckland, as she competes in her first tournament since the US Open, where she fell in the third round to sister, Serena. 

Williams endured a disappointing 2018, as she fell from 5th to 38th on the rankings. The seven-time Grand Slam champion had shot back into the top ten during a fine 2017, when she reached Grand Slam finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, a semi-final at the US Open, and another final at the WTA Finals, but she struggled to reproduce the same form in 2018, as she won just four Grand Slam matches in total. Her best result last season was a semi-final at Indian Wells.

The 38-year-old is back in Auckland after skipping the event last year, and while she has won just one match in her last two visits to the tournament, she did enjoy a couple of fine campaigns a few seasons back, reaching consecutive finals in 2014 and 2015, beating Wozniacki to win the 2015 title.

Can a return to Auckland spark another resurgent season from the legendary American?

WTA Auckland 2019 Player Field (Highest-ranked players confirmed so far)

WTA Auckland 2019 Player Field

No.PlayerRankingNationality
1Caroline Wozniacki3Denmark
2Julia Goerges14Germany
3Hsieh Su-Wei28Chinese Taipei
4Petra Martic32Croatia
5Barbora Strycova33Czech Republic
6Venus Williams38USA
7Kirsten Flipkens48Belgium
8Alison Van Uytvanck50Belgium


WTA Auckland Tournament Information

WTA ASB Classic Fast Facts

WTA ASB ClassicWTA Auckland
DatesDecember 31 to January 6
VenueASB Tennis Centre
LocationAuckland
First Played1986
SurfaceHard
CategoryInternational
Draw Size32 Singles/ 16 Doubles
Prize Money$226,750
Reigning Singles' ChampionJulia Goerges
Reigning Doubles' ChampionsSara Errani/Bibiane Schoofs

WTA ASB Classic is live from Auckland from 31 December, 2018 to 6 January, 2019.

*Geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify


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WTA Auckland 2019 Player Field: Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and defending champion, Julia Goerges headline Auckland field

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