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Tennis: World No. 1 Barty, Raducanu headline Sydney’s Australian Open warm-up

Tennis: World No. 1 Barty, Raducanu headline Sydney’s Australian Open warm-up

SYDNEY (REUTERS) – Ashleigh Barty and Emma Raducanu would be the headline acts when elite ladies’s tennis returns to Sydney for the primary time in three years, forward of subsequent month’s Australian Open, organisers mentioned on Saturday (Dec 18).

World No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Barty was runner-up within the final two editions of the Sydney Worldwide in 2018 and 2019 earlier than the 134-year-old match fell sufferer to the reorganisation of the Australian season.

Barty will return to the harbour metropolis for the Sydney Tennis Basic from Jan 9-15 on the head of a powerful area which incorporates 19 of the world’s 24 finest ladies gamers.

The Australian can be joined by top-10 gamers Garbine Muguruza, Barbora Krejcikova, Maria Sakkari, Anett Kontaveit, Paula Badosa, Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur in vying for the WTA 500 title.

British teenager Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, the Canadian she beat within the ultimate to finish her fairy-tale run to the US Open title earlier this 12 months, may also be in motion on the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem would be the fundamental drawcard within the ATP match, together with Australian Alex de Minaur, who was the final males’s Sydney Worldwide champion in 2019.

Barty may also play on the Adelaide Worldwide as she prepares for her house Grand Slam at Melbourne Park, which begins on Jan 17.

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