Elina Svitolina will return to defend her title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next month, the tournament confirmed on Monday.
The Ukrainian world No. 4, who defeated Caroline Wozniacki in last year’s final to lift the first Premier title of her career, headlines a strong field that also includes reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, two-time Grand Slam winner and ex-world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, 2013 Dubai champion and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, the winner of the 2012 title in Dubai.
Last year’s US Open runner-up Madison Keys will be making her Dubai debut while former finalist and ex-world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and French power player Caroline Garcia are also on the entry list.
In-form players Julia Goerges (2012 Dubai runner-up) and young Aussie talent Ashleigh Barty will also be participating.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships women’s event will take place from February 19 – 24 with the men’s event staged from February 26 – March 3.
Tickets for both events will go on sale online on Thursday 18 January through the tournament website, with the Stadium Box Office opening on Thursday 25 January.
Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free said: “This year we are opening ticket sales online in advance of the box office to ensure that all fans have an equal chance to purchase tickets to see the world’s top players in action.
“The women’s entry list is now finalised and we are looking forward to sharing the ATP list in the coming days. We are delighted to announce another impressive women’s line-up, headed by Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and our defending champion Elina Svitolina, which also includes several of our previous champions and finalists.”
Grandstand ticket prices for the WTA event start at Dh55 for opening rounds to Dh735 for the ATP finals, with daily Prime A and Prime B tickets and season tickets also available (all inclusive of VAT). Tickets will be available online at http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/en/tickets
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Verdasco said he was pleased with his performances this past week, that saw him reach his biggest final in five years, but admits Murray proved a formidable foe and was just too good for him in Saturday's final.
“Obviously he doesn't have many weaknesses because he's No 1 in the world. It's not easy to beat him,” said the Spanish 33-year-old.
“I believed in myself before the match that if I had my best day or for sure a great day, I could have chances to win, but obviously if you don't really play your best tennis it’s really tough.
“I'm just, for that side, a little sad and disappointed, like, after the hard work that I did the whole week to be in the finals. Obviously very happy, but once you're in the finals, you want to win it, and obviously for one side disappointed that I couldn't at least play as I really wanted to play.”