Adelaide's WTA 500 dresses up to host five Top Ten

More on than ever. This is how the year will start for the circuit, which the first WTA 500 will be played in Adelaide and it will feature the presence of no more and no less than five Top Ten tennis players.

Ashleigh Barty (No. 1 in the world) will be, logically, the head of the painting. He will start competing from the second round, where he will be measured with Cori Gauff (22nd) or a player from the qualy.

The Australian, who had started 2021 in spades and little by little was diluting her performance due to injuries, will be back in his country to compete again (he had not played since the US Open) in a tournament in which she became a champion in 2020.

On the other hand, the No. 2 in the world, Aryna Sabalenka, also starts as one of the candidates for the title. Due to its pre-classified condition, in the second round can face Kaja Juvan (100th) or Chloe Paquet (119th), which a priori seems to be an accessible duel to continue climbing.

The third sowing is Maria Sakkari (6th), who will have an interesting debut against Tamara Zidansek (30th); while the fourth is Paula Badosa (8th), who will play with Victoria Azarenka (27th) for a place in the second round. This match will be more than promising as it will be about kind of a rematch for last year’s Indian Wells final, in which the Spanish won a tough battle.

Finally, the fifth seed is Iga Swiatek (9th), the defending champion. The young Polish woman, barely 20 years old, will make her debut with a tennis player from the qualy, although moving forward may face Leylah Fernandez (24th), the brand new runner-up of the US Open.

In turn, other prominent tennis players such as Sofia Kenin (12th), Elena Rybakina (14th), Elina Svitolina (15th) and Petra Kvitova (17th) They will fight for the title in what promises to be a world-class tournament.