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Muguruza, Svitolina to lead top women's line up in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.

Summary: Online tickets sales from Thursday, Jan. 18, with the Stadium Box Office ticket sales opening on Thursday, Jan. 25

Elina Svitolina poses with the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship trophy after beating Caroline Wozniacki in the final in the year 2017. (Getty Images file)

Wimbledon champion Garbie Muguruza and defending champion Elina Svitolina are among some of the world's top rated women's tennis players who will once again line up for the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships scheduled to start at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium from Feb. 19 to March 3. Organisers announced that tickets for the women's tournament will go on sale online from Thursday, Jan.18 through the tournament website, with the Stadium Box Office opening on Thursday, Jan. 25. Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free "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 Garbie Muguruza and our defending champion Elina Svitolina, which also includes several of our previous champions and finalists." Spain's Muguruza won her first Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open, and followed that up with a remarkable season in 2017, winning Wimbledon, reaching world No.1 and being named the WTA 2017 Player of the Year. Now world No. 3, Muguruza will face a formidable line up in Dubai which includes Dubai 2016 champion Elina Svitolina. Svitolina, now ranked world No. 4, led the WTA tour in singles titles in 2017 and has continued her good form, winning the first Premier title of the season and her 10th career title at the Brisbane International earlier this month. Svitolina is one of three former champions in the hunt for their second Dubai title, with Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska and Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova also in the line-up. Four of the top 10 and 11 of the top 20 ranked women are in the fray, including world No. 8 Caroline Garcia and previous Dubai runners-up - world number six Karolina Pliskova; Barbora Strycova; and Julia Goerges. Goerges is also in winning form, taking her third consecutive WTA title at the ASB Classic in Auckland this month with a win over Caroline Wozniacki. Also in the mix will be former world No. 1 and 2016 Australian Open and US Open champion, Angelique Kerber, and young hopefuls 21 year old Australian Ashleigh Barty and American Madison Keys. Tournament Director, Salah Tahlak commented: "The women's line-up is fantastic and with so many players performing so well we are sure to see some incredible matches, and in the proud tradition of this tournament, may yet produce another surprise champion."

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jan 15, 2018
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