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Iga Swiatek leads Australian Open 2023 entry list

Iga Swiatek leads Australian Open 2023 entry list

Iga Swiatek leads Australian Open 2023 entry list

Iga Swiatek leads Australian Open 2023 entry list

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  • Iga Swiatek leads the entry list for next year’s Australian Open.
  • Ashleigh Barty will not defend her title this year.
  • Ysaline Bonaventure is last player to be directly accepted into main draw.
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The entrance list for the 2023 Australian Open is headed by World No. 1 Iga Swiatek and is based on the WTA rankings for the week starting December 5.

The current US Open and Roland Garros champion Swiatek is one of 13 active or previous Grand Slam winners who have qualified for the January 16 start of the first major of 2023. The Pole, who advanced to her maiden Australian Open semifinal this year, will attempt to increase her total of Grand Slam victories to four.

Sofia Kenin (2020), Naomi Osaka (2019, 2021), Victoria Azarenka (2012–13), and Petra Kvitova (2019), along with Garbie Muguruza (2020), Danielle Collins, and three former Australian Open runners-up, are all on the lineup (2022). Ashleigh Barty, the winner this year, gave up playing competitive tennis in March and will not be defending her championship.

The remaining Grand Slam champions eligible for direct entrance are Swiatek, Azarenka, Osaka, Kenin, Kvitova, and Muguruza. They are also Jelena Ostapenko, Barbora Krejcikova, Elena Rybakina, Sloane Stephens, Bianca Andreescu, and Emma Raducanu. Venus Williams, who has won seven major tournaments overall, will also compete.

Nineteen of the Top 20 players in the world, according to the WTA, are competing, with Simona Halep being the lone holdout.

One of 11 players utilising a special ranking to join the main draw is Kenin, who is presently ranked No. 240 and on the return trail following an injury-plagued season. The remaining players are Marketa Vondrousova, a previous Grand Slam finalist, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Nadia Podoroska, Karolina Muchova, Jaqueline Cristian, Patricia Maria Tig, Evgeniya Rodina, Zheng Saisai, and Kristina Kucova.

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No.95-ranked The final contestant to be admitted straight into the main draw is Ysaline Bonaventure. The following five competitors would join in the event of withdrawals: Harriet Dart, Kateryna Baindl, Dayana Yastremska, Alycia Parks, and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

The qualifying entrance list has also been made public based on the December 19 rankings, with World No. 219 Anastasia Gasanova being the last original direct admittance.

Eugenie Bouchard, Zoe Hives, Katarina Zavatska, Barbara Haas, Kathinka Von Deichmann, and Arina Rodionova are the six players that entered the qualifying draw using special rankings. Rosa Vicens Mas, Katherine Sebov, Sophie Chang, Robin Montgomery, and Ekaterine Gorgodze make up the top five alternatives.

Official announcements have been made for five of the eight wild cards. Williams, a two-time runner-up, and No. 110-ranked Diane Parry both got reciprocal wild cards from the French Tennis Federation.

After a season on the rookie circuit that featured her first WTA semifinal in Granby and a victory against the defending champion Barbora Krejcikova in the first round of Roland Garros, the 20-year-old player climbed as high as No. 58 in October.

Storm Hunter, Olivia Gadecki, and Talia Gibson, three local favourites, also received wild cards. Hunter, 28, is ranked No. 241 and is a Top 10 doubles player. Last month, Hunter played a key role in Australia’s march to the Billie Jean King Cup final.

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While Gibson, 18, moved up from No. 1200 to No. 364 throughout the course of this year, Gadecki, 20, has a 37-18 pro record in 2022.

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