2017 WTA Brisbane Draw with Angelique Kerber released

View the recently released 2017 WTA Brisbane draw.

The 2017 WTA Brisbane draw is out and Angelique Kerber is the top seed. As a result the World No. 1 will enjoy a bye through the first round before facing either Ashleigh Barty or a qualifier. Things promise to get tougher after that for Kerber with the following quarterfinal matches the ones that the seeds in Brisbane imply:

  • (1) Angelique Kerber vs. (6) Elina Svitolina
  • (3) Karolina Pliskova vs. (8) Roberta Vinci
  • (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. (4) Garbine Muguruza
  • (7) Elena Vesnina vs. (2) Dominika Cibulkova

In the group of players above, I think Muguruza is the cloudiest player. She enters 2017 having not done much in 2016 since winning the French Open. Whether it’s mental or physical, she’s the player to watch closely in my view to try and figure out exactly where her tennis is at this point. The entire draw is below, taken from a promotional tweet from @BrisbaneTennis on Twitter:

2017 WTA Brisbane draw.
2017 WTA Brisbane draw.

The dangerous floater in the tournament is probably Monica Puig. The gold medalist from Rio 2016 was active a couple weeks ago in exhibition play when she beat Maria Sharapova. Puig certainly has her work cut out for her in the first round as she faces Elina Svitolina. However, if she survives that than I think she beats either Shelby Rogers or Eugenie Bouchard in the next round.

On the other side of the draw, Christina McHale is an unseeded player to be aware of. McHale won her first title ever late last season, in a hard court tournament from Tokyo. The hot conditions in Australia promise to be a lot for McHale to contend with however she does not have a difficult draw in my view. Sara Errani is more proven on clay and it has been a while since she played her best tennis. Vesnina is the seeded player close to McHale, but the Russian is not so dominating as to feel assured of victory against the non-seeds.

The tournament will run from January 1st to January 7th, 2017. It’s an important part of the lead-up to the Australian Open. It may be hard to look past Kerber in the event when predicting a winner, however she is 0 for 4 for tournament titles since claiming top spot. Dominika Cibulkova may certainly rise to the occasion in Brisbane as she has done well in the Australian heat before and she won the tour finals in October.

Shane Lambert