Points: 470 for the champion.
Total prize money: $146,500
When: from January 12th to January 18th
Where: Memorial Drive Tennis Center in Adelaide, Australia
Surface: Hard (outdoor)
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Adelaide replaces Sidney as the last Premier event before the Australian Open.
Since this tournament pays a generous amount of points, the field will feature three top 10 players.
The list is highlighted by local star Ashleigh Barty, WTA’s number 1 ranked player.
Barty is joined by Belinda Bencic and former WTA number 1 Simona Halep.
Two-time Slam winner and reigning Sidney champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the tournament, as well as fellow top 10 player Kiki Bertens.
The other seeded players are rising stars Aryna Sabalenka, Sofia Klenin and Marketa Vondrousova along with former world number 1 Angelique Kerber.
Let’s take a look at the best picks for the 2020 Adelaide International women’s singles.
WTA Ranking: #1
2020 Record: 0-1, 0 titles
2020 Prize Money: $44,450
2019 Sidney International: Runner-up
Barty’s year got off to a slow start, with an upset loss to Jennifer Brady in the Brisbane Open.
The reigning number 1 player will try to bounce back from the early disappointment.
She is coming off a career year in 2019, which saw the Australian star capture her first career Slam in singles.
Her rise to the top started in the Sidney International, where the unseeded Barty upset Simona Halep on the way to the final for a second straight year.
Barty finished her year in strong fashion, winning the WTA Finals to cement her spot as the number 1 player.
She is, without question, the early favorite and will try to capture her first career WTA singles title at home.
The World Number Ones of 2019:
? Rafael Nadal:
2 Grand Slams (French Open & US Open)
58 wins – 7 defeats (89,2 %)
? Ashleigh Barty:
1 Grand Slam (French Open)
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— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) November 27, 2019
WTA Ranking: #4
2020 Record: 0-0, 0 titles
2020 Prize Money: $0
2019 Sidney International: Second Round
Halep will start her 2020 season at Adelaide.
Her 2019 had some highs and lows, although the highs were quite significant.
Despite losing the number 1 spot in the WTA rankings and having to deal with a lingering back injury, the Romanian captured her second career Slam at Wimbledon.
While it ended up being her only title, Halep still had a strong record at the end of the year.
She won 18 of 27 matches on the hard surface, with a runner-up in the Qatar Open as her best result.
Halep might have some rustiness to shake off, but once the competition gets going, the two-time major champion should be among the favorites.
WTA Ranking: #7
2020 Record: 0-1, 0 titles
2020 Prize Money: $4,205
2019 Sidney International: Did not participate
Bencic’s career got back on track in 2019.
Having dealt with injuries for nearly five years, the young Swiss star won her first WTA titles since 2015.
She also made her first career semifinal appearance in a major tournament.
Bencic capped off her strong comeback with a semifinal berth in the WTA Finals.
The Swiss won 22 of 29 matches on the hard surface in 2019, capturing one Premier as well as her second career Premier 5 title.
Bencic was upset in her first match of the year, losing a three-setter to Anna Blinkova at Shenzhen.
WTA Ranking: #15
2020 Record: 1-1, 0 titles
2020 Prize Money: $22,050
2019 Sidney International: Did not participate.
Kenin is widely regarded as one of the WTA’s future superstars.
The young American player had a breakout year in 2019, winning three International titles in four appearances.
Kenin won the Hobart International, which runs parallel to the Adelaide tournament.
She chose not to defend her title and opted to take part in the Premier instead.
Her highlights from 2019 include two wins over number 1 ranked players, Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty.
The young American star won 25 of 35 matches on the hard surface last year.
She made her 2020 debut in last week’s Brisbane Open, losing to Osaka in the second round.
The odds for the WTA Adelaide 2020 winner are offered by 888Sport NJ.
|Winner||888Sport NJ Odds|
|Collins, Danielle Rose||+1500|
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