The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is undoubtedly one of tennis’ premier calendar events and attracts some of the world’s best – read top-ranked – players into its fold, year after year.
The WTA action which commences on the 17th February will see an impressive influx of tennis playing names including 4th seed and 2012 champion Agnieszka Radwanska and 6th seeded defending champion Petra Kvitova. But the bigger attraction aside of these two popular tennis figures is the presence of four former top-seeds who, in no uncertain terms, augment the favourability of the tournament.
Ever since the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships started its WTA event in 2001, the event has featured top-seeds and former top-seeds with an unwavering regularity. The past list of top-seeds includes the likes of Martina Hingis, Serena Williams, Justine Henin, Lindsay Davenport and Amelie Mauresmo. Of the quartet, Hingis won the maiden edition of the tournament held in 2001 while Justine Henin became the first player to win two back-to-back titles in 2003-04 and 2006-07.
The only other woman to equal Justine Henin’s feat, American Venus Williams, herself a former world no.1, is one of the four top-seeds who will be participating in the event this year after being awarded a wild-card. Giving her company will be Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, each of whom who have spent considerable amount of time – deservingly – as the top-seeds in the women’s tennis playing circuit.
Each of these three players has also enjoyed considerable success in the previous editions of the event. Caroline Wozniacki won the tournament in 2011 and made it to the semi-finals in 2012 and 2013, while Jelena Jankovic, who made her debut in the year 2005, made it to the finals in her maiden appearance at the event. Jankovic’s compatriot Ana Ivanovic also debuted in the year 2005 – albeit as a qualifier – and is a three-time quarter-finalist here, making it to the last eight in 2008, 2009 and 2012.
With the stage being set so perfectly and the players all lined-up, all that remains is for the action to begin and hot up progressively with so many top-notch talents providing the best entertainment for tennis fans, all over the world.