2024 Dubai Championships WTA Draw With Swiatek, Sabalenka, Rybakina & more

2024 Dubai Championships WTA Draw With Swiatek, Sabalenka, Rybakina & more

by Nurein Ahmed

The 2024 Dubai Championships women's tournament will be at full strength, and the draw for the second WTA 1000 event of the season has been revealed.

The tournament will mark the return to competition for World No. 2 and reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka, who skipped the Qatar Open. The draw has already thrown up a plethora of exciting matches.

The top eight seeds at this tournament will receive a bye, and although some high-profile names like depending champion Barbora Krejcikova and fourth-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka have pulled out, there is a wealth of star power in the field.

In the top half of the draw is last year's finalist, Iga Swiatek, who, surprisingly, has not won this tournament. She will begin her campaign against either Sloane Stephens or qualifier. Swiatek could meet 15th seed Elina Svitolina in the third round.

However, it remains to be seen whether the Ukrainian has recovered from the back injury that ended her Australian Open and faces a tough opening match against compatriot Anhelina Kalinina.

Fifth-seeded Ons Jabeur plans to play in this tournament despite question marks regarding her knee. The Tunisian has endured a nightmare return to the Middle East, and she'll be hoping to wind up with a good run in Dubai. She has a great draw, for starters.

Jabeur has a bye in the first round and is guaranteed to face a qualifier in the second round. But things could get significantly harder in the third round with big-hitting Jelena Ostapenko, a possible opponent.

Coco Gauff, meanwhile, will face one of Elise Mertens or Lesia Tsurenko. She is also another top-ranked player in desperate need of match wins after a modest start to the Middle East swing in Doha.

In the bottom half, second seed Aryna Sabalenka will look to win her eighth match in a row when she opens up against either Donna Vekic or Xiyu Wang. Meanwhile, Maria Sakkari, who is without a coach after parting ways with Tom Hill, faces a potential banana peel in the second round.

The Greek awaits the winner of the match between Katerina Siniakova and in-form American Emma Navarro. Fourth seed Elena Rybakina faces a tricky path to the title despite her incredible run of form in the Gulf region.

The Kazakh could open up against two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka, provided the Belarusian can evade Arantxa Rus in the first round. Russian teen prodigy Mirra Andreeva returns to action and will play American Peyton Stearns in the first round.

Should Andreeva navigate that test, then seventh seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova awaits. The complete draw for this year's Dubai Championships can be seen in its entirety below.

2024 Dubai Championships WTA Draw:

1 Iga Swiatek (1)
3 Sloane Stephens
4 Qualifier
5 Varvara Gracheva
6 Tatjana Maria
7 Anhelina Kalinina
8 Elina Svitolina (15)
9 Daria Kasatkina (10)
10 Marta Kostyuk
11 Lin Zhu
12 Anastasia Potapova
13 Qualifier
14 Magda Linette
15 BYE
16 Qinwen Zheng (6)
17 Coco Gauff (3)
18 BYE
19 Elise Mertens
20 Lesia Tsurenko
21 Karolina Pliskova
22 Shuai Zhang (WC)
23 Ashlyn Krueger
24 Caroline Garcia (16)
25 Jelena Ostapenko (9)
26 Qualifier
27 Paula Badosa (PR)
28 Lulu Sun (WC)
29 Qualifier
30 Qualifier
31 BYE
32 Ons Jabeur (5)
33 Maria Sakkari (8)
34 BYE
35 Katerina Siniakova
36 Emma Navarro
37 Leylah Fernandez
38 Qualifier
39 Jasmine Paolini
40 Beatriz Haddad Maia (11)
41 Ekaterina Alexandrova (14)
42 Qualifier
43 Petra Martic
44 Caroline Dolehide
45 Arantxa Rus
46 Victoria Azarenka
47 BYE
48 Elena Rybakina (4)
49 Marketa Vondrousova (7)
50 BYE
51 Mirra Andreeva
52 Peyton Stearns
53 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
54 Marie Bouzkova
55 Qualifier
56 Liudmila Samsonova (12)
57 Veronika Kudermetova (13)
58 Dayana Yastremska (WC)
59 Sofia Kenin
60 Sorana Cirstea
61 Xinyu Wang
62 Donna Vekic
63 BYE
64 Aryna Sabalenka (2)


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