18 February 2017. Dubai, U.A.E
Angelique Kerber faces a tough challenge as she bids to recapture her number one ranking at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week. The German claimed the top spot late last season from Serena Williams, but slipped back to number two following the Australian Open. A title this week would see her return to the top, but she faces some formidable obstacles.
Her first opponent after a first round bye could be former world number one and tour veteran Jelena Jankovic, and if she overcomes that hurdle she could then run into Rio Olympics singles champion Monica Puig. Others in her half of the draw include WTA Finals champion and Dubai third seed Dominika Cibulkova, 2016 Dubai finalist Barbora Strycova and one of the most in-form players of recent months, Elina Svitolina.