Kerber, Muguruza to start 2017 in Brisbane

World number one Angelique Kerber and world number three Garbine Muguruza will both get their 2017 campaigns underway at the Brisbane International. 

Kerber has enjoyed the best year of her career this year as she has won two grand slam titles – at the Australian Open and US Open – to go with a silver medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also dethroned Serena Williams as the world number one as a result of her strong showing at Flushing Meadows. 

Kerber has yet to win the Brisbane International, but came close to accomplishing the feat this year as she reached the final before falling to Victoria Azarenka. 

Nonetheless, she is excited about returning next year and is hoping to go all the way. 

“I am extremely excited to be heading back to Brisbane in 2017. It is such a great tournament and the best way to start the summer of tennis in Australia,” she said. “For me, Brisbane kick started the best season of my career this year. You have to play tournaments that will prepare you for the big moments, which for me, was winning the Australian Open and going on to be the No.1 player in the world.”

Meanwhile, Muguruza, who won her first grand slam title at Roland Garros this year, will also be looking to have a more successful campaign at the Brisbane International in 2017 as she was forced to withdraw from the tournament in the second round this year due to a foot injury. 

“I can’t wait to return to Brisbane this summer! It is such a great tournament, the fans, the facilities and the weather are all amazing. For me it’s the perfect way to start the year,’ the 22-year-old said.

Brisbane International Tournament Director Geoff Quinlan expressed his delight that Kerber and Muguruza would be returning next year. 

“Angelique and Garbine are two of the most exciting players in women’s tennis right now, and I can’t wait to welcome them back to the Queensland Tennis Centre,” he said. “To have two out of the world’s top three women play at the Brisbane International is great news for tennis fans in Queensland. The top players love coming here – and for fans, it’s one of the best ways to see them up-close and personal in one of the world’s best arenas.”