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Sisters are doing it for themselves

Posted on December 20, 2017

This year, the Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic welcomed back the professional women’s competition as part of the programming after a 14 year hiatus. Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium fought her way to Champion defeating Romanian current world no. 13 Saurian Cirstea in the final. In its second year since returning, the 2018 women’s field is looking strong and with no sight of Wickmayer’s return, who will take home the trophy?

 Belinda Bencic
This Swiss pro made her debut in 2012 for the Switzerland Fed Cup team and today, holds a current world ranking of 74. Since going pro, Bencic has won two singles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as three singles and three doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit.

Belinda Bencic
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Andrea Petkovic

Former world no. 9, Petkovic took the tennis world by storm when she introduced the “Petko-dance” following her victories in 2010. Currently sitting at the 82nd spot, Petkovic debuted her professional career in 2006 and has since won 6 WTA Singles Titles. The German pro has been running around the court since the age of 6, trained by her father, former Yugoslav tennis player and member of the Yugoslavia David Cup Team, Zoran Petkovic.

Win or not, let’s hope Petkovic graces the Kooyong court with the Petko-dance! Watch it here 

Destanee Aiava

Labelled as the player to watch, Destanee Aiava is Australia’s own rising star. Taking to tennis at a young age, Destanee began representing Australia as a junior player at the of 12. Burning up the court in 2015, Destanee made her professional debut at the Burnie International, and has since climbed the leader board ranking 7th in Australia.

Making her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open at age 16, Destanee became the first player to be born in the 2000s or later to compete in a major tournament. Aiava has also booked her spot in the women’s singles at next month’s Australian Open winning the wildcard playoff final.

Destanee Aiava
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The perfect lead up the big AO, Aiava will hit the Kooyong courts before the big Grand Slam. Could the 2018 Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic be hers for the taking?

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