23 December 2018 | Tennis SA

Former world No.46 Danka Kovinic (MNE) is set to headline the women’s field at the City of Playford Tennis International, taking place at the Playford City Tennis Centre from 31 December 2018 to 6 January 2019.

Kovinic reached a career high ranking in February 2016. She has been a runner up in two WTA singles finals and won a WTA doubles title in Austria in 2015. Kovinic is a nine time ITF singles champion and holds three ITF doubles titles.

Joining Kovinic will be Japan’s Kurumi Nara. Nara reached a career high ranking of 32 in 2014, following her winning the WTA singles title at the Rio Open in Brazil. Nara holds five ITF singles and three ITF doubles titles.

Australia’s 19-year-old Seone Mendez (NSW) will also join the field that includes 13 players from inside the world’s top 200.

The 22 direct acceptances will be joined by four wildcards and six qualifiers, with matches beginning on Monday 31 December.

“We are thrilled to announce an incredibly strong women’s field for the City of Playford Tennis International,” said Tennis SA CEO Steven Baldas.

“We look forward to welcoming the players to South Australia over the next week and we are excited for matches to begin on 31 December,” Baldas added.

City of Playford Tennis International
Player acceptance list as at 23 December 2018 

WTA rank First name Last name Nationality
156 Danka Kovinic MNE
159 Allie Kiick USA
160 Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov ESP
162 Gabriella Taylor GBR
163 Kurumi Nara JPN
167 Anna Kalinskaya RUS
178 Katie Swan GBR
181 Liudmila Samsonova RUS
183 Elena Rybakina KAZ
185 Martina Trevisan ITA
191 Jasmine Paolini ITA
193 Martina Di Giuseppe ITA
199 Kristie Ahn USA
215 Barbara Haas AUT
216 Maryna Zanevska BEL
217 Na-Lae Han KOR
218 Giulia Gatto-Monticone ITA
ITF rank First name Last name Nationality
4 Greet Minnen BEL
33 Irina Ramialison FRA
61 Anastasia Grymalska ITA
102 Miriam Kolodziejova CZE
143 Seone Mendez AUS

Please note: list is subject to change