World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named the top seeds on Thursday for next week's Australian Open with organizers aligning with the current rankings.
Top-seeded Simona Halep has booked a semifinal berth at the Sydney International, while fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the men's quarterfinals of the Australian Open tune-up event.
Angelique Kerber brought to eight the number of the top-10 women's players laid low by injuries or illness in the lead up to the Australian Open when she withdrew from the Sydney International on Tuesday with a stomach illness.
Novak Djokovic won his first title of 2016 on Saturday, playing "perfect" tennis to thrash arch-rival Rafael Nadal in straight sets during a breathtaking performance in the Qatar Open final.1 Comment
A polished victory at the Brisbane International finally ended a prolonged, disorganized and painful wait between titles for Victoria Azarenka, extending back to Aug. 2013 when she beat Serena Williams in Cincinnati.
Roger Federer and Milos Raonic will meet again in the Brisbane International final in a reprise of the 2015 decider at the Australian Open warm-up tournament.
Bernard Tomic ended Kei Nishikori's streak of semifinal appearances at the Brisbane International with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win on Friday, his first over a Top 10 player on home soil.
Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber, the highest-ranked woman remaining at the Brisbane International, advanced to the semifinals on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal survived a first-round scare in the Qatar Open on Tuesday, winning in three sets against fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
After two injury-interrupted seasons, Victoria Azarenka is emerging from the shadows of some of her highly-ranked rivals who have either withdrawn from Australian Open warmup events or lost in the early rounds.