Ash Barty will look to rebound from her Australian Open quarter-final loss at next week’s Adelaide International.
The world No.1 has made the surprise decision to defend the title she won in the South Australian capital last year.
Barty had been planning to head to the Middle East after a short break following a gruelling schedule of 10 matches in less than three weeks.
But the 24-year-old’s camp on Friday confirmed she’d be back on the court for the $US535,000 event starting on Sunday.
Barty will be top seed in Adelaide, where 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek, former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu and Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady are also playing.
The Australian snared her eighth career title in Adelaide last year before going on to reach the last four at at the 2020 Australian Open.