The newest event on the WTA Tour gets underway in the second week of the season as the Adelaide International begins on Sunday.
With eight of the top 16 players in the world in the field, the tournament promises to provide the fans with some thrilling action in the leadup to the Australian Open.
Top seed and world number one Ashleigh Barty will look for her first victory of the season after a shock loss to Jennifer Brady in Brisbane.
Prediction: Barty def. Stephens
Julia Goerges' streak in Auckland came to an end last week and she looks to rebound against Aussie wild card Priscilla Hon. Danielle Collins reached the quarterfinals in Brisbane and she faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Prediction: Kenin def. Goerges
Prediction: Yastremska def. Vekic
Prediction: Halep def. Sabalenka
Who will take home the title?
With such a deep and talented field, it's hard to pick a winner. Barty will almost certainly win a few matches as she gets ready for Melbourne.
Court speed is also a factor. As this is a new event, no one knows how it will play. Slower courts favor Halep, Bencic and Kerber while faster courts would be more to the liking of Sabalenka, Yastremska and Goerges.
Vondrousova is a wild card simply because she hasn't played since Wimbledon, but if she's healthy and at her best, she's a threat to win the event. Kenin also will quietly (as always) move through the draw.
In the end, Barty seems to be the logical choice here. She'll be motivated by wanting to prove her magical 2019 wasn't a fluke and moved by the terrible bushfires that are ravishing Australia to which she is so generously donating all of her prize money from the Australian hard court season.
Semifinals: Barty def. Kenin, Halep def. Yastremska
Final: Barty def. Halep