The Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki will return for another shot at the ASB Classic title in Auckland this summer.
The former world number one's return comes off the back of a hot start to the Asian swing WTA tour, winning her 26th career title in Japan last week.
Wozniacki beat world number one Garbine Muguruza of Spain in straight sets and qualify for the WTA's Season Ending Championships in Singapore.
Wozniacki, who carried her nation's flag at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, has returned to her best form, and importantly, sits firmly inside the top ten in the WTA rankings at number six.
Her impressive year has included six WTA Tour final appearances, five of which were at the Premier level. The victory in Tokyo means she has now captured at least one title every year for the last ten years on the WTA Tour.
Wozniacki was eager to get back to Auckland for the 2018 ASB Classic, "I really wanted to come back. I feel like I have played really well in New Zealand, making the semi-finals and a final. I wanted to come back for the winners' trophy next year".
Wozniacki lost to Venus Williams in the 2015 final.
"It is such a special place to play. It is one of the best stops on the tour. The crowds are always so supportive and full right from day one. You don't get that in many tournaments" continued Wozniacki.
It will also be a special moment for Wozniacki as close friend Agnieszka Radwanska (13) has also signed on to play in January's event. The pair have been good friends since their junior careers, with Wozniacki attending the Pole's wedding earlier in 2017. On court Wozniacki holds an 11:6 advantage over her friend.
The ASB Classic will span for two weeks; the women's tournament starting on January 1st followed by the men's tournament from January 8th.