Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep among 10 players to watch at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

The 2019 tournament boasts one of its strongest lineups, with 20 of the top 26 players in the world all set to compete

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The 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is set to welcome the best female players in the world next week.

With nine of the top 10, including the three highest-ranked players in the world, as well as 20 of the top 26, Dubai will boast a lineup only bettered by the grand slam and Premier Mandatory events.

Ahead of the tournament's start on Sunday, Jon Turner profiles 10 players to watch - selecting the five highest-ranked players as well as five others he expects to shine in Dubai.

Check out the complete list in the photo gallery above. To move on to the next image, click on the arrows or thumbnail, or if using a mobile device simply swipe.

(x denotes world ranking at the time of writing)