World No.1 Ash Barty will headline the Brisbane International in January which will boast a field that includes all of the top 3 players in the game.

Joining the 2019 French Open champion will be defending champion ad world No.2 Karolina Pliskova and world No.3 Naomi Osaka.

Elina Svitolina, the 2017 champion, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens will also be at the event, while the field will also include former Grand Slam champions Samantha Stosur and Angelique Kerber.

Former WTA World No.1 Venus Williams will also take part at the event, which runs January 6-12, before the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Karolina Pliskova will join Ash Barty in Brisbane in January. Photo: Andy Cheung/ArcK Images/ Tennis Magazine/International Sports Fotos

“After so many years on the tour, it is good to play at new tournaments and experience a different city. Brisbane International is always spoken of so highly among the WTA players and so I wanted to see it for myself,” Venus said.

“I know it will be hot in January and that is exactly the conditions I need to get used to as I prepare for the Australian Open.”

Brisbane International Tournament Director Mark Handley is excited about the prospect of what promises to be a thrilling competition.

“To be able to add Venus, Sam, Elina and Ajla to an already blockbuster field says a lot about the Brisbane International and the city as a destination to visit,” he said.

“Players arrive here at the start of the season fresh from a well-earned rest and we are looking forward to showcasing the best of women’s tennis with the best match-ups at the Queensland Tennis Centre.”