Caroline Garcia entered the world top 10 for the first time last October owing to a career-best victory.
France's Garcia beat Simona Halep, the WTA's top ranked player, in the China Open final to become the new world No 8. She became the first WTA player to win both the Wuhan and China Open tournaments in the same year.
The former doubles specialist owns a standout win over Britain's Johanna Konta from the BNP Paribas Open last year, and also notably beat Caroline Wozniacki in an outstanding conclusion to 2017.
Garcia has never been past the third round at the Australian Open.