8 Jan 2011

Wickmayer draws Stosur for Sydney tournament

8:27 pm on 8 January 2011

Samantha Stosur has drawn in-form Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in the opening round of the Sydney International tennis tournament starting on Sunday.

Wickmayer, who won the ASB Classic last year and went on to the US Open semi-finals, lost Saturday's Auckland final and is sure to provide Australia's world No.6 with a stern test in the vital Australian Open warm-up event.

Victory over Wickmayer could propel fourth-seeded Stosur into a second-round showdown with fellow Australian Jelena Dokic, who is appearing in Sydney for first time since contesting the bronze medal playoff at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Dokic, though, will need to pull of an early upset to keep her potential date with Stosur after striking dual grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round.

Dokic says it's going to be a tough match, but it could have been worse as the cut-off is always unbelievable in Sydney.

Indeed with seven of the world's top 10 stars featuring in the event, only players inside the top 29 gained direct entry into the 30-woman draw.