World number 11 Nadia Petrova of Russia has confirmed she will play at the ASB Classic in Auckland in January 2009.
This means she will become the second seed, behind Olympic Champion Elena Dementieva (WTA ranking now at number 4), and just in front of Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark(world number 12)
Petrova was a semi-finallist at the tournament in 2006.
For a tournament allowed only one world top-ten player under the new WTA Roadmap 2010 regulations, the ASB Classic is certianly doing well to have already secured the world's number 4, 11 and 12-ranked players!
It's possible a fourth top-20 player will also join the ASB Classic line-up.
Katerina Srebotnik won the ASB Classic in 2005.
A fourth tennis player ranked in the world's top 20 is to attend the ASB Classic, tournament organisers announced today.
Katerina Srebotnik, a former champion with a career-high ranking of 20, will make her seventh appearance at the Auckland WTA event.
The 27-year-old Slovenian, who defeated Shinobu Asagoe in three sets to claim the 2005 title, is one of the Tour's steadiest campaigners. She has been a fixture in the top 30 in recent seasons and ended this year in the top 20 for the first time.
Russian world no 4 Elena Dementiava will be the tournament's top seed, followed by countrywoman Nadia Petrova (11) and Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki (12).
The full entry list will be confirmed at the tournament's official launch at Mission Bay on Wednesday.