Determined Schnyder to defend title
Women's world number seven Patty Schnyder says she is determined to defend her Australian Women's Hardcourt tennis title on the Gold Coast next week.
The 27-year-old Swiss could face her toughest challenge from Martina Hingis, who will play her first professional tournament in three years after returning from injury.
Schnyder said the Gold Coast tournament would be an ideal lead-up to next month's Australian Open in Melbourne.
"It's great, it's a really hot and humid spot so we are really ready for the dry heat in Melbourne," she said.
"I also love to come here because I practise indoors and it's kind of indoors here... I really love coming to this place."