Sam has Maria Kirilenko first up...from her website
Brisbane International begins
Saturday 3 January 2009
The draw is complete and Sam will kick off proceedings Sunday in the opening match of the tournament.
Sam will take on Russian Maria Kirilenko in the first round of singles. The gates open at 9am local time, and matches get underway at 10am.
Sam last played Maria in the final of the Korean Open late in 2008. She will be determined to avenge her tough three set loss there with a win tomorrow in front of her home state crowd.
In other exciting news for Sam, she has started 2009 with two new sponsors. From the start of the Brisbane event she will be using Babolat racquets, specifically the Pure Storm model and wearing Lacoste clothing.
Ive seen Sam so many times and she is looking great. She was practicing yesterday with Azarenka, Mauresmo and Dokic. She is hitting it really cleanly and looks very confident. She watched the cricket all day today lol. Hopefully she can come away with the win tomorrow. Ill be there in my Smash em Sam shirt. LETS GO SAM
Sam is also looking so fit and toned. She has been doing some very tough practice sessions with Dave Taylor and looks like she is roaring to go. She sturggled a little in the exhibiton match but she has looked in really good form in her practice. She was practicing her kick serve It gets so much bounce She has also signed heaps of autographs. She is so popular. And can I just add that her outfit is the best in years. If she plays well she is capable of beating all the players in the draw. Tough battle in the opening round but hopefully the home crowd advantage can help her to play well and pull of the upset. Photos to come.