Ana Ivanovic will enter the Medibank International, a $600,000 Premier event that takes place in Sydney during 10-15 January. It will be the 23-year-old’s fourth appearance at the tournament and her first for three years. On her last visit to Sydney Ana reached the semi-finals and then went on to finish as runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open. She has a 6-3 win-loss record in Sydney. The tournament, which is a combined men’s and women’s event, is renowned for its strong player field. Over the past decade, champions have included Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin and Elena Dementieva. Ana’s entry completes her tournament schedule for January. She will begin the season at the Hyundai Hopman Cup during 1-8 January, before heading to Sydney and then onto the Australian Open in Melbourne.
“It’s one of my favourite cities and I’m keen to play a lot of matches, and to find my rhythm early, before the Australian Open,” said Ana. “This tournament always has one of the strongest fields in women’s tennis, so it’ll be great preparation for Melbourne. I enjoy playing against the top players most of all, and hopefully I can compete for the title.”