Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Brisbane is where it is at.
In the later stages of this year it was announced that Brisbane will be upgraded from an International event to a Premier tournament. And wow, what an upgrade it was. Only five players have confirmed their participation, but you could not be happier with the line up. Lead by 13 time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Sam Stosur, Ana Ivanovic and Kim Clijsters all lining up for Brisbane next year.
The tournament held in Brisbane in the first week of the year is expected to become the premier lead up event for the leading ladies of the tour, negatively effecting the line up for Sydney, held the week before the Australian Open.
Clijsters is excited about the challenging and star studded field.
"With Maria (Sharapova), Sam (Stosur) and Serena confirmed for the Brisbane International it is going to be a tough contest but also be a great chance to test your form leading into the first grand slam," said the Belgian.
Thirteen-time major champion Williams has never played in Brisbane and said she was looking forward to it.
"Well, I never played in Brisbane and I have never been to Brisbane but I have heard great things about it," she said.
Queensland Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the 2012 Brisbane International will showcase the brightest stars on the tennis circuit.
“Serena Williams is an absolute powerhouse and her recent form at the US Open is set to excite fans, which will hopefully translate to a full house at the Queensland Tennis Centre,” Mr Reeves said.
“Having stars like Serena at the Brisbane International just a year after the floods demonstrates that Brisbane, and Queensland, is open for business.