Sam Stosur in action during her second round loss to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova at Apia International Sydney; Getty Images

Sam set for Sydney

World No.27 Sam Stosur will line-up at the Apia International Sydney in 2016, the 10th time she has contested the Australian Open tune-up event.

She will be joined in the field by defending champion Petra Kvitova and world No.2 Simona Halep at the WTA Premier-level event at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from 10-16 January.

Sydney has become a regular stop for Stosur in her preparations for the Australian Open, with the Coogee local accustomed to the home-court advantage.

“I’ve played some great matches in Sydney and had some really exciting matches on that court so it’s always nice to head back to play again,” said Stosur, Australia’s top-ranked female.
“The Sydney tournament always gets unbelievable cut-offs, everybody’s looking for those matches leading into the Aussie Open and you’ve got to play someone usually in the top 25 straight up.

“Nothing’s easy there but it’s certainly a good chance to see how you stack up against the best in the world.”

Tournament Director Alistair MacDonald said it was exciting to once again have the world’s top female players choosing to complete their Australian Open preparation in Sydney.

“The Apia International Sydney has had one of the most competitive women’s fields on the WTA Tour for several years now and we’re thrilled that the likes of Kvitova, Halep and Stosur continue to want to play our event,” he said.

Apia International Sydney 2016, proudly supported by Apia in association with Volkswagen and The NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will take place at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from 10-16 January 2016.

Apia International Sydney single session tickets and series packages are now available and can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au/booksydney or by calling 1300 888 104.

For further tournament information please visit www.apiainternational.com.au.

  • Sammy Fan

    Such a great photo this.. Looking forward to seeing Sam playing in the New Year!! :)