Sam Stosur in action during her first-round loss to Garbine Muguruza at the Brisbane International; Getty Images

Sam to kick off 2018 in Brisbane

Queensland’s own Sam Stosur has confirmed she will start next season at the 2018 Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.

She and world No.8 Caroline Garcia, also announced on Friday, pair will join Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, defending champ Karolina Pliskova, US Open champion Sloane Stephens and top-ranked Aussie Ash Barty in an incredibly strong women’s field for the 10th edition of the tournament.

Next year will be the eighth time Stosur has played Brisbane in front of a home crowd, her favourite way to kick off the Australian summer of tennis.

“It’s always special for me to be able to start the season at my home event, the Brisbane International,” said Stosur, the world No.41.

“Pat Rafter Arena is one of my favourite stadiums to play in, you’re so close to the fans and you can feel the energy.

“I can’t wait to get back on court, and it’s going to be another incredibly strong line up in Brisbane which is a great way to test yourself leading into the Aussie Open.”

Tournament Director Geoff Quinlan said it was wonderful to be welcoming Stosur back to Brisbane.

“Sam is one of the most loved and supported players in Queensland and fans will be delighted to welcome her back in 2018. The atmosphere in Pat Rafter Arena always goes up a gear when Sam is on court,” he said.