British Number one Johanna Konta has recovered from the niggling hip injury that saw her withdraw from last week’s Brisbane Invitational has she takes on Madison Brengle from the USA in the opening round.
With our men’s number one Andy Murray out of action after undergoing hip surgery last week, Konta who is seeded 9th for the tournament leads a trio of British hopefuls with both Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson gaining direct entry into the first round draw.
Fellow brit Naomi Broady could join them if she successfully comes through the qualifying rounds.
Konta will be aiming to a repeat of the success she has had on her last two visits to Melbourne, eventually going out at the quarter final and Semi final stages respectively, although her route to the latter stages is somewhat tougher this time around, with the possibility of facing sixth seed Karolina Pilskova in the fourth round and top seed Simoa Halep in the quarter finals.
Before that she most beat Brengle who is currently ranked 92 in the world and has beat Konta three times in their last four meetings, with Konta’s only victory being in their last match back in 2016.
While Heather Watson will take on Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in her opening round game.
Britain’s only male entry into the competition, Kyle Edmund who is currently ranked 49th in the world, was also a late entry following concerns he had damaged his ankle after pulling out of a warm up tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, but later said it was more a precautionary measure to ensure he was fit for the opening round.
He also has a challenging first game as he takes on South African 11th seed Kevin Anderson. The pair have meet previously with Anderson winning in five sets to knock Edmund out of last years French Open.