Sydney snapshot: Day 3

The big names dominate the schedule on what promises to be an enthralling Day 3 at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

12 January 2016

Tuesday is when the action really heats up.

The big guns of the Apia International Sydney will come out to play, with Simona Halep, Sam Stosur, Borna Coric, Sam Groth, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic and Alexandr Dolgopolov just some of the stars scheduled on court.

Here’s a snapshot of what you can look forward to on a blockbuster Day 3 at Apia International Sydney 2016.

Headline match

[1] Simona Halep (ROU) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)

The top seed begins her campaign in Sydney one year on after illness derailed her hopes before she hit a ball. This time, the Romanian star comes in under an cloud after withdrawing from Brisbane due to an Achilles injury, but apparently on the mend, she will be focused on getting match play ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam event. She comes up against an athletic and talented shotmaker in Caroline Garcia, who went undefeated at the Hopman Cup and has the weapons to trouble Halep. Expect some scintillating rallies at Ken Rosewall Arena.

> view the full order of play for Tuesday 12 January

Keep an eye on …

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Sabine Lisicki (GER)

Big hitting will feature in this match-up between two players who thrive on the big stage. Kuznetsova is a two-time major winner and has a strong history in Sydney, reaching the final back in 2008. Her movement and retrieving skills will be put to the test against Lisicki, the former Wimbledon finalist with one of the biggest serves in the game and backcourt power to boot.

Borna Coric (CRO) v Gilles Muller (LUX)

Sydney fans will get their first look at one of the most exciting prospects in the men’s game. Borna Coric, debuting in Sydney in 2016, arrives in the Harbour City after reaching the final last week in Chennai. He’s a man on the rise, evidenced by his victories over Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray and his ranking of No.40 at just 19 years of age. Yet he comes up against a proven Sydney performer. Gilles Muller, who reached the Apia International Sydney semifinals last year, possesses a huge serve and volleying prowess and will look to overwhelm the youngster with his ceaseless attack.

Upset alert

[5] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Pliskova was a finalist in Sydney last year and owns one of the most powerful games on tour, yet when she’s playing well, Pavlyuchenkova presents problems for even the game’s very best. The stylish Russian has an excellent all-round game and arrives in Sydney on the back of her quarterfinal run in Brisbane. Pliskova, who won two of her three singles matches at the Hopman Cup, will be wary.

Catch all the action on Day 3 at the Apia International Sydney, running from 10-16 January at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, by booking your tickets now!

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