Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany during the draw ceremony.
Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany during the draw ceremony.

Luksika to face Aussie Open doubles champion in Hua Hin

sports January 27, 2019 06:49

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

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Thai No 1 Luksika Kumkhum has been assigned to tough opening round against newly-crowned Australian Open doubles champion Zhang Shuai of China in the opening round of the US$250,000 WTA Thailand Open at True Arena in Hua Hin.



Garbine Muguruza gives alms to a monk.

The country’s lone hope in the singles maindraw is expected to have a gritty task with Zhang who just won the season’s opening Major with Samatha Stosur on Friday.

The Thai ace will go into the match with 0-1 record with the 42nd ranked Chinese who beat her 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 in an ITF event in Tokyo three years ago.

Top seed and former world No 1 Garbine Muguruza of Spain will have the clash of the titans with former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany in the first round, while No 2 seed Caroline Garcia of France, the 19th ranked, will meet a qualifier.

Third seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan, finalist at this venue in a WTA 125K series in 2017, faces Monica Niculescu of Romania. Fourth-seeded Zheng Saisai of China plays Mandy Minella of Luxembourg.

On Saturday’s morning, the world No 18 Muguruza and former world No 1 doubles player Peng Shuai of China gave alms to monks on a Hua Hin beach which was part of the tournament’s promotional activity.

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