Top quality action ahead for fans
ROCKHAMPTON tennis fans are set to enjoy another week of top quality action when qualifying for the women's leg of the Kia Tour starts at Victoria Park tomorrow.
The US$25,000 Kia International women's tennis challenger tournament has attracted Australia's best up-and-coming talent and international contenders.
This year's top seed is Maria-Jose Argeri of Argentina.
Ranked 227 in the world, the 21year-old arrives in Rockhampton as Argentina's sixth highest ranked woman and has captured one ITF title this year and finished runnerup in two more.
Rising Australian star Sophie Ferguson, 19, will be the tournament's second seed.
Coached by tennis legend Tony Roche and currently ranked 265 in the world, the New South Wales player made a successful debut in India earlier this year as the youngest member of the Australian Fed Cup team.
At the 2005 Medibank International in Sydney, Ferguson received a main draw wildcard and pushed then world No.27 Magdalena Maleeva to three sets.
Thailand's Montinee Tangphong is another Fed Cup representative in the main draw and is a regular face on the Kia Tour.
Other Australians to watch include Western Australian Casey Dellacqua and talented 18-year-old Daniella Dominikovic, whose older sister, Evie, was the 2004 champion in Rockhampton.