3 Jan 2009

Qualifying starts for ASB Classic

6:01 am on 3 January 2009

The two New Zealand tennis players involved in qualifying for next week's ASB Classic will clash in this morning's first round in Auckland.

Dianne Hollands and Kairangi Vano will go head to head with the bonus of six WTA ranking points on offer but also a potential match up with the qualifying top seed Mathilde Johansson of France who is ranked at 85 in the world.

Hollands, with no WTA singles ranking, was too good for Vano, ranked in the 600s, on each occasion they played in recent domestic tournaments.

Meanwhile in the main draw Greek player Eleni Daniilidou, who had an injury plagued 2008, has been granted the third wild card.

Daniilidou won the tournament in 2003 and 2004 and reached the top-15 rankings in 2003.