October 30, 2009 / 2:35 AM / in 8 years

Safina to play Brisbane International

World number one Dinara Safina of Russia reacts after losing a point during her second round match against Zhang Shuai of China at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing October 5, 2009. Safina will warm up for the Australian Open at January's Brisbane International, organisers said on Friday. REUTERS/David Gray/Files

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Russia’s Dinara Safina will warm up for the Australian Open at January’s Brisbane International, organisers said on Friday.

Safina, who will lose her number one ranking to Serena Williams after withdrawing from this week’s WTA Championships, will join Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic and former world number one Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin at the Jan. 3-10 event.

“The Brisbane International will be the perfect tournament to get some tough match practice in the lead up to the Australian Open,” the 23-year-old Safina said in a statement.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Greg Stutchbury; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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