Former world No. 1 Justine Henin faces a tough first-round match in her official comeback tournament after drawing second-seeded Nadia Petrova at the Brisbane International.
Henin, a wild card, was the last player drawn in the 32-women field, ironically conducted by Petrova. The Russian gave a rueful smile as she turned Henin’s name card over at a public draw in downtown Brisbane on Saturday.
U.S. Open champion and Henin’s fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters will play Italian Tathiana Garbin on Sunday at Pat Rafter Arena. Henin plays Petrova on Monday.
Men’s top seed Andy Roddick drew Australian Davis Cup player Peter Luczak, while fellow American James Blake will play fifth—seeded compatriot Sam Querry.