- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2012

SYDNEY (AP) - Grand Slam champions Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone will meet in the first round of the Sydney International _ a rematch of their 2010 French Open final won by Schiavone.

The high-profile encounter is a byproduct of the strength of the field _ nine of the top 10 players in the WTA rankings are entered in tournament which begins Sunday.

Stosur, who won the U.S. Open last year, is seeded fifth, whole the 11th-ranked Schiavone is unseeded.

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, and Wimbledon champion and second-seeded Petra Kvitova have first-round byes.

Juan Martin del Potro, top-seeded in the men’s draw, No. 2 John Isner, third-seeded Richard Gasquet and No. 4 Feliciano Lopez have first-round byes.