Olivia Rogowska hopes she doesn’t live to regret volunteering to pick the names for the William Loud Bendigo International’s main draw, which starts Tuesday.
The number two seed handed herself a tough opening round match against training partner Viktorija Rajicic.
Rajicic is ranked 126 places lower than world number 166 Rogowska, but still worries last year’s runner-up.
“She’s a really tough up-and-coming junior, she hits the ball pretty big and she’s got a really strong forehand,” Rogowska said.
“We know each other’s games really well because we both train at the same centre down in Melbourne.
“I think it’s a pretty tough first round so I have to be up for it.”
Rogowska was elevated to second seed, behind American Irina Falconi, following Ashleigh Barty’s withdrawal from the first of two $50,000 Bendigo Internationals.
The 22-year-old is set for a semi-final encounter against her conqueror in last year’s Bendigo final – Russia’s Arina Rodionova.
Back for her fourth crack at the title, Rogowska is aiming to go one step further than last year.
“I usually play some pretty good tennis in Bendigo, but I’ve just never got the win,” Rogowska said.
“I’ve been playing some pretty good tennis lately, so hopefully I keep it up.”