Women to return to Kooyong Classic in 2017

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Former grand slam finalist Sabine Lisicki will play in the 2017 Kooyong Classic, with the Australian Open-warm up event to feature women for just the second time.

The only time women have previously played in the event was in 1993 but tournament director Peter Johnston says there is growing demand for greater opportunities to tune up for the Australian Open.

"So it's a great option for the players, and there's no doubt that from an event presentation point of view, the inclusion of women into the field will broaden the appeal."

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