Defending champion Katherine Hull

The established players will however need to look over their shoulders, as the tournament has a reputation of uncovering a rookie who upstages the stars. Young Swede Pernilla Lindberg finished in a tie for second last week in New Zealand after a brilliant final round of nine-under-par 63 and joins Australian rising stars Kristie Smith, Rebecca Flood, Leanne Bowditch, Kate Combes and Sarah Oh in the tournament. They will be keen to repeat the efforts of the 2006 champion, 16 year old Amy Yang, as they relish in the strongest field on the biggest stage of their fledgling careers.

No-one will discount former World No.1, Laura Davies, who earned her 73rd career title on Sunday in New Zealand.

The reigning Women’s Australian Open Champion has won three ANZ Ladies Masters titles and will be as keen as ever to add another title to her unparalleled list of international victories.