Thai teenager Luksika Kumkhum expects a tough match against world No.63 Jamie Hampton in the Australian Open women's singles second round today.
World No.201 Luksika, the only Thai player in this year's singles event, got past the first round by upsetting world No.39 Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden on Monday.
"I have never played Jamie before," said the 19-year-old who booked a place in the main draw with three wins in the qualifying round.
"But she is a good player with powerful forehand shots and rarely makes unforced errors. It will be a tough match for me and it should be an entertaining game," added the Thai who made her first appearance at a Grand Slam.
The winner of the match is likely to meet top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the third round.
In yesterday's women's doubles first round, Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn and Poland's Alicja Rosolska lost 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to third seeds Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Lisa Raymond from the United States.
In today's men's doubles first round, Thai twins Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana face Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia while Thailand's Danai Udomchoke and Taiwan's Jimmy Wang meet Colombia's Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.