The Brisbane tournament, which will be upgraded from International to Premier status next season, will host Serena Williams for the first time in 2012.
Well, I never played in Brisbane and I've never been to Brisbane (but I've) heard great things about it. It's brand new (for me) so all that is going to be really exciting and it will help me with my seeding going into the Australian Open too, so that would be good.
Other confirmed stars:
Maria Sharapova – just like Serena, first-time Brisbane participant
Kim Clijsters – 2010 champion who will play her first tournament since August 2011
Ana Ivanovic – played the quarterfinals in 2009 and semifinals in 2010
Additional info: Talking about the Australian part of the season, let’s just remind you that Serena is expected to play mixed doubles with Andy Roddick at the Australian Open. (source: ESPN, photo by our reader Jacob)