Melbourne VIC, Australia, 16 December 2014 | Australian Tennis Magazine

Each day we’ll be featuring a player who is one to watch throughout the December Showdown and into the Australian summer. Today it’s Sara Tomic, who on Tuesday kicks off her Australian Open Play-off campaign.

The younger sister of Australian star Bernard, Sara Tomic is a similarly-talented ball striker who is devastating from the back of the court.

“A real chance of being a top class female player,” says former world No.42 Scott Draper of the player who is based overseas and in 2014 won ITF junior titles in Queensland and Fiji. She also contested qualifying at the Apia International Sydney and Australian Open in January.

Tomic is a wildcard entry into the women’s field at the Australian Open 2015 Play-off, where she will take on fourth seed Arina Rodionova.

> view Sara Tomic’s player profile

Read more about Tomic and other emerging Aussie talents in the December “Summer Special” of Australian Tennis Magazine.