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Perez draws world 64 for OZ Open debut

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Shellharbour tennis ace Ellen Perez will square off against Chinese world number 64 Yafan Wang in the first round at the Australian Open next week.

If Perez wins her opening match she will most likely meet Aussie 15th seed Ash Barty in the second round.

The 23-year-old wildcard is already in Melbourne preparing for her Open debut following a tight three set first round loss to Pauline Parmentier at the Hobart International on Monday.

Perez is currently ranked 175 in the world but has improved dramatically in the last 12 months.

Wang is playing in her sixth grand slam with her best result being two second round appearances at the US Open.

Written by Travis Winks

Image: AAP Image/Brendan Esposito