Arina Rodionova to play Australian Open play-off on wedding day

Arina Rodionova
Arina Rodionova is ranked 309th in the world

Arina Rodionova will be busier than most brides on her wedding day as she attempts to win a wildcard to the Australian Open.

The 26-year-old will play a qualifying match in the morning before tying the knot in the afternoon.

The Russia-born Australian needs to win two matches to qualify for the first Grand Slam of the year, which begins on 18 January.

Rodionova had been due to play compatriot Storm Sanders on Saturday afternoon, which would have clashed with her wedding to Australian Rules football player Ty Vickery.

But tournament organisers and her opponent agreed to move the match to the morning.

"It's the most important day of my life, but I wouldn't say the most important match of my life" - listen to Rodionova on BBC World Service's Sportshour

If Rodionova beats Sanders in the play-off-semi-finals, she will be back at Melbourne Park on Sunday for the final.

She told the Sydney Morning Heraldexternal-link she would be taking it easy at her wedding as a result, if she makes it that far.

"I don't think brides should be very drunk at the wedding," said the world number 309.

"That's not a good look, so I'm definitely not going to be having more than three. It should be good."

Arina Rodionova and Ty Vickery
Rodionova and Vickery will get married at 16:00 local time

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