A STRONG field is shaping up for this month's William Loud Bendigo Women's International tennis tournament following the release of the acceptances.
Among those who have signalled their intention to play in the $50,000 tournament are Australian's Ashleigh Barty (ranked 129 in the world), Olivia Rogowska (157) and Casey Dellacqua (167, pictured).
Dellacqua is a former winner of the Bendigo International, having taken the title out in 2011.
The highest-ranked player in the acceptors is Japan's Kurumi Nara, who has a world ranking of 87.
Nara last month made it through to the third round of the US Open.
The defending Bendigo International champion is Russia's Arina Rodionova, who plans to return in a bid for back-to-back.
France's Irena Pavlovic is also among the acceptors. She was runner-up to Alicia Molik at the Bendigo International in 2009.
"There's a very strong international flavour to it, which is fantastic," Bendigo Tennis Association executive officer Leon Retallick said on Saturday.
"We've got a very good list of acceptors... some will withdraw, but we're confident we'll have a very good field for the tournament."
A field of 32 will contest the tournament at the Bendigo Bank Tennis Complex, with Bendigo's Eliza Long also set to be among those vying for the title.
The field will include the top 24-ranked acceptors, plus two wildcards, two special exemptions and four qualifiers.
Qualifying will be held on October 20-21, with the main draw to run from October 22-27.