SYDNEY - French Open champion Maria Sharapova is set to take part in the Brisbane International as a tune-up for January's Australian Open, along with Grigor Dimitrov, Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur. Sharapova, the world number four and five-time Grand Slam winner, will kick off 2015 at the competition in Queensland from January 4 to 11, organisers said Wednesday. "Brisbane is such a great tournament, I've tried to make it so many years and I finally made it in 2014 and it was such a great experience," said the Russian star, who bowed out to Serena Williams in the semi-finals. Defending champion Hewitt will return to the competition in a bid to win back-to-back titles after his victory over Roger Federer in the 2014 final. "I really enjoy starting my year in Brisbane," Hewitt said.–AFP