MELBOURNE (AFP) Asian players go into the opening Grand Slam of the season with plenty still to prove, and at least one will be going home on Monday. The regions best hopes at the Australian Open lie with Li Na and Zheng Jie, while Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm lurks as a dark horse. But their numbers have been boosted with Chinas Han Xinyun coming through qualifying. There are now 10 Asian women in the tournament, two more than last year, but only Taiwans Lu Yen-Hsun in the men. Once again Li and Zheng carry the baton for Asia. Other Asian women in the main draw are fellow Japanese Ayumi Morita (91), Taiwanese pair Chan Yung-jan (85) and Chang Kai-Chen (94) and evergreen Thai star Tamarine Tanasugarn (99). Li has long been Asias most high-profile player and continued her steady rise last year, winning through to the fourth round at Roland Garros and making her second Grand Slam quarter-final appearance at the US Open. A first round exit at the ASB Classic in Auckland didnt bode well but she bounced back with an impressive victory over US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki, now world number four, at the Sydney International last week. She opens her tournament on Tuesday against New Zealands Marina Erakovic. Zheng, who has won three tour singles titles and 11 doubles titles, including the 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon doubles trophies, made the fourth round last year but has been drawn against Peng in the first round. While one of them will be going home on Monday, Zheng is confident that Chinese players will continue improving. I think people can see the improvement in our ranking in the last few years, she recently told reporters. They can see more Chinese players active on the tennis scene. So I think there will be a top 10 player from China. Mirza, who won the mixed doubles title partnered by Mahesh Bhupathi last year, has a tough first round tie against French 26th seed Aravane Rezai. She said her key focus this year was staying fit. Once again, there is little hope for the Asian men, who have been in the doldrums for years. While Japans hottest new prospect Kei Nishikori climbed the rankings last year, he has since faded after an elbow injury forced him onto the sidelines. He has yet to fully recover and has withdrawn from the Australian Open. It leaves Taiwans Lu as Asias only mens hope. He opens this year against Irelands Louk Sorensen.