Henin didn't play in the 2007 Grand Slam event for person reasons. Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova in the Australian final last year and both players -- and 2006 titlist Amelie Mauresmo and world No. 3 Jelena Jankovic -- are in the top half of the women's single draw for the 2008 Australian Open.
The top-seeded Henin will open her tournament Aiko Nakamura,
A key possible early round matchup could see Sharapova, seeded fifth, facing the unseeded but resurgent Lindsay Davenport.
With eighth-seeded Venus Williams in the lower half of the draw, there could be an all-Williams final. But Venus Williams who won at Wimbledon last year, would need to survive possible matchups against fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals.