Anastasia Rodionova of Australia reacts after losing a point against Jie Zheng of China during the first day of the WTA Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
Osama Faisal
December 17, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Arina Rodionova has a big day planned Saturday - a semifinal match in an Australian Open wildcard qualifier and, in a fairly huge conflict for timing, her wedding.

The Russian-born Australian is into the semifinals of the Australian Open playoffs, which could see her gain a spot in the main draw for the first Grand Slam tournament of 2016 if she wins Sunday's final.

Only trouble is that she's also set to marry Australian Rules football player Ty Vickery at 4 p.m. Saturday.

With some help from tournament organizers and her opponent, Storm Sanders, the match has been moved to 9 a.m. from a scheduled afternoon start.

Temperatures in Melbourne are forecast to reach 41 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) on Saturday afternoon - not too dissimilar to the weather in Melbourne during the Australian Open in January.

Rodionova has already had an eventful week - she celebrated her 26th birthday on Tuesday.

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