(11) Marion Bartoli
France's number one endured a poor 2012 by her standards and won't be expected to mount a strong challenge in Melbourne having never gone beyond the last eight.
Bartoli reached a career high of seven in the world rankings last January but having failed to win a tournament all year she dropped outside the top 10.
That said, despite several disappointing early exits, the 27-year-old managed to reach two finals, losing to Angelique Kerber in Paris last February and Dominika Cibulkova in Carlsbad - so it was not all doom and gloom.
Bartoli's performances in the Grand Slams have not exactly got the pulses racing since her shock run to the Wimbledon final back in 2007 and that trend continued, with a third-round appearance at the Australian Open the best she managed last year.
A surprise second-round defeat to Petra Martic in front of a home crowd at Roland Garros was followed by an even bigger upset at Wimbledon, where she crashed out to world number 129 Mirjana Lucic.
Bartoli, known for unusually playing double-handed off both wings, will be determined to remind tennis fans of her quality as she starts the new year.