Elena Baltacha has 50,000 good reasons to reach the Eastbourne quarter-finals but she must overcome two of the game's giants before the sponsors hand over what would be the largest pay-cheque of her career.
The British No 1 will be looking to benefit from the sponsors' generous offer whereby any home player who reaches the last eight will cash in.
She banked £ 19,000 after reaching the Australian Open third round in January, but £50,000 at Eastbourne would amount to receiving half her career prize money in one welcome lump.
However her first-round opponent is Spain's Conchita Martinez, the 1994 Wimbledon champion, and even if Baltacha passes that test against an admittedly fading force, former world No 1 Kim Clijsters awaits in round two.
Eastbourne's Hastings Direct Women's Championship this week is the final tune-up ahead of Wimbledon for the elite women.
Wild cards for Baltacha and Amanda Janes gives the tournament British interest.
Baltacha, aged 21, insists she is well capable of standing up to top-50 players on grass, her favoured surface, despite her own ranking standing at 121st.
The girl who suffers from an incurable liver disorder explained: "Whenever I've come back from an enforced break I've always realised what this time of the year means to me. I'm lucky in many ways. I've had probes put into my neck to assess my condition and the doctor once said my liver was as bad as some famous cases, but I just don't drink alcohol or eat the wrong things.
"I'm seeing some great players here this week but I can live with them on a good day, and if you get to them before they have adjusted to the grass surface they sometimes fall away."
The standard of entry is high for the tournament which takes place in this week, with the final on Saturday to allow players to head for Wimbledon for the June 20 start.
The likes of Billie-Jean King, Chris Evert, Virginia Wade and Martina Navratilova have previously won at Devonshire Park, and the likes of Clijsters, world No 3 Amelie Mauresmo and Anastasia Myskina will look to follow suit.
Baltacha and Janes are the lone British entries, after four home players - Jane O'Donoghue, Katie O ' Brien, Rebecca Llewellyn and Anne Keothavong - failed to get through the qualifying tournament.
Janes, daughter of former French Open champion Christine Truman, begins against eighth seed Nathalie Dechy of France.