Stephanie Gilmore of Australia in action on her way to win her sixth Roxy Pro at Gold Coast.
Stephanie Gilmore of Australia in action on her way to win her sixth Roxy Pro at Gold Coast. KELLY CESTARI - WSL

Six-time champ looking to break win drought

SURFING: New world No. 1 Stephanie Gilmore is hoping to finally end a winning drought in one of Australia's three legs of the world surf league.

Gilmore is this week chasing a change of fortune at one of the few surfing events in the world which have failed to deliver her victory, Margaret River.

Gilmore's highest place at the event since it became a leg of the WSL is a semi-final finish.

The six-time world champion also sustained a season-ending leg injury back in 2015 at the venue while free surfing.

Gilmore will take on a pair of surfers more than capable of causing an upset when the second leg of the World Surf League is activated this week.

The match-ups for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro have been released with Australian Laura Enever to miss the event with a leg injury.

In her place will be injury wildcard Bianca Buitendag, who Gilmore will meet in round one, along with Phillip Island surfer Nikki Van Dick.

World champion and defending event titleholder Tyler Wright has been drawn against fellow Aussie Keely Andrew and the winner of the trails.

Triple world champion and former two-time event winner Carissa Moore will meet world No. 2 Lakey Peterson from the US and France's Pauline Ado.

Former world tour runner up Sally Fitzgibbons will meet American Tatiana Weston-Webb and Brazilian Silvana Lima.

News Corp Australia

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