Sofya Velikaya of Russia learned her opponent in the last 64 ©Getty Images

Olympic silver medallist and top seed Sofya Velikaya of Russia will face American Leanne Singleton-Comfort in the last 64 at the International Fencing Federation Women's Sabre World Cup in Salt Lake City.

Singleton-Comfort progressed to the main phase of her home event with victory in her two preliminary bouts at Salt Palace Convention Center.

The American beat Beatrice Dalla Vechia of Italy 15-12, before overcoming Lee Ra-jin of South Korea 15-11.

Singleton-Comfort will be hoping to spring a huge upset when she faces Velikaya, a two-time individual world champion who was part of the Russian squad which won team gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The winner of the contest will secure a place in the last 32, with all knockout rounds, including the final, scheduled to take place tomorrow.

A team competition will round off the World Cup on Sunday (December 15).