[QUOTE=Andrew.]Here is a much better article:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- The Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament gave its three wild cards Thursday to Olympic player Lisa Raymond and two other Americans, while it lost other players to the Olympics and injury.
No. 40 Raymond, who is also a top-ranked doubles player, enters the tournament on a wild card, along with No. 80 Mashona Washington and No. 91 Shenay Perry.
Some players who planned to compete, including No. 13 Ai Sugiyama of Japan and No. 15 Paola Suarez of Argentina, dropped out of the tournament because they were still playing in the Olympics by the time of the entry deadline.
Other players withdrew because of injury and illness. No. 18 Karolina Sprem of Croatia and No. 34 Jelena Dokic of Serbia both pulled out because they said they needed more time to rest before the U.S. Open. No. 46 Tara Pisnik of Slovenia dropped out because of a neck injury.
Players who are taking the places of the dropouts include No. 42 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, and No. 48 Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand.
Meanwhile, Carolyn McVeigh, 14, of New Canaan, was given a wild-card entry into the qualifying draw.
Play begins with qualifying rounds Friday. The finals are scheduled for Aug. 28 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.[/QUOTE Does anyone see a TREND with the WCs from this tourney and the US open ??