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post #1 of 104 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 2006, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Question Should #1 ranked doubles player Lisa Raymond recieve a Australian Open MainDraw WC?

I say YES. #1, Lisas singles career has been hindered by advancing to the later rds in doubles draws in tournaments, thus affecting her singles ranking in a negative way. This leaves her unable to compete in the next weeks singles qualifying rds. #2, She has advanced to the QFs of the Aussie Open and has amassed a 16-12 singles record. #3 has won the australian open doubles title #4 is Australias Sam Stosurs Doubles partner Well ok..the last one is a bit of a joke! #5, I still believe that on a good day Lisa can take out half of the girls/ladys within the top 100. #6, Above all: Being the #1 doubles player ( and an established top 100 singles player for over 12 years ) in the world should warrent a singles wc on its own merit...IMO... I say give her 5 or 6 MainDraw WCs at the begining of the year. I think she deserves this chance to get her ranking up. If she fails to accumulate enough points to get her back into the top 100 or so then she will have to either become a doubles specialist or concentrate on her singles career for awhile.

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Definitely! Give it to Lisa!


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Re: Should #1 ranked doubles player Lisa Raymond recieve an Australian Open MainDraw WC?

I don't think your first reason is that good. Sam played those doubles matches as well and she still maintained a good singles ranking. Yes i'll admit she's younger, but I still Lisa has always played a lot of doubles and was still able to maintain a decent singles ranking.

I think the fact that she has been a solid player for over 10 years would be the best reason for her to be given a wildcard.

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Re: Should #1 ranked doubles player Lisa Raymond recieve an Australian Open MainDraw

Yes! All good points I might add...

Lisa was in the top 35 from 1996-2004! She deserves a WC
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I don't think your first reason is that good. Sam played those doubles matches as well and she still maintained a good singles ranking. Yes i'll admit she's younger, but I still Lisa has always played a lot of doubles and was still able to maintain a decent singles ranking.

I think the fact that she has been a solid player for over 10 years would be the best reason for her to be given a wildcard.
Yes... thats very true Lisa could do it all at Sams age aswell . I think she became a bit fatigued last year during allot of her singles matches at the age of 33. Still...i think she deserves another chance at a singles career. If she can get herself back into the top 100 then she will have more opportunitys in the MainDraws. Lisa played allot of matches ( doubles, singles, mixed ) last year. She has basicly done this her whole career. I think it just caught up to her singles game for awhile last year. Thanks for your input!
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Re: Should #1 ranked doubles player Lisa Raymond recieve a Australian Open MainDraw WC?

Personally, I don't think she should receive one. Lisa is a great doubles player but there simply aren't enough wildcards on offer. For once, some Aussie girls can be in the MD of a WTA event, Lisa should attempt to qualify like every other player around her ranking

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Re: Should #1 ranked doubles player Lisa Raymond recieve a Australian Open MainDraw WC?

Errm there is one US Wildcard being given out already, If she doesn't get it then I don't think she will get one.

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I think she deserves one! Go Lisa!

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Personally, I don't think she should receive one. Lisa is a great doubles player but there simply aren't enough wildcards on offer. For once, some Aussie girls can be in the MD of a WTA event, Lisa should attempt to qualify like every other player around her ranking
It will be tough as Lisa and Sam will be playing doubles in Sydney the week of the quali rds You know they will go deep ..see what i mean
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Re: Should #1 ranked doubles player Lisa Raymond recieve a Australian Open MainDraw WC?

the joke reason is probably actually the one that will most likely get her one more than the others as her connections with Australia through Stubbs and Stosur no doubt makes her a name Australians know and would watch.

On one hand she deserves one but at the same time I think she's lost the motivation for singles and often gives up in matches these days when they get too hard. So maybe a younger player would make better use of it.
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Re: Should #1 ranked doubles player Lisa Raymond recieve a Australian Open MainDraw WC?

Although I think she is FAR more deserving than a few of the Aussies who will get one, (nothing can be done about that, every slam does the same thing...) she would not be my first choice for the US WC...

but she IS a multiple doubles champion and has done great things for doubles, so I wouldn't be upset if she got one.
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Re: Should #1 ranked doubles player Lisa Raymond recieve a Australian Open MainDraw WC?

absolutely not. The Aussie's need those WC's for their own players, and the one USTA wildcard should go to an up-and-coming player.

Raymond can skip doubles for one week during Sydney to play AO qualies.
She has played in 46 consecutive Grand Slam singles maindraws, she might as well take a stab at extending that streak.

She should get some WC's at the American tournies, Memphis, IW, Miami, Amelia.
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Re: Should #1 ranked doubles player Lisa Raymond recieve a Australian Open MainDraw WC?

I'm sorry, but wtf for? It's the AUSTRALIAN OPEN... if they wanna give her a WC to the USO then go for it...Lisa's singles has been sucking for most of last year...let her play quallies.

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It will be tough as Lisa and Sam will be playing doubles in Sydney the week of the quali rds You know they will go deep ..see what i mean
So then maybe lisa should decide if she wants to focus on her doubles, or try to qualify for AO in singles... she could skip Sydney in doubles of course - it's not compulsory for her to play there.

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