Lilia Osterloh not getting a USO wildcard = absolutely outrageous
She BARELY missed the main draw cutoff in July, but since then has reached the quarters at Cincinnati and Stanford (including beating Bartoli), and then qualified for/reached the 2nd round of Los Angeles.
In four weeks, her ranking went from #112 to #76 and she STILL didn't get a main draw wildcard. I work with Lilia's best friend at ABC and she said that Lilia flew to New York today to prepare for the qualifying, where she will be the top seed. She was pissed off and rightfully so.
Julie Ditty got screwed as well. The USTA always gives a main draw wildcard to the american woman who racks up the most points on the USTA pro circuit during the year. Now that a 28 year old woman did the best on the circuit, they decide they're not going to give out the wildcard anymore and Julie is stuck playing qualifying.
The USTA really needs to re-evaluate who they give these wildcards too. Lilia had the best summer out of any American woman in singles and got NOTHING.