Wimbledon Wild Cards Announced
Four British women have received wild cards and will join Anne Keothavong in the main draw of the Grand Slam beginning on 23rd June. British number two Katie O’Brien who is through to round two at the WTA event in Birmingham will be playing in her fifth Wimbledon. The 22 year old from Yorkshire won a round at the All England Club last year and, having had an impressive year so far will be hoping to extend her run of form into The Championships.
Elena Baltacha, Mel South and Naomi Cavaday have also received wild cards into the main draw. Amanda Elliott, Anna Fitzpatrick, Georgie Stoop and Sarah Borwell all have the opportunity of joining them, having been given wild cards into the qualifying draw.
Three all British pairs, recommended by the LTA, have received wild cards into the doubles event, Anne Keothavong and Melanie South, Elena Baltacha and Naomi Cavaday and Amanda Elliott and Katie O’Brien will all play in the women’s draw.
Carl Maes, Head of Women’s Tennis, added: “All four girls who have been given main draw wild cards have been performing consistently well and have proved that they can perform well on grass. Those girls in qualifying have also shown me that they can challenge top 100 opposition and stand a good chance of challenging for a place in main draw.”
The wild card play-offs begin on Tuesday 10th June with the finalists in the men’s and women’s draws guaranteed wild cards into Wimbledon qualifying.
Elena Baltacha (GBR)
Naomi Cavaday (GBR)
Katie O’Brien (GBR)
Melanie South GBR
Urszula Radwankska (POL)
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
2 x Tba
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