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Oz Open Wild card news...from Oz Open Website...

....surpises for me eharing about French lady WC......

Really sad for Loit (that si if she hasn't retired) After 10 years of great performances for France, they don;t consdier her when she is a bit down....I obviously don't have the full story- who knows what happened....


I also thought Asia Tennis Fed cracked it or had a 'differnece of opinion' with ITF and Tennis OZ and no more Asian Wikcrads. No Asia WC play off so they go to highest Asian not in draw- friggin dumb , should be higgest asian whose country is not represneted- this was the way it used to be before WC playoff. All due repect to Yuan, but it shouldn't be Chinese player in this case.


Anyways, here is the article from Oz Open website
Six players from the United States, France and Asia have been granted wildcards to the main draw of Australian Open 2009.

The wildcards are awarded under exchange agreements with the United States Tennis Association, French Tennis Federation and the Asian Tennis Federation.

John Isner and Christina McHale earned their place in the main draw after winning the USTA wildcard tournament in Florida in late December.

Isner, 23, of Florida, finished 2008 ranked No.144 in the world. He appeared in the main draw of all four Grand Slams in 2008, and lost in the first round of Australian Open 2008 to France’s Fabrice Santoro. The former University of Georgia standout won his second career USTA Pro Circuit Challenger title in Texas in September.

Sixteen-year-old McHale of New Jersey will be making her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open. Starting 2008 ranked world No.712, a successful year on the USTA Pro Circuit, where she reached the semis in Augusta and quarterfinals in San Diego and Florida, saw her rise to a year-end ranking of 377. McHale also reached the girls’ singles final at the prestigious 18/u Orange Bowl, and led the USA to an historic Junior Fed Cup win in Mexico in September.

The French-nominated wildcards have gone to Adrian Mannarino and Kristina Mladenovic.

Mannarino has risen nearly 200 ranking points in the past 12 months and is currently ranked 129. His best 2008 results include winning the Jersey Challenger and reaching the finals in Rennes, and winning Futures events in France and Great Britain.

Fifteen-year-old Mladenovic achieved some impressive results on the junior circuit in 2008, including semifinal appearances on three surfaces – hardcourt at the US Open Juniors, clay at the Grade 1 Gerry Weber Open and grass at Roehampton. Her world junior ranking is 11.

Australian Open wildcards have also been awarded to the two highest ranked Asian players not yet in the main draw, Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan and Yuan Meng from China.

This is Istomin’s second appearance at the Australian Open. In 2008 he was also awarded a wildcard and won an epic four set match against Lukas Lacko. He went on to push Lleyton Hewitt to four sets before losing in the second round. Currently ranked 109, Istomin improved his ranking by more than 100 points in 2008 with wins at two Challenger events in Uzbekistan, and reached the finals in the Ukraine and Russia.

Currently ranked 127, Yuan’s Australian Open wildcard ensures a much easier passage into the tournament than in 2008 when she battled through quallies to reach the maindraw. She scored a win over Russian Ekaterina Ivanova in the first round before falling to the power of Serena Williams in the second.

The final Australian Open discretionary wildcards (four men and four women) will be announced within the next week.

Current Australian Open wildcards:

Men: Colin Ebelthite (Play-off winner), John Isner (USTA), Adrian Mannarino (French), Denis Istomin (Asia)

Women: Jelena Dokic (Play-off winner), Christina McHale (USTA), Kristina Mladenovic (French), Yuan Meng (Asia).
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I don't doubt Mladenovic's talent but she is going to be annihilated in the main draw if she faces any non-slumping player.

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eugh i hate yuan.

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I like Yuan but Kimiko deserved it soooooo much more
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Kristina is going to struggle. I hope it doesn't break her spirit too much, she's still so young.

It would have been nice for some young Asian players who have been having some decent results to be considered. I mean, Meng Yuan would be in the qualifying draw anyway. A bit of a waste of a WC in my opinion.
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i cant believe yuan got it instead of yan

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Cannot believe Yan didn't get the asian WC.

I know Mladenovic is one of france's top juniors, but seriously a grand slam main draw wild card is too much. Her best win on tour is over a player ranked #711 in the world, talk about throwing her in at the deep end!! If she gets double bagelled by a top 20 player, it might wreck for confidence

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I can't believe asian players even got a wild cards after the federation started complaining. Crap news for Australian players anyway.

Yaun is a pretty average pusher so they should have looked past the rankings and gave it to someone who deserved it..but what ever. Bad news all around.

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What a retarded choice as an Asian wildcard... This girl has no talent whatsoever.

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but actually, come to think of it - we always seem to slate the wild card choices then get proven dramatically wrong

Zheng - Wimbledon SF
Bremond - USO R4
Yuan - AO QF????

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Please give Anna Wishink a quallie WC!

Mladenovic is probably not the best option for the French WC. Yes she's a good junior but at 15 and having not much experience on the ITF/WTA tour a quallie WC would have been better for her if she had to get one (but I know we don't have the agreement with France for quallies).

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but actually, come to think of it - we always seem to slate the wild card choices then get proven dramatically wrong

Zheng - Wimbledon SF
Bremond - USO R4
Yuan - AO QF????
Sure, she will moonball her way to the final!

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but actually, come to think of it - we always seem to slate the wild card choices then get proven dramatically wrong

Zheng - Wimbledon SF
Bremond - USO R4
Yuan - AO QF????
zheng was in top 30 before her injury.

but yuan always stayed around #80 to #100 Well, please just win one match.

Yan Zi'd be awarded a WC instead of Yuan as she was 2006 WD Champion here and in top 40 before and also had some great wins on Serbian players.

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I'm pleased for Meng! She played some great tennis last year, especially in the 1st round of the main draw. She's quite a diverse player and not just a moonballer and can play a hard flat game when tactically its a good option for her.

I hope she can win a round or two, she always plays well at the Australian Open. The crowd certainly loved her against Serena last year.
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the crap thing is that Yan is ranked higher than Yuan???? I don't get it.

Under the old agreement KSENIA PALKINA should get it being the highest ranked Asian whose country isnt represented (I think the old rule also stimpuklated the player had to be Top 250- so she woudl def have got it)

Doln;t know much about Palkina myslef.....

I don't doubt the young FRrebch girl has telent....I just thought if they were going to support a player Emilie could have done with it

Or for a youth policy, Fedossova (who they have helped bbefore)Huck or Pavlovic may have been more obvious choices ....again saw Fedossova 2 years ago when she got the Wc and am surprised she is ranked as low is she is. Don't know Voilette or Irena.....
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