Re: WWW AO Q1: Kristina Mladenovic vs. Heather Watson
That's true; Mladenovic got this wildcard when she was in a similar or even a worse position than Garcia is in now, but I don't think there was anyone marginally better or more 'deserving' when she got it in 2009. Still, Robson received a qualifying wildcard last year because of the Hopman Cup appearance and I had a faint idea in my mind that a similar thing would happen. No disrespect to Garcia, though; I have no idea about her other than that she DOES have top 100 scalps, so a kind draw could end well for her; or, perhaps, ideally she could draw a top player and be on a televised court / stadium. A part of me wants Mladenovic to win this match just so she can get into the draw despite Garcia getting the wildcard; though, I'm thankful she even managed to get into the qualifying as an alternate. It'd have been a travesty if she'd have had to miss out on the tournament entirely.
Also as a side note, this is more of an "excuse" that anything but it didn't help Kristina's ranking that she was so unfortunately injured last year; however, if this is truly why her ranking is where it is now, missing out on this tournament shouldn't matter as, if healthy, she should climb steadily up throughout the rest of the year anyway.