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Question how soon will Anna have to start playing qualifiers?

i know that she met the eligibility for gold exempt/wild card for much of last year. what is her status for 2003? is she still eligible for wildcards or will she soon have to start playing qualifying rounds? how is this determined?

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As far as Im aware she can still get Gold Exempts, as she is ranked 12th on the rankings list, This will stand untill RG when they re-issue the list to meet the rankings and the fact Martina Hingis has gone etc.

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I don't see that Anna will ever have to play qualifying. She is simply too much of a draw to not receive WC's. However, the real question is, should Kournikova play qualies to get back into some sort of form? I think that until she gets back into some sort of form, playing qualies and getting that extra match practice could only help her.
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Will she want to play Qualifiers? She may want to get back into form and do well, but may not want to play qualies.

Anyone remember her match (with Hingis I think) when, despite her efforts to lose, they were leading, and she retired half-way through the third set, even though they were leading and she had no injuries?
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Anyone remember her match (with Hingis I think) when, despite her efforts to lose, they were leading, and she retired half-way through the third set, even though they were leading and she had no injuries?
I think you mean when she was playing with Natasha against Anke, and babsi in Mexico, but please remember that they also were trying to loose as well!

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probably NEVER. tournies would kill for Anna to be a part of them because lets face it, she brings in the $$$$$$$$$$. she'll prob get WC for ever until she's able to get in with her won ranking.

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As far as Im aware she can still get Gold Exempts, as she is ranked 12th on the rankings list, This will stand untill RG when they re-issue the list to meet the rankings and the fact Martina Hingis has gone etc.
thanks, this is what i wanted to know. thanks all.

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Unfortunately, the answer is probably NEVER! I hate to say this, but I think having to play qualies may be the wake-up call she needs. I think that by always being given a wildcard, she's not EARNING her way. So, I don't think she realizes how easy things are for her in a way. I just think that if she had to WORK to get there, then she would appreciate it more. Also, maybe if she played qualies, she would be in a winning groove by the time the main draw started.

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I think you mean when she was playing with Natasha against Anke, and babsi in Mexico, but please remember that they also were trying to loose as well!
I'm confused .....why is everyone trying to loose this match.
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I'm confused .....why is everyone trying to loose this match.
I can't remember I read an article about it, I think it was either they were unhappy with the accomodation or they just wanted to prepare for the next event, but I think it was the former, perhaps Im mixed up with something else. It is mentioned in venus envy on the chapter on Anna as well.

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i was just going to ask dava-russian rule this as a PM but i'll ask it here in light of your answer Simplify.

does having "gold exempt" status mean that Anna remains eligible for wildcards forever? i thought that it was only good for one calendar year and only bec she was ranked in the top 50. well she is well below that now so how does she remain eligible for gold exampt status?

understand that this is a separate question from why tournies would want to give her wildcards anyway. as long as he remains a draw, she will continue to get them i suppose.

as for your point (and others) apoet, it would be horrible for Anna to go out in qualifying rounds. i'm not sure that any tourny would want to risk that -- but i'm not sure that she would either.

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how soon will Anna have to start playing qualifiers?
When cows fly. Anna is bigger then all the players in the qualifying COMBINED.
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i was just going to ask dava-russian rule this as a PM but i'll ask it here in light of your answer Simplify.

does having "gold exempt" status mean that Anna remains eligible for wildcards forever? i thought that it was only good for one calendar year and only bec she was ranked in the top 50. well she is well below that now so how does she remain eligible for gold exampt status?

understand that this is a separate question from why tournies would want to give her wildcards anyway. as long as he remains a draw, she will continue to get them i suppose.

as for your point (and others) apoet, it would be horrible for Anna to go out in qualifying rounds. i'm not sure that any tourny would want to risk that -- but i'm not sure that she would either.
She is a highly marketable player, this is what these rankings are based on, how marketable the players, are, people like to see Anna play, so the tournamet directors want to her to go. Anna was top ten so as long as she stays popular with the crowds I cant see her falling off this list.

People say she should go and do qualies but if she did not accept these wild cards she would not be eligable for her cash bonus.

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TC, Anna plays so seldom now that playing the qualifying might actually be good for her play in the early rounds of tournaments. As apoet mentioned, Anna needs to play matches. And those matches would help her get into better form than she has shown recently. Anna might think playing the qualies is for lesser players. And I doubt Anna thinks of herself as a lesser player. I expect her to continue to accept every wildcard that is offered to her.

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...People say she should go and do qualies but if she did not accept these wild cards she would not be eligable for her cash bonus.
what cash bonus? how does this work?

and again let me restate my question. what exactly does "gold exempt status" mean? how long is it good for? is it something u get for a calendar year or is it something that you keep forever?

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