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US Open Wildcards...

There are eight and other than Clijsters and the two reciprocal ones, I bet they all go to Americans.

Here are my predictions, I bet six are correct:

1. Kim Clijsters (we already know she is making her comeback here).
2. Australian Reciprocal Wildcard [Rogowska] (I bet they give it to her, she's the most talented youngster).
3. French Reciprocal Wildcard [Mladenovic] (she has performed well in her major showings this year and in juniors).
4. USA 18's winner.
5. Julie Ditty (highest-ranked American who won't get in probably).
6. Kristie Ahn (qualified last year, is obviously talented, and is from nearby).
7. Laura Granville (is on the comeback trail and playing pretty well).
8. CoCo Vandeweghe (she got one last year and won the juniors, so she'll definitely get one this year).

I'm assuming Mattek-Sands, Glatch, King, and Lepchenko will all get in. Albanese is my alternate seeing as Ditty might not get one...

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Re: US Open Wildcards...

If harkleroad is ready, she'll def. get one

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Re: US Open Wildcards...

Okay so this thread could be for WC's and the other can be for US Open series wc's

Daniilidou. Venus. Azarenka. Halep. Wickmayer.
Cornet. Ivanovic. Vesnina.. Vaidisova. Krajicek.
Paszek. Begu. Cirstea. Lisicki. Pavlyuchenkova.
Pironkova. Stephens. Tatishvili. McHale. Flipkens.
Grammatikopoulou ~ Papamichail ~ Sakkari
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Re: US Open Wildcards...

MD WC's:
1.Clijsters
2.Mladenovic
3.Rogowska
4.U18 Winner
5.Ahn
6.Vandeweghe
7.Harkleroad
8.Jackson
*Granville and Shaughnessy will probably use SR's

QWC's:
1.Robson
2.Keys
3.McHale
4.Brodsky
5.Stephens
6.Gibbs
7.Mueller
8.Moulton-Levy

Daniilidou. Venus. Azarenka. Halep. Wickmayer.
Cornet. Ivanovic. Vesnina.. Vaidisova. Krajicek.
Paszek. Begu. Cirstea. Lisicki. Pavlyuchenkova.
Pironkova. Stephens. Tatishvili. McHale. Flipkens.
Grammatikopoulou ~ Papamichail ~ Sakkari
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Re: US Open Wildcards...

MD WC's:
1.Clijsters-defo
2.Mladenovic....the only other outside chance could be Pavlovic but I doubt it
3.Rogowska...the only if is if she has already used up all WC's? Explanation from someone would be good. If so, maybe Moore
4.U18 Winner
5. Albanese
6.Vandeweghe
7.Brengle
8. Car Cullickon-ok, this is just me hoping!!

McHale is maybe the next one to consider
The Haynes (who has heaps of help before) and Perry are the next two I would have thought. The fact that they have had plenty of chnaces before may go against them.
Julie Ditty is a sweetheart but I don't think so
I's say Liliah and Abi Spears defo not

* Harkelroad (if back) Granville and Shaughnessy will probably use SR's...if not defo a shot at a MDWC
I'm asusming Glatch & King are in- if not they'll get one for sure

QWC's:
1.McHale -if no MD WC
2.Keys
3.Muhammad
4.Brodsky
5.Stephens
6.Ahn
7.Asha Rolle
8. Either Moulton Levy (pretty big rise in last year, if none in singles, she shold be rewarded with a MDWC)Weinhold, Gibbs Mueller or Cecil


If Alex Stevo not in QD on own merit, then maybe she is a shot for QDWC. Not a MD one though
Jamea Jackson is a ?? If available, she will get one in either draw
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Re: US Open Wildcards...

Don't the USTA have an under 25 age rule for US Open main draw wildcards that go to Americans?

If so;
1 - Kim Clijsters (BEL)
2 - Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
3 - Australia
4 - Lauren Albanese (USA)
5 - Christina McHale (USA)
6 - Kristie Ahn (USA)
7 - CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)
8 - Sloane Stephens (USA)
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Re: US Open Wildcards...

Glatch is on the cusp. Depending on how many women use their SRs, Glatch and King may not get in directly. They'll need to wait for withdrawals. Then, the USTA has to decide if they want to award them WCs or to wait and hope withdrawals occur. (Or, offer WCs and if they get in, give the WC to someone else).
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Re: US Open Wildcards...

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There are eight and other than Clijsters and the two reciprocal ones, I bet they all go to Americans.

Here are my predictions, I bet six are correct:

1. Kim Clijsters (we already know she is making her comeback here).
2. Australian Reciprocal Wildcard [Rogowska] (I bet they give it to her, she's the most talented youngster).
3. French Reciprocal Wildcard [Mladenovic] (she has performed well in her major showings this year and in juniors).
4. USA 18's winner.
5. Julie Ditty (highest-ranked American who won't get in probably).
6. Kristie Ahn (qualified last year, is obviously talented, and is from nearby).
7. Laura Granville (is on the comeback trail and playing pretty well).
8. CoCo Vandeweghe (she got one last year and won the juniors, so she'll definitely get one this year).

I'm assuming Mattek-Sands, Glatch, King, and Lepchenko will all get in. Albanese is my alternate seeing as Ditty might not get one...
If Granville, Shaughnessy, and Harkleroad all use SRs, King and Glatch will be 3 and 4 out. We'll have to wait for the official entry list.

No way Ditty gets a WC. Granville won't need a WC. Ahn and Coco are almost 100% locks.
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Re: US Open Wildcards...

what are the chances of paz getting a QWC since she did the finals last year here? (as a junior)





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Re: US Open Wildcards...

With three mandatory wild cards (Aussie, French, 18 & Under) and Clijsters already promised one, there's not much room left even if King and Glatch both gain direct entry. Julie Ditty has no chance whatsoever. She only missed the main draw by one or two spots last year and still got stuck in qualifying. Two years ago, Lilia Osterloh was in the Top 100 and had to play qualies! I'm not aware of any official age restrictions for the WCs, but it's no secret the USTA favors young prospects.

Also bear in mind that they've given at least one women's singles main draw wild card to an African-American every year since 1997. It probably won't be Rolle or Jackson again, but that still leaves Asia Muhammad, Shenay Perry, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Angela Haynes, etc. If I had to bet on it right now, I'd guess...

1) Clijsters
2) Rogowska (or Moore)
3) Mladenovic
4) USTA 18s winner
5) Vandeweghe
6) Ahn
7) Muhammad (or Stephens, but the Agassi connection surely helps Asia)
8) McHale (or Glatch if she needs it)
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Re: US Open Wildcards...

This week determines entry rankings and King is at 106, Glatch at 108 meaning they'll need WCs.

Hopefully, if they give one to Glatch, they do not immediately reward it on the entry list (Not sure how this works 100&#37. This way, if she does get in after some withdrawals, the WC isn't wasted.

With 4 allocated, the US Women look like Glatch, Ahn, Coco and either Sloane or McHale -- for sure. If Glatch can get in, they should give it to the other of Sloane and McHale.

Asia's results this year have been horrid and I would hope the USTA would not be foolish enough to give her a MD WC. In the qualies, at least she could sneak a win and get some points.

As for King, it looks like she'll have the Osterloh/Ditty scenario where the USTA will hope she qualifies so they don't look stupid. (Both girls would go on to lose in the opening qualifying round.) Of course, with some withdrawals, she'll get in the MD. She'll be 2 out at the minimum -- most likely more, considering we are not sure how many players will use their SRs (Shaughnessy, Granville, etc.).
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I hope Lauren Albanese gets one of the MD WC. Her results this year is pretty solid, albeit the inconsistency from time to time. She won her match as a WC in 2006. Doubt she's getting it tho.
Glatch will definitely get one and Coco for winning the junior last year. The other two will be Sloane Stephens and Christina McHalen tho I believe one of them will win the Girl's 18 which will leave a spot to either Kristie Ahn or hopefully Mallory Cecill (NCAA winner)



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If Harkleroad is ready she will get a WC no doubt. She was playing too well before and the USTA will throw her one. She's still young enough (24) compared to the others using SRs. If the USTA has a brain they'll give her a WC for the simple fact that it'll allow her to save her SR until Australia. Stephens is another lock followed by McHale since they are two juniors that are doing things. Coco won juniors last year so she's a lock even though she hasn't done much this year. Ahn hasn't been extremely impressive so I think that leaves her and Cecil as QWCs. King and Glatch should have played some of the American ITFs to get themselves locked in. They easily could have gotten there so its hard to sympathize if they get left out.
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Well the USTA used to always give a WC to the NCAA champion but once colleges started recruting tons and tons of foreign players that rule stopped. I think Audra Cohen was given a WC when she won though, so I think Mallory Cecil definitely deserves a MD WC, considering she won the title as a freshman at Duke.

Asia Muhammad certainly does not deserve a MD WC, she has been SHIT this whole year. I watched her lose to Julia Cohen last week for crying out loud.

Clijsters, Mladenovic, and Rogowska are locks I think. Hopefully Sloane Stephens wins the U18's and gets a MD WC as well. From there I think Vandeweghe will get one for winning the juniors last year even though she has done nothing since. I guess Glatch will get a WC, I don't understand why she didn't play 50K Grapevine or some other tournament to try to raise her ranking to make the cutoff. Same thing with Vania King.

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Considering how few discretionary wild cards they have at their disposal, I doubt the USTA would give one to Harkleroad when she can get in with a protected ranking. She's certainly eligible for one. WTA rules say "in cases of absences due to maternity leave, for a player to be eligible for a Special Ranking, such player must be ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of the birth of her child." Ashley would meet that stipulation and was ranked in the top 100 when she stopped playing, so she's good to go for the main draw if she's ready in time.

Meanwhile, I can't imagine Glatch getting left out of the main draw after the strides she's made this year. If she needs a wild card (which I guess is looking likely), the USTA will repay her for her Fed Cup heroics.
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