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Wild Cards

Alina Jidkova won the most random pre-Q WC event ever

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While in El Paso, I have heard that there is a pre-qualifying tournament for the US Open wild card. And since my ranking of today would not permit me to get into US Open, I have decided to enter the pre-quali.
I have never played anything like this before. Wait, I am laying. I did play the pre-quali of Miami one time. Like in 1998. But it was close to home. This tournament had not much info,except that it was held in Dallas, TX. And it was a bit confusing how the schedule was made. After researching for a while I understood that I was playing on Tuesday at 12pm. I looked at the draw and saw only one familiar name on it.
When I got to Dallas, I didn't know what to expect. I found out that the draw was 64, not 32. There were no referees until the quarters. No water or towels and I had to check in and hour before each match. Hmmm...interesting.
By the time I got to play the "familiar name" girl, I had to win 3 matches and she only won one-60 60. Oh well.
The finals was at 9am. And I am telling you its the earliest finals I have ever played! I got up at 6am that morning. I won the match, and the sectional, but can't say I had it that easy. There was one 3 sets match and 2 well fought ones. Three times I had to get up at 6am, eat the boring oatmeal, and play 3 of my 6 matches. I almost passed out in the semis, because of the heat exhaustion. But I got through it all and was happy about it.
I also won a nice "Olympus" camera, and was instructed to film my preparation for the Playoff finals. It was nice, because most of the tournaments don't even give you a gift anymore. My boyfriend joked, that I got some money back for the trip by getting a camera.
I was exhausted but wanted to fly home asap. Thank God I was able to change my ticket to that same evening. So I said bye to my friends who housed me in Dallas, picked up some peacock feathers from the ground and drove to the airport. I still can't believe my friends had wild peacocks in their back yard! Incredible!

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post #2 of 120 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 2010, 07:50 PM
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Yeah, those are the "National Playoffs" that Bode Miller (the Oympic skier) competed in. The USTA promoted it like it was just going to be random people off the street trying for a spot in US Open qualifying, but some recognizable pros popped up in the various regions. Cecil Mamiit and Jeff Tarango wound up against each other in one of the men's draws. Jidkova won her sectional, but that just means she's one of the 16 women advancing to the finals later this month in Atlanta. Here's the list...

Katerina Sevcikova
Megan Falcon
Kaitlyn Christian
Eleanor Peters
Romana Tedjakusuma
Rachel Kahan
Jan Abaza
Brittany Augustine
Maureen Diaz
Evangeline Repic
Alexandra Mueller
Samantha Powers
Courtney Dolehide
Jessica Pegula
Belinda Niu
Alina Jidkova

Alinka's already said this will be her last year on tour, so it would be really nice to see her make it back to Flushing Meadows. Crazy number of matches to have to win just to earn a place in the regular qualies!
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Re: Wild Cards

Noooo, I always make wildcard threads .

I didn't even know Jidkova was still playing though!!! Anyhow, I hope Augustine wins.

My number one: Victoria Azarenka

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Re: Wild Cards

Is there a WC for tennis Australia ?

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^Yes. Here are my predictions :

1. TBD (Australian reciprocal... So maybe ).
2. TBD (French reciprocal).
3. TBD (US 18's winner).;
4. Chelsey Gullickson (NCAA champion).
5. Alison Riske (for Birmingham).
6. Jamie Hampton (because she has done so well in ITF events this year).
7. Christina McHale (they seem to like her, and she has done fairly well this year. Didn't she win a round last year too?).
8. Sloane Stephens (she's a promising junior ).

I would say Riske, Hampton, and McHale are locks. Julia Cohen is a good possibility in my mind. IDK who else is really worthy...

My number one: Victoria Azarenka

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Fuck what some people say, Julia Cohen deserves one.

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I would say Riske, Hampton, and McHale are locks. Julia Cohen is a good possibility in my mind. IDK who else is really worthy...
Coco Vandeweghe recently won two challengers in a row and broke into the Top 200. I don't know if she'll get one this year, but she'd at least be in the discussion.
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Coco Vandeweghe recently won two challengers in a row and broke into the Top 200. I don't know if she'll get one this year, but she'd at least be in the discussion.
I'd actually pick her for one over Chelsey Gullickson - Too many young prospects this year to overlook for a spot really. Last year they gave one to Mallory Cecil and she won a single game off of Garbin. I think NCAA champs are better suited for qualifying WC's.

Riske, Hampton, and McHale would all seem like locks, and I'd expect Stephens to take one too. Anyone else taking those 5 spots would be a surprise to me really..

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The WCs seem so obvious this year.

McHale
Riske
Hampton
Vandeweghe
Stephens

Plus the 3 others. The other girls should hope one of those girls wins the 18s.
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The WCs seem so obvious this year.

McHale
Riske
Hampton
Vandeweghe
Stephens

Plus the 3 others. The other girls should hope one of those girls wins the 18s.
Not sure about McHale being obvious.

Curious to see if Razzano gets the French one.
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Not sure about McHale being obvious.

Curious to see if Razzano gets the French one.
McHale is probably the biggest lock of them all.
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The WCs seem so obvious this year.

McHale
Riske
Hampton
Vandeweghe
Stephens

Plus the 3 others. The other girls should hope one of those girls wins the 18s.
Exactly. Any of these 5 not getting it would be stupid, especially if it's for the likes of Julia Cohen.


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McHale is probably the biggest lock of them all.
IKR?

I think the one that is the most doubtful is Coco Vandeweghe.

1. French
2. Australian
3. NCAA Champ : Chelsey Gullickson (Mallory Cecil got last year for winning NCAA.)
4. Christina McHale
5. Alison Riske
6. Jamie Hampton
7. Sloane Stephens
8. Nat 18 Champ

Coco better pray hard that Sloane wins the Nat 18.



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French Wild Card

Well, I think that the decision for the French WC will be between Virginie Razzano and Olivia Sanchez.

Right now Virginie is ranking n°128 and can't get into the MD. She slumped from Top 20 to this ranking as she's been under injury for 5months now.

As far as Olivia is concerned, she's been back in good form in 2010. 2009 was a nightmare for us as closed friend tennis player Mathieu Montcourt died. She couldn't find motivation to train and compete.
Starting the year at n°313, she's now n°133 with 4 ITF titles under her belt (Rancho Mirage $25K, Laguna Nigel $25, Rio de Janeiro 2 $25K, Pozoblanco $50K).
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