Rob Eyton Jones sent me this articel (which ehr wrote) to em 2day. It contains some great news (for me!)
BALTACHA EARNS WILD CARD TO EDINBURGH
Scottish No.1 Elena Baltacha has been awarded a main draw (7-12 May) wild
card into next week's Scottish Tennis Championships, Ladies' $25,000 event,
which returns to Edinburgh's Craiglockhart Tennis Centre from 4-12 May
The powerful red head, this week's British No.3 (world No. 222), first came
to national attention in November 2000 when she precociously reached the semi
finals of the National Championships and at last year's Scottish
Championships she reached the quarter finals - a respectable results for a
player who declares clay her 'worst surface'.
A year has changed a lot in the life of the Ukrainian-born, Middlesex-based
18 year old who is coached jointly by Alan Jones and Jo Durie.
A fine run in the grass court season saw her reach the semi finals of the
Surbiton $25,000 event and 10 days later she impressively won through the
qualifying rounds of the Eastbourne Tour event on the way to a first round
meeting with Conchita Martinez.
A week later she came under a more intense spotlight. Her Wimbledon senior
debut should have been an anonymous outside court introduction but a change
of plans shoved her under the intense glare of Centre Court.
She put up a respectable, if nervous, 6-1 7-5 fight against French girl
Natalie Dechy before progressing to the semi finals of the junior event where
she produced the joint third fastest women's serve of the Championships with
a howitzer of 118mph!
Baltacha and fellow wild cards Jane O'Donoghue (Lancashire) and Lucy Ahl
(Devon) will join a Craiglockhart draw which has a distinctly continental
Spanish clay court players - Nuria Llagostera-Vives, Lourdes Dominguez-Lino,
Conchita Martinez-Granados and Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo - are all likely to be
seeded. And competitors from Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic
France, Germany Italy, Luxembourg and Russia, are likely to give the Brits a
run for their money.
A further two Scottish players - Frances Hendry and Lyndsay Reilly, both
Edinburgh - have been awarded wild cards into the qualifying draw which runs
on 5 & 6 May.
Wild cards to the Mens $25,000 event (main draw 6-12 May), running alongside
the women's event are expected to be announced tomorrow.
Meanwhile, building on the success of last year's inaugural Tennis Festival,
over 800 children from schools and clubs around Scotland are expected to
converge on Craiglockhart Tennis Centre next week for even bigger and better
Festival, featuring coaching clinics, bouncing castles and a tennis factory.
"The Scottish Championships are now an integral part of the British tennis
calendar and the Festival is a natural evolution for the event," said
Tournament Director, Peter Nicolson. "Building on the success of last year's
Festival we have extended the period to four days and include opportunities
for coaches and national squad members as well as schools and clubs."
For further information please contact:
Rob Eyton-Jones, Press Officer, Scottish Championships on Tel. 07775 746981,
Or visit the Tennis Scotland website at http://www.tennisscotland.org
May 1, 2002
Lucie and Elena had both withdrawn, and were goven late enrty wild cards. Im annoyed ot see Jane get the wildcard ahad of Edinburgh's Karen Paterson. But hey Tennis aScotland are a bunch of freaks!