Britain's top female tennis player, Elena Baltacha, has been given a wild card entry to next month's Australian Open.
It is a huge boost to Baltacha, who has suffered an injury-blighted year, and was recently diagnosed with liver problems.
"I'm really thrilled because I've never been to Australia before and it's a good chance to get off to a new start," Baltacha says in the Guardian.
"I don't feel any pressure whatsoever and I haven't set any goals for next year."
Baltacha reached the third round at Wimbledon this year, beating number 32 seed Amanda Coetzer before losing to Russia's Elena Likhovtseva.
Baltacha also won two senior titles last year and made huge strides up the world rankings.
Well, on the other hand Australian players are good on grass and now I think one of them will get a WC in Wimbledon (At last they realized giving away 8 WC to British is useless while only 2 or 3 are worth of having one...)
But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
"Religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. Any if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
Tuesday December 17, 2002
The British No1 Elena Baltacha has accepted a wild card for next month's Australian Open, a positive if surprising end to a year bedevilled by health problems, which have only recently been diagnosed.
"I'm really thrilled because I've never been to Australia before and it's a good chance to get off to a new start," the 19-year-old said yesterday.
"I don't feel any pressure whatsoever and I haven't set any goals for next year. I've been ill for so long that it's really about getting fit again as much as anything. I am just so happy to be playing at all."
Baltacha is slowly recovering from liver damage, caused by heavy doses of antibiotics intended to treat chronic tonsillitis. "It's such a relief to know what it was because it affected me very badly," she said.
Having had her tonsils removed last month and with regular tests on her liver, she appears to be on the road to recovery at last, and will head for Australia next week to prepare.
Despite her problems last year Baltacha reached the third round at Wimbledon and won two tournaments. "She's done bloody well to do as well as she has done," said her coach Alan Jones