OMG its true, Baltacha and Anne K get Aust Open Wildcards, Might be a One off Though!
BRITISH DUO GET GRAND SLAM CHANCE
Two British players have been awarded wildcard places at the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year.
The places have been given by organisers in return for two spots for Australian women at Wimbledon.
The players put forward by the Lawn Tennis Association are British number one Elena Baltacha for the main draw wildcard and British number four Anne Keothavong for the qualifiers.
Baltacha, world ranked 157, reached the third round at Wimbledon this year by defeating South African Amanda Coetzer.
The powerful right-hander, whose father Sergei played football for Ipswich and Dynamo Kiev, also clocked the third fastest serve (118 mph) on her Wimbledon debut in 2001 with only the Williams sisters recording faster during the tournament.
Keothavong, ranked 236 in the world, was a girls singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2001.
In this year's main draw, she lost to France's Virgine Razzano in the first round.
Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee said: "These wildcards will be a great early Christmas present for the British players to know that they will be on the plane to Melbourne to compete in the Australian Open in January.
"Both Wimbledon and the Australian Open can be tough tournaments to get into solely on world rankings so it's a real developmental benefit for both Tennis Australia and the LTA that this exchange between the two grand slams has been established for 2003."