Article from the Herald Sun.
Pain for Jessica Moore
January 02, 2009 12:00am
YOUNG Australian tennis ace Jessica Moore will bravely play the Brisbane International qualifying event after being ignored by tournament officials.
, 18, was overlooked for a wildcard into the main draw in favour of the resurgent Jelena Dokic and players 400 places below her in the WTA rankings.
Australia's third-highest ranked woman player at No. 138 in the world, Moore last year became the youngest Aussie since Dokic in 1999 to win a match at the Australian Open.
She also reached the Australian Open junior final and made her Fed Cup debut.
But she will have to make it through qualifying to play in the Brisbane event, starting on Sunday.
Dokic - ranked No. 179 in the world - and hometown hopes Monika Wejnert, 16, (No. 528) and Isabella Holland, 17, (No. 582) received wildcards.
Moore said she would put the disappointment behind her and focus on getting through qualifying.
"I'm not going to dwell on it too much," Moore said. "They're giving a few opportunities to the girls who did well in the (Australian Open) wildcard playoffs.
"Some are locals so it's a good opportunity for them. I've been given a wildcard opportunity next week in Hobart so I'm pretty happy, and hopefully I can take that on board and do well." Moore arrived in Brisbane yesterday morning from her base in Perth and went straight to the new Queensland Tennis Centre for her first hit.
Dokic was having her first practice session at the same time on the next court.
She said she was fortunate to receive a wildcard but her recent win at the Australian Open playoffs would have helped.
"I've had a good couple of weeks and a good couple of months and I'm happy with my form," Dokic said.
"I just want to get . . . in as many matches in as I can. The field here is really strong so it will be good practice"