The idea with Szili (and I'm sure I'm not saying anything new!) was to give her a taste of the BIG time. I'm sure Tennis Aus were aware Szili's results weren't crash hot in November and there were 2 or 3 others more deserving results wise. But they have some high hopes for her and really it was probably a good time for her to get a taste of grand slam tennis and what it takes to be out there.
Hindsight is a great thing and the way she's playing now it's easy to say what a mistake and that the wildcard hasn't helped her at all to improve. But back then many of us were hopeful like Tennis Aus that she maybe our new bright thing - and worth atleast a look to see what she could do against some quality opposition. She's having a rough trot but the key is to see whether she's worth investing some time and money into. An what better way to do this than to give her a taste of the big time and how she responds to it. And admittedly.. so far she hasn't responded well!!!!!
I can remember people on this board bagging Sam Stosur's wildcard last year. She took Greta Arn to 3 sets, but atleast it gave her a taste of slam tennis and this year she backs it up with a 3rd rnd. Last year w/c may have been inconsequential for this year, but I'm sure Sam was glad to have it under her belt.
Atleast one or two wildcards should be used 'with a look to the future' not wasted on players who will never make it good on tour. And lets be fair dinkum - past records have shown the likes of Watson, Grahame, Stewart haven't got what it takes to make it good on the tour. I sympethise with Watson but she did herself no favours by playing poorly throughout the year.
I also applaud Tennis Aus for doing the same thing in the quallies... with Olivia, Daniella, Sophie. Really the likes of Musgrave, Dittman aren't going to qualify (or even win 1 rnd) but atleast these young girls get a chance to play some decent players and find out how much work they will need to do to get to that level.
There's more to life than just being happy.