Originally Posted by broncosven
When will some of these youngers players actually promise what talent they show
Some start of good (at oz open) then fall away like
Bry anne Stewart
and so on . . .
they starty off and have a good year (like most of the above who were ranked inside the top 180) and then accomplish nothing else and no unfortunately sink further and further down the rankings
Sam, Christina and Evie dont seem to be doing anyhting . . Nicole and Lisa should think about hanging up the racquet and luckily nicole and alicia are saving australia seom pride at the moment
When did Sekulowski ever do well at the Australian Open????
She missed a lot of this year with injuries.
Cindy wasnt a young chicken when she reached the 3rd round, she was a veteran of the challenger circuit aged 24. She also has battled injuries most of this year, she has just started her comeback playin local pennant and totally dominating which is a good sign.
Grahame and Stewart certainly showed a lot of talent in 96-98 as juniors but never have really been able to take their game to a higher level after a few years hovering round 150-200. Amanda nearly retired before her run to the semis at Canberra in 2002. She was all set to continue but has suffered injuries most of the year.
Why should Nicole and Lisa think about hanging up their racquets? Nicole nearly had her first win over a top 10 player today and will finish the year in the top 50! McShea has already won like 5 challenger titles this year, she's earning good money. Plus she is still in the top 8 nationally in singles!
Certainly this year has been disastrous for Australian women tennis. Alicia and Nicole have flown the flag and have had solid years, Evie has done her usual mediocre, Stosur's making ground. Monique Adamzcak and Nicole Kriz have returned successfully from injuries and Breadmore and Dellacqua have made steady progress.
However there is a gaping whole now in our rankings. Below Wheeler (170ish rank), there is only flailing McQuillan, Breadmore and McShea in the top 300 This is largely due to injuries to Watson, Grahame, Horiatopolous, Kriz, Hewitt, and retirements of Dowse, and Belobradjic.
Another reason lot of this was due to poor allocation of wildcards, awarding them to players that hadnt even proved their junior ability outside Australia which totally backfired in Tennis Australia's face as 3 'promising' juniors won a total of 6 games combined in their qualifying matches. A lot of players were 'pissed off' as they felt they deserved/had earned the rights to a wildcard into at least one of the Australian events and were snubbed. Not only does this national snubbing cause a bit of 'self doubt' with the players concerned it also leaves them up shit creek financially too.
Players over 23, like Watson and Dittmann especially were dealt a raw deal!
Over 35 wildcards get distributed to Australian players each year for the singles events in the 5 WTA/ITF tournaments in Australia. This year more than 20 aussie females were granted a wildcard into at least 1 event, however our 8th ranked player didnt receive a single wildcard at all because she was considered too old? How does that work!!! With a top 250 ranking in singles and doubles she didnt even get a doubles wildcard either!!! After the Aussie Circuit was over Mireille had less than $250 dollars in prize money, not even enough for a plane ticket. How disillusioned would you feel????? Your number 8 in the country, just had your best year ever and are then not deemed 'worthy' of a wildcard/financial support!
Tennis Australia needs to help more the players ranked 200-500 and not get carried away with juniors that have unproven potential! Wildcards are their to help players get a 'lucky break' and to offer them some prizemoney to support their progression, not to give some school kids with no ranking an 'experience' and some money to blow on clothes and cds!
Im a strong believer that unless you have a top 100 junior world rank or top 800 Senior rank that a wildcard shouldnt been an option! Dokic certainly was never granted a wildcard until she had proven herself in Juniors!