It's tough...Amanda deserved at least a qualifying WC, I was also rather shocked when I saw she hadn't received one. Thankfully for her she scraped through, and gave a good account of herself...but on the other hand, she had no form going in, no events played, and no indication of how she would fare. But still, considering how well she did 2 years ago, to not give her one in her hometown is stupid.
Giving these handouts to the young kids is, as Janet Young said, a springboard to their future careers, but is it really helping them?? We saw what it's done to Adriana Szili this past year
The girls that were given AO WC's last year, including Baker, Cheung and Welford haven't done anything at all since...it's been a springboard to disappointment if nothing else. Also Lukaszewicz and Daniela, although it's hard to tell with these two because a)one is still so young and b)one hardly plays!
Dubravka Cupac is the only one that has won a match so far this summer in qualifying. The ones in Hobart did OK (weaker opposition), but still, for the second year in a row the girls have had their clocks cleaned.
As much as I like Daniela Dominikovic, and honestly believe she can be a good player, I dont understand how a kid like her, (that hardly plays any events!!!) can get WC's over players like Amanda, Cindy, Trudi et al. Girls that need the money to earn their living!
It's going to be really interesting to see how the AO qualy WC's are distributed this year, after last years farce.
It's really good to see someone like Trudi Musgrave, age 26, finally coming good and showing them that the older girls can still deliver.