I can almost guarantee that Vera will get all the wilscards she wants, including Australian Open. She may already have appearance fee contracts with places like Pattaya.
In New York there was speculations about Vera, some say she'll be fine, some say she needs an operation like Sharapova. But the one that I fear the most, and heard a few times, is that she might announce retirement at the Kremlin Cup. Unfortunately neither Vera nor IMG are really talkative.
I choose to believe that we will see her up and running when we get to Melbourne, ... I'll certainly be there. And I expect to see a Vera fit and fired up to prove a point.
Well, I remember we discussed this earlier this year, and I believe Vera will retire one day at the Kremlin cup, but as a player. As she is not on the EL, I don't want to believe it is this year. Having said that, if surgery would be necessary still like Sharapova had, I can imagine at her age, she does not want that anymore. Who knows, we'll next month what happens. At the moment I will go for 2013 as a new start as well, And of course, wild cards can be granted.
Can she choose a protected raking?
I don't believe she can as for PR
, you are eligable when you are out at least 6 months due to injury. Vera's last match was end of July in London, so only if she would still be out by end of January, she could get PR