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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old May 5th, 2004, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Wildcard Predictions?

New system is totally weird and i don't get it, so i'm not even gonna bother explaining it, lol. but here's who i think will get them:

Main Draw:

Anne Keothavong
Jane O'Donoghue
Amanda Janes
Elena Baltacha
Emily Webley-Smith
Melanie South
Karen Paterson/Sarah Borwell/Hannah Collin
Alexandra Stevenson


Christelle Grier
Anna Hawkins
Katie O'Brien
Rebecca Llewellyn
Jade Curtis
Claire Peterzan

of course some depend on results of play-offs/pre-qualies but i think those will get them. might be a few more foreigners in there, but i hope not

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Emily and Mel are good bets now that Julie and Lucie are no more.
Amanda Janes def will get one.
Anne K and Bally too
Jane should get one.

I dont think Alex will get one, not this yr.

What was the rule again, you have to be top 250 or something
and/or u cant get more than 3 maindraw WC's ???? i forgot

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I think Jade Curtis should get a maindraw wildcard!
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My choices;


Anne Keothavong
Elena Baltacha
Amanda Janes
Jane O'Donoghue
Melanie South
Emily Webley-Smith
Sarah Borwell
Hannah Collin


Karen Paterson
Katie O'Brien
Rebecca Dandeniya
Cristelle Grier
Holly Bagshaw
Claire Peterzan
Rebecca Llewellyn
Katherine Baker

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I think it will be:

*Anne Keothavong
*Elena Baltacha
*Jane O'Donoghue
*Amanda Janes
*Emily Webley-Smith
*Karen Paterson
*Sarah Borwell/Melanie South
*One non-Brit (perhaps Navratilova if she plays/or some brilliant 15 year old)

*Either South/Borwell who didn't get MD wildcard
*Hannah Collin
*Rebecca Dandeniya
*Anna Hawkins
*Cristelle Grier
*Rebecca Llewellyn
*Claire Peterzan
*Hannah Grady

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Thumbs up wildcard predictions


6th place may go to the winner of the pre qualifying tournament

7th and 8th may go to foreigners


Runner up and the two losing semi finalists in the pre qualifying
if they do not earn a wild card from the pre qualifying

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post #7 of 63 (permalink) Old May 5th, 2004, 11:09 PM
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will borwell and patterson def get wildcards into at least qualies. didnt paterson get screwed over last year
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Keothavong; Baltacha; O'Donaghue, Janes and Borwell
Majoli, Seles and Stevenson
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post #9 of 63 (permalink) Old May 6th, 2004, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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several players got screwed over last year, as always. namely helen, lol.

karen will probably get screwed over this year coz she's with gbtennisgirls squad, not the lta. emily as well after she had a big fall out with the lta a couple of years ago.

but they are both top 8, so not really any excuses not to give them one

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Here's the article on Wildcards.


The Lawn Tennis Association have announced that the allocation process for wildcard entry into the 2004 Wimbledon Championships will be tightened in a review of the play-off system introduced in 2003.

In agreement with the All England Club, the wildcard playoffs and pre-qualifying will be amalgamated into one event to be played from Wednesday to Friday during the first week of June.

Additionally, only men in the world’s top 300 and women in the top 250 will be eligible for nomination for a main draw wildcard, unless under the age of 20 for men and 19 for women.

The men’s and women’s events will be played out over three days with the winners guaranteed a main draw wildcard.

It has also been announced that no player will receive any more than three direct wild cards, unless ranked in the world’s top 150, or returning from serious injury in the past year.

The LTA Performance Director David Felgate said:

“We are determined to improve the standards of performance tennis in this country further and these changes to the wildcard system are designed to ensure that the bar continues to be raised. Wimbledon wildcards are not a right, they have to be earned, and those players who step out onto the Wimbledon courts next summer will know that they deserve to be playing in a Grand Slam.”

Players who receive a wildcard direct will be notified after the wildcard meeting to be held on 7 June 2004. All other British players will be eligible to play in the play offs to win a wildcard for Main Draw or Qualifying.

Other wildcards will be allocated by the All England Club for Main Draw and Qualifying thereafter.

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post #11 of 63 (permalink) Old May 6th, 2004, 11:35 PM
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I think Kournikova will come back here so I think she'll get a WC!
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hopefully carly into qualifying again. maybe usta will pay the lta off for that one.
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post #13 of 63 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2004, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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they should jsut go abck to the old way. play pre-qualifying right through to the end, and the winner gets a main draw wildcard.

this way is jsut 2 confusing. simply do it on performance, i don't understand why that's so hard? Fir enoughf ro qualies havea play-off, but not for main draw, that's cruel as someone could have a bad day, or a slight fever.

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give one to casey dellacqua! or sophie ferguson!
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post #15 of 63 (permalink) Old May 8th, 2004, 12:37 PM
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I'M sorry but Brits should not have so man WC... I mean most of them, (except Anne, perhaps Elena) simply don't have the level to compete...
Please give Bulgaraian girls (Sesil), Russian girls (Anna C, Maria K, Alysa K...) - who don't have a GS in their country - the chance to make Wimby a little more interesting in the first rounds.

Amelie Mauresmo, Marion Bartoli, Nathalie Dechy, Tatiana Golovin, Celine Beigbeder, Virginie Razzano, Emilie Loit, Stephanie Foretz, Camille Pin, Elodie LeBescond ... and the other beautiful French girls...
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