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Marina Erakovic, Sacha Jones and Ellen Barry cheering thread


Sacha Jones is all but confirmed as getting a Singles Main Draw Wildcard here after an absolutely stunning year on the junior circuit which really came out of no where! She won a G1, G2 and GB2 singles title along with reaching the quarters of the US Open and Canadian Opens. Shes very unlikely to win a match here however this will be great experience for her anyway - would love her to verse either Dani, Natsya, Jelena or Marion in the first round.
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Marina Erakovic is one of only a handful of New Zealand women to get inside the top 200, and being ranked in the mid 160s and still growing as a player she holds no signs of stopping there. Shes never lost in the first round here, lets hope she doesnt start this time. Marinas got alot of good youngsters following in her footsteps which is putting pressure on her to keep moving up the leaderboard - would love her to verse a lower ranked player or qualifier in the first round although it would also be nice to see how she performs up against a top 20 player.
Given Main Draw Wildcard on 5 December


Ellen Barry will hopefully recieve a Main Draw Wildcard although more likely she will get a Qualifying Wildcard. Just a few months ago other New Zealand tennis fans were telling me shes got no hope but ive kept the faith and in that time shes gone from not having a ranking to being New Zealands 3rd highest ranked lady. I have seen this girl play quite a bit and she has got the brains and power to be a top 100 player - would love Ellen to get a Main Draw Wildcard and then verse Mirza in the first round (last time they met it was a fairly close encounter with Mirza being too good on the day, Ellen has improved alot since then), if Ellen gets a qualifying wildcard then I really dont care who she verses I just hope she puts up a good fight.
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Good luck to those three great girls

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Just updated with pictures, thats the best one I could find of Ellen sorry

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Just updated with pictures, thats the best one I could find of Ellen sorry
nice Ellen pics here, also Shona
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Play starts in exactly 1 months time!

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Sacha Jones is all but confirmed as getting a Singles Main Draw Wildcard here after an absolutely stunning year on the junior circuit which really came out of no where! She won a G1, G2 and GB2 singles title along with reaching the quarters of the US Open and Canadian Opens. Shes very unlikely to win a match here however this will be great experience for her anyway - would love her to verse either Dani, Natsya, Jelena or Marion in the first round.


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Marina Erakovic is one of only a handful of New Zealand women to get inside the top 200, and being ranked in the mid 160s and still growing as a player she holds no signs of stopping there. Shes never lost in the first round here, lets hope she doesnt start this time. Marinas got alot of good youngsters following in her footsteps which is putting pressure on her to keep moving up the leaderboard - would love her to verse a lower ranked player or qualifier in the first round although it would also be nice to see how she performs up against a top 20 player.


Ellen Barry will hopefully recieve a Main Draw Wildcard although more likely she will get a Qualifying Wildcard. Just a few months ago other New Zealand tennis fans were telling me shes got no hope but ive kept the faith and in that time shes gone from not having a ranking to being New Zealands 3rd highest ranked lady. I have seen this girl play quite a bit and she has got the brains and power to be a top 100 player - would love Ellen to get a Main Draw Wildcard and then verse Mirza in the first round (last time they met it was a fairly close encounter with Mirza being too good on the day, Ellen has improved alot since then), if Ellen gets a qualifying wildcard then I really dont care who she verses I just hope she puts up a good fight.
Doubt ellen will get the md wc.. the only kiwis who should get them are Marina/Leanne/Sascha then Ellen, but it will probably go to an international. Ellen has had some very good results in the last 2 months.. but is not a good enough player (yet) to compete against the girls in main and would probably get more out of qualies.. just a little out of her league. Whereas Marina and Leanne have proven they can beat girls ranked under 150 and also have the experience. Thats what I would go with anyways.
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Doubt ellen will get the md wc.. the only kiwis who should get them are Marina/Leanne/Sascha then Ellen, but it will probably go to an international. Ellen has had some very good results in the last 2 months.. but is not a good enough player (yet) to compete against the girls in main and would probably get more out of qualies.. just a little out of her league. Whereas Marina and Leanne have proven they can beat girls ranked under 150 and also have the experience. Thats what I would go with anyways.
After Leannes performances this week I think theirs only about a one in twenty chance of Ellen getting it. However she will definately get a qualifying wildcard if she is not granted a maindraw wildcard (backed up by auckland tennis).

As you can see I hope Marina, Sacha and Ellen all do meet very hard opponents in the first round so that even if they loose they can feel what its really like to verse one of the worlds best.

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It looks like the WCs will go to Erakovic, Jones, and an international player, but I really think Leanne Baker deserves one over Jones. Barry doesn't stand a chance

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It looks like the WCs will go to Erakovic, Jones, and an international player, but I really think Leanne Baker deserves one over Jones. Barry doesn't stand a chance
Even with Leannes performances this week I have to disagree with you there. Sacha has had a break through year in juniors, and is probably just as good if not better than Marina was at her time in juniors. Sacha has had a lack of support but that hasnt stopped her winning a G1, G2 and GB2 title.

Leanne has had support since she left juniors (many maindraw wildcards here, only once managed to reach the 2nd round I think), that was over 7 years ago now - her career high is 273 back in 1999 (that will change this week). Leanne may be able to crack 200 (just).

Sacha on the other hand is still relatively new to the sport, and only really started playing on the junior year full time this year. She is dedicated to her singles game (which is rare of a NZer) and from what ive seen of her she could potentially peak at around 50 on the senior rankings.

Ellen is one of three people who applied for the third wildcard, she stands a chance (imo very low, but im not richard palmer)

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Sacha has had a break through year in juniors, and is probably just as good if not better than Marina was at her time in juniors.
No way. If you compare the players they've wach won/lost against, Marina was clearly better in juniors.

Also you could compare Leanne's performance on the pro tour with Sacha's and that speaks for itself.

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No way. If you compare the players they've wach won/lost against, Marina was clearly better in juniors.

Also you could compare Leanne's performance on the pro tour with Sacha's and that speaks for itself.
Look at how many singles titles each player has won. Marinas looks good because it was a few years ago and some of these players have done wonders at the senior level (Nicole Vaidisova for example wasnt an overly good juniors player but it a top 10 senior player).

If you look at Leannes pro tour compared with Sachas career you will see alot of matches and alot of losses for Leanne, while you wont find all that much under Sacha as Sachas been playing for the majority of this year.

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Even with Leannes performances this week I have to disagree with you there. Sacha has had a break through year in juniors..

Leanne has had support since she left juniors (many maindraw wildcards here, only once managed to reach the 2nd round I think), that was over 7 years ago now - her career high is 273 back in 1999 (that will change this week). Leanne may be able to crack 200 (just).
Sorry but are you telling me you'd give a wildcard to a Jnr.. who hasn't had much luck on the tour over someone who has just beaten a girl ranked 104 in the world.. and has continued to keep winning?!

Yes Leanne has had many wildcards in the past.. who else was there to give it too?! She's backed it up in doubs, and hasn't always been commited to her singles. But this year she has obviously made a few changes to her dedication/work ethic and attitude which you can see through her results and also by what other board members have commented about seeing her play. That she's fitter than ever and playing great tennis.

You can't even compare an up and coming Junior to Leanne right now. I'd be surprised if Sascha would win a match in qualies even.. she hasn't beaten anyone decent on the tour. But yes I agree give a Jnr a wild card into main.. see how they do. But whereas Leanne's wild card wouldn't be a chance token.. cos her results in the last 4 months have warranted her a wild card.
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