This is very good news regarding Bethanie Mattek (BMAT) as some friends call her =). She had a very good tournament last year and gave the crowd a whole lot to cheer about. She fought very hard and the tournament likes her very much ad she has been training there in between events w/ her new coach (major reason for her new found efficient tennis-new player). Indian Wells result for 2006:
VS, I, USA, CA, March 18, 2006, $ 2,100,000 , HARD (O)
Draw: 128M/64Q/32D, Rank: 115, Seed/Entry: 9/Q
Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
Q- R64 H2H GALLOVITS, EDINA ROM 139 W 6-4 2-6 4-4 ret.
Q- R32 H2H (19) AZARENKA, VICTORIA BLR 129 W 1-6 6-4 7-5
R128 H2H (Q) PRATT, NICOLE AUS 135 W 6-7(6) 6-4 6-3
R64 H2H (28) MIRZA, SANIA IND 45 L 6-2 3-6 7-5
American Bethanie Mattek leads a group of players receiving maindraw wild cards into the women's field at the Pacific Life Open including Caroline Wozniacki, Asha Rolle, Lauren Albanese and Anna Tatishvili.
In addition, veterans Lilia Osterloh, a semifinalist at Quebec City last year, and Mirjana Lucic, a 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist who is returning to the tour after injuries, will also be receiving wild cards into the tournament. One remaining wild card has yet to be awarded.
Wild cards for the women's qualifying draw were awarded to Lindsey Nelson, Cassandra Herzberg, Anne Yelsey, Kim Couts and Anastasia Pivavarova. The last wild card will be given to the winner of the pre-qualifying tournament being held March 3-4.