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lizchris
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:37 PM
http://cdn.news.aol.com/a/aUpdated: 05:13 PM EDT

Harkleroad, Stevenson given U.S. Open wild cards

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Alexandra Stevenson and Ashley Harkleroad were among eight women given U.S. Open wild cards Wednesday.
Martina Navratilova, who played singles at the French Open and Wimbledon, did not ask for a wild card, the U.S. Tennis Association said. Navratilova, 47, has said she'll retire at the end of the season.

The other wild card entries for the year's last Grand Slam tournament, which starts Aug. 30, are Angela Haynes, Jamea Jackson, Jessica Kirkland, Amber Liu, Bethanie Mattek and Kelly McCain.

Six of the eight players are 20 or younger.

Stevenson, 23, is a former top 20 player now ranked 142nd. In 1999, she became the first female qualifier to reach the Wimbledon semifinals.

She's been hampered by tendinitis in her right shoulder much of this season, playing in the main draw at just six WTA Tour events this season. She was one of two players named to the U.S. Fed Cup team for each round last year and was a bronze medalist in singles at the 1999 Pan American Games.

Harkleroad, 20, is ranked No. 93. Formerly in the top 40, she began the year by reaching her first career tour final in Auckland, New Zealand.

The USTA also awarded nine wild-card entries for U.S. Open qualifying: Sarah Fansler, Alexa Glatch, Vania King, Alexandra Mueller, Jessica Nguyen, Jewel Peterson, Andrea Remynse, Neha Uberoi and Shikha Uberoi.

The men's wild cards are expected to be announced Thursday.



08/18/04 17:12 EDT

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.

darrinbaker00
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:40 PM
Now for the million-dollar question: which USTA official did Alex sleep with to get her wild card? :tape:

Bероника
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:41 PM
:D Glad Angela Haynes and Jamea Jackson got one.

lizchris
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:41 PM
Now for the million-dollar question: which USTA official did Alex sleep with to get her wild card? :tape:
Dont' you mean her Mom?:tape:

darrinbaker00
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:45 PM
Dont' you mean her Mom?:tape:
No, I mean Alex. Have you seen Samantha Stevenson lately? There isn't enough money or alcohol on this planet to make me lie down with her. :tape:

Stamp Paid
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:45 PM
Alex, why don't you just give up and become a Tennis Channel commentator like Katrina Adams?

charmedRic
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:47 PM
Maybe it took both...I can't believe she got a MD Wildcard. Maybe a Qualies...but MD...dude...you've got to be kidding me.

darrinbaker00
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:48 PM
Alex, why don't you just give up and become a Tennis Channel commentator like Katrina Adams?
If she did that, her mother would have to go out and get a real job..... :tape:

azza
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:48 PM
http://cdn.news.aol.com/a/a

She's been hampered by tendinitis in her right shoulder much of this season,
:haha: Bullshit :rolleyes:

lizchris
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:50 PM
No, I mean Alex. Have you seen Samantha Stevenson lately? There isn't enough money or alcohol on this planet to make me lie down with her. :tape:
People do straage things for a few ducats.

darrinbaker00
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:59 PM
Alex Stevenson got hers by being Venus and Serena's valet--I mean, friend. Jessica Kirkland got hers by winning the USTA Girls 18 Nationals. Amber Liu got hers by winning the NCAA singles title (again). It would be politically incorrect to say how Jamea Jackson, Ashley Harkleroad and Angela Haynes got theirs. That leaves Bethanie Mattek and Kelly Mc Cain. How did they get theirs?

LiliaLee-Frazier
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:29 PM
I am totally speechless. :tape: I think it is best for me to just not say a word about this because nothing but negativity will come out if it :tape:

tennisiscool
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:32 PM
No, I mean Alex. Have you seen Samantha Stevenson lately? There isn't enough money or alcohol on this planet to make me lie down with her. :tape:
But why would she want to sleep with you ? You are not a wta official , are you ? :)

njguido11
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:34 PM
Minus Stevenson i think the MD choices are good. HAynes really hasnt played well recently though. If someone pulls out and Harkelroad gets in can they give her WC too someone else. The qualies WCS are alot more surprising to me. NO SUnitha Rao dont agree with that considering shes ranked ahead of the UBerois and theyve played I think about the same amount of tourneys. SHe did just loose to TUchband though. Like i said in another friend alot of the girls from nationals got WCS.

charmedRic
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:45 PM
I am totally speechless. :tape: I think it is best for me to just not say a word about this because nothing but negativity will come out if it :tape:
*big giant hug* its ok, its ok. Everything will be fine *escorts Heth out of the thread* just take deep breaths ;)

ptkten
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:48 PM
:rolleyes: at Stevenson

other than that they're good choices.

Was hoping Carly would get a qualie WC but she def. didn't deserve one

PatM04
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:53 PM
I am totally speechless. :tape: I think it is best for me to just not say a word about this because nothing but negativity will come out if it :tape:You and I both! I really didn't think Alex would get one but whatever.

Jem
Aug 19th, 2004, 12:29 AM
Pretty much in line with what I thought. I had wondered if Lilia Osterloh might get one because of her solid play this summer, but she's had her fair share in the past. Neither Stevenson or Haynes have done much this year, but I figured Haynes would get one to put a little diversity into the game. I guess Stevenson's service on Fed Cup offset her poor play and yielded the wildcard.

I like the qualifying picks as well. Glad to see they did not reward Carly Gulickson's mediocre results this yaer with a wildcard. The players that received them have posted some decent results all year long.

cartmancop
Aug 19th, 2004, 12:42 AM
I also disagree with Alexandra receiving one. I don't think that she has done anything to earn it. She had one decent tournament & now she can get a WC into any event she chooses. I kind of think shes had her years to prove herself as a contender & she hasn't done it yet. Sure there is a healthy junior player who would be better qualified.

I'm glad Jamea Jackson got one. Hope she does well & maybe she'll play someone that will allow the match to be televised.

Angela Haynes & Bethanie Mattek haven't had great years, I guess they're still trying to get on a roll that will help them compete regularly in the bigger tournaments.

Harkleroad has been injured & I wonder if she will ever live up to the hype. Every time I've seen her play it doesn't look like she has the weapons to be a top 15 player.

I don't know anything about Kelly McCain, but good luck to her too.

You can't argue with Liu & Kirkland, they worked hard to guarantee themselves a wc.

Can anyone tell me something about those in the qualifying? I really haven't heard much about them. Are any expected to be the next great american player?

mboyle
Aug 19th, 2004, 03:20 AM
Everyone keeps yapping about Alex. Well, to whom else would you have given it? The US has absolutely ZERO prospects climbing up the rankings. None, zilch, nada, whatever. Alex is a fairly well known player with far more potential than a Carly Gullikson or an Ally Baker.

mboyle
Aug 19th, 2004, 03:20 AM
BTW, why did Ashley get a wc? Shouldn't she be in the main draw automatically?:confused: She is well inside the top 100:o .

treiber04
Aug 19th, 2004, 03:22 AM
:tape:

rfs1999
Aug 19th, 2004, 04:01 AM
We want Monica!

kabuki
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:54 AM
Why not Nicole V or Sesil K. or have I missed something?

pcrtennis
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:57 AM
Stevenson will be dumped in the First round again...When will it occur to these officials that Stevenson's days of winning are OVER!

pcrtennis
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:58 AM
Why not Nicole V or Sesil K. or have I missed something?

They only go to AMERICANS :D !

kabuki
Aug 19th, 2004, 06:00 AM
They only go to AMERICANS :D !

Why? Why not a nice mix?

SerialKiller#69
Aug 19th, 2004, 06:00 AM
The US Open seems to be wild in handing out wild cards.

Bamafan717
Aug 19th, 2004, 06:13 AM
why give them to a bunch of Americans who lose 1st round? Why couldn't they give at least one to a foreigner who could do 3rd round?

esquímaux
Aug 19th, 2004, 06:16 AM
Well allez Alex! Of course you'll disappoint us fans, just don't retire in the 3rd set this time, k? Thanx :kiss:

Oh yeah, and allez to all the brown girls :yeah:

njguido11
Aug 19th, 2004, 06:36 AM
SOme of these americans can win a couple rounds and ALLY baker has been injured or im sure shed have a top200 ranking by now

Chris_G
Aug 19th, 2004, 06:42 AM
Everyone keeps yapping about Alex. Well, to whom else would you have given it? The US has absolutely ZERO prospects climbing up the rankings. None, zilch, nada, whatever. Alex is a fairly well known player with far more potential than a Carly Gullikson or an Ally Baker.
Stevenson is talented, but it's hard to make a case for someone who's played the US Open six times without ever winning a round and has done zip, zilch, nada all season. Jenny Hopkins is younger than Alex and has actually been winning matches lately. Lilia Osterloh bounced back nicely this summer and has a good track record at the Open. And if you want to go with a teen prospect, Viktoriya Kutuzova is a real up-and-comer who's in the process of gaining American citizenship.

alwayshingis
Aug 19th, 2004, 07:09 AM
:bounce: YAY! I love Jessica Kirkland...I'm so glad she got a WC, not that it was really a surprise, but it's really nice to see. She has awesome groundstrokes.

Congrats to Jamea too!

They are both a huge part of the future of American tennis!

P.S. :alexstevenson: :retard:

pav
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:45 AM
:tape: :tape: oh shit, I've run out of bloody tape!

*kaz*
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:50 AM
They have to give them to American's. That's fair enough. They give them to Brit's that lose first round at wimbledon and french people who lose first round at roland garros. Why should the US open be any different?

TatiAnnahølic
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:50 AM
congrats Ashley! :yeah:

Dava
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:52 AM
Ooh they've really pushe the boat out this time, suprised me with thier selection not...Jesus I think the WC process in all the slams is really taking the piss, I think they should limit the home selection to four and give the other four to promising juniors or strugling players, not just players from that cpuntry who are on the fringe.

BK4ever
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:17 PM
Alex does not deserve one...PERIOD...neither does Angela Haynes!

As for the qualies...the USTA is full of crap...Mueller :rolleyes:

whatever...its all political anyway and not really about who deserves it...

sartrista7
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:19 PM
Does Stevenson not realise that she'll have more of a chance to win a match, and some points, in qualies? And that she's pretty much roadkill for 90% of the girls on the MD?

esquímaux
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:24 PM
Well since we're throwing away wildcards, let's give one to moulton-levy and call it a day :tape::tape::p

Jem
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:25 PM
BTW, why did Ashley get a wc? Shouldn't she be in the main draw automatically?:confused: She is well inside the top 100:o .
At the time of the cutoff a few weeks ago, she was ranked around 115 I think.

kabuki
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:30 PM
The Aussies and the French trade WC's for their slams, and Wimb often gives WC's to other country's players. I guess I would ideally like to see a mix of up and coming players from around the world, deserving (subjective word, I know) veterans, and players fighting back from injury.

Grice
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:30 PM
what the heck? Where's MONICA ??

V-MAC
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:36 PM
does Mashona Washington qualify for the main draw on her own merits then??? She surely deserves to be in it.

Experimentee
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:40 PM
Why are people complaining about Stevenson but letting Harkleroad go? They've both had terrible years, and been injured, and neither have won many matches. Why does Harkleroad deserve it but not Stevenson?

lizchris
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:52 PM
what the heck? Where's MONICA ??
Monica already announced that she is not going to play at this year's USO.

saki
Aug 19th, 2004, 02:00 PM
Why are people complaining about Stevenson but letting Harkleroad go? They've both had terrible years, and been injured, and neither have won many matches. Why does Harkleroad deserve it but not Stevenson?
I think because Stevenson has had many more WCs and chances than Harkleroad. Ashley was making steady, not spectacular but steady, progress until this year when she had injuries and personal problems. She deserves a WC. Alex hasn't been past the first round at the U.S.Open for the past six years. I think she's had her chances.

Jane
Aug 19th, 2004, 02:03 PM
Why not Nicole V or Sesil K. or have I missed something?
Both Nicole and Sesil are in qulies using their actual ranking. According to AER rules, if a player enters a GS using her actual ranking, she is allowed to play the GS in addition to the number of tournaments allowed under AER for her age. On the other hand, if she accepts a wild card to a GS, it counts against the number of tournaments she can play so giving Nicole or Sesil a wild card into the main draw would only reduce the number of tournaments eithr could play in the coming year.
Some rules are very strange.

sartrista7
Aug 19th, 2004, 02:05 PM
Harkleroad has made a WTA final this year, and coming back from her personal problems and injuries had a decent hard court season (beating Asagoe and Schnyder).

Stevenson still hasn't won a WTA main draw match this year.

GoDominique
Aug 19th, 2004, 02:08 PM
This might be Alex' last GS. :)

kabuki
Aug 19th, 2004, 02:10 PM
Both Nicole and Sesil are in qulies using their actual ranking. According to AER rules, if a player enters a GS using her actual ranking, she is allowed to play the GS in addition to the number of tournaments allowed under AER for her age. On the other hand, if she accepts a wild card to a GS, it counts against the number of tournaments she can play so giving Nicole or Sesil a wild card into the main draw would only reduce the number of tournaments eithr could play in the coming year.
Some rules are very strange.

Awesome, Jane. An informative reply! What board am I on?? :lol:

SelesFan70
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:22 PM
RE: Stevenson bitching

I'm no fan of Alexandra (or her mother for that matter), but Jamea Jackson (I'm cramping!), Angela Haynes and Ashley Harkleroad haven't done much more than Alexandra, so shut yer whining! :rolleyes:

I must say that I have to eat crow since I was sure Navratilova would take a wild card. :o

alwayshingis
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:23 PM
I don't understand the negative feedback about Angela Haynes' selection. Some people are lumping her with :alex:. She's played well this year. She decided not to make the trip over to Europe and instead tried to help her ranking will more secure points in American challengers. (Raleigh QF, Charlotte SF, El Paso F, Houston QF, College Park SF) She deserves a chance and I think if the draw is friendly she could win a round. The bottom line is that a wildcard definitely earns their selection if they win a round. Even if Alex Stevenson draws Castano in the first round and wins a round, i suppose she will have earned the selection.

alwayshingis
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:27 PM
RE: Stevenson bitching

I'm no fan of Alexandra (or her mother for that matter), but Jamea Jackson (I'm cramping!), Angela Haynes and Ashley Harkleroad haven't done much more than Alexandra, so shut yer whining! :rolleyes:

I must say that I have to eat crow since I was sure Navratilova didn't take a wild card. :o

2004 record:

Haynes - 25-19
Jackson - 26-9
Harkleroad - 12-15 (Inc. tournament final)
Stevenson - 10-15

This is also Stevenson's 7th USO wildcard in a row, she has never won a round.

Helen Lawson
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:28 PM
I don't know for certain, but I don't think Alex has EVER won a SINGLE match in singles at the U.S. Open. I think she's been a first round casualty each and every year she's played. I guess she has nothing to lose.

Richie77
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:33 PM
Why not Nicole V or Sesil K. or have I missed something?Those two are well within the Top 200, and can play qualifying.
Besides, it's better for them to play quallies...they should both get out easily, and thus earn more points :)

esquímaux
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:38 PM
...(or her mother for that matter)...:lol:

...Jamea Jackson(I'm cramping!)...:lol::lol:

..Angela Haynes...Angela Haynes(I'm playing 10 k's) ;):p


Your posts are a delight babe, remind me to rep you later :drool:; repwhoring has maxed me out for now ;)

CoryAnnAvants#1
Aug 19th, 2004, 07:29 PM
Harkleroad deserves a chance to redeem herself...and I can't believe I'm saying this, but so does Stevenson. Alexandra has taken only one or two wildcards this year. If she loses in the first round of the US Open for the 7th year in a row, I would have no problem with her ass being dumped down to challengers, But she hasn't needed a wildcard in three years (and she was seeded just last year), so she deserves a chance. Harkleroad seems to be on the up and up too.

Bethanie Mattek and Kelly McCain are very hard working players that have flown up the rankings this year, so they really deserve it. Ditto with Jackson.

Angela I'm not too sure about...she was losing early in 10K's...but again, she's slowly improving so I think she deserves one more shot. Amber Liu and Kirkland deserve there WC (although I think Kirkland would have gotten won without winning nationals...she was so far above the competition there.)

I agree with the qualifying wildcards except Alexandra Mueller:rolleyes: What the hell has she done to merit that one? I'm also surprised (although not disappointed) Cory Ann Avants didn't recieve one. She was the highest ranked US alternate in..although she's gotten qualy WC's three years running now...she needs to learn.

Hant Hant
Aug 19th, 2004, 08:52 PM
Monica Seles is not playing? And Stevenson better get her act together. There was a time where she beat Jennifer Capriati all the time.

VeeNMaria4Eva
Aug 19th, 2004, 09:09 PM
I don't have a problem - in theory - to give a WC to Stevenson. Why? Because it isn't about "earning" a WC, it's a BUSINESS decision. Like it or not, people do know her, and she'll draw people to watch her play.

However - the problem is - it's clear Stevenson is still injured... Lately she has retired from most of her matches she played. So I really hope at least Stevenson is healthy so the score doesn't end up 5-7 6-1 3-0 ret. for her opponent.

The rest of the WC are fine too.

njguido11
Aug 19th, 2004, 09:55 PM
ITs crazy how Stevenson is so hated on for gettin a WC when shes still in the TOP 150 in the world right now and has had injuries. ( I am not a fan at all) I just think its hilarious because if there was a player in the top 150 at Wimbledon or AUssie Open people would say how unjust it was that their top 150 player from the home country did not get a WC. ONly thing im mad about in WCs is that SUntiha didnt get in qualies and cory ann but she will get in so poor SUnitha.

Randy H
Aug 19th, 2004, 10:19 PM
The only reason Stevenson is ranked in the top 150 is because of her results at the end of *last* year...This year, she has done basically nothing, and she has already proven that she cannot put her wildcard chances to any good use. She got wildcards into Indian Wells, Miami, and Charleston, 3 tier 1 level tournaments, and lost to Pratt, Koukalova, and Karatancheva...Sure they are good players, but it's not like she was playing Serena Williams either. These are the sort of players you expect to face in the main draw of a slam, and consider it a pretty decent draw. If she can't even beat them, or is not even 100% healthy (which may be the case seeing as she has retired during 3 matches in her last 5 tournaments), then why not make her go through qualifying? Surely someone like Lilia Osterloh who is currently winning main draw matches, ought to get a chance to get another wildcard even before Alexandra at this point.

volta
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:25 PM
Alex doesn´t need wild cards she is SO SO BIG that she doesn´t need Grand Slams or wins in tournaments to be the best player in history of Tennis. :angel:
j/k



BTW it´s kinda sad i like Alex but her tennis is just so dam wrong :(

alwayshingis
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:45 PM
ITs crazy how Stevenson is so hated on for gettin a WC when shes still in the TOP 150 in the world right now and has had injuries. ( I am not a fan at all) I just think its hilarious because if there was a player in the top 150 at Wimbledon or AUssie Open people would say how unjust it was that their top 150 player from the home country did not get a WC. ONly thing im mad about in WCs is that SUntiha didnt get in qualies and cory ann but she will get in so poor SUnitha.

If Alex Stevenson were just another player no one would be upset right now. It's that she is Alex Stevenson. I hope she draws someone like Justine or Amelie or V&S (pending injury status) and just gets slammed down 6-0 6-0 in the first round.

baleineau
Aug 20th, 2004, 12:26 AM
Alex may be playing like s**t in the last 18 months, but she deserves a chance this time. she really needs to earn points before she disappears off the radar altogether.

she's a fun one, draws in the crowds, could generate a story, and can at least point to some classy results over the years to justify some kind of protection.

i'm by no means a fan, but it would be sad if we didn't see or hear from her again.

GO ALEX

Grice
Aug 20th, 2004, 12:32 AM
Monica already announced that she is not going to play at this year's USO.
WHAT ! so sad !! :sad:

CoryAnnAvants#1
Aug 20th, 2004, 04:26 PM
I don't understand why these wild cards are a "business decision." The majority of people go to the US Open and pay money to watch Federer, Serena, Roddick, Agassi etc...nobody rushes to the US Open to watch Kelly McCain (well maybe some of us, but ya know what I mean lol...). Alexandra Stevenson does not increase ticket revenue...people might go watch her matches, but that's not why they paid for a ticket.

Hopefully she cleans up her game though..she could fall outside the top 250 by the end of the year...

Beat
Aug 20th, 2004, 04:51 PM
She got wildcards into Indian Wells, Miami, and Charleston, 3 tier 1 level tournaments, and lost to Pratt, Koukalova, and Karatancheva...

:tape:

GoldenSlam
Aug 21st, 2004, 12:31 AM
Great open and so many American players to beat....good luck all:).

Bamafan717
Aug 21st, 2004, 03:02 AM
does Mashona Washington qualify for the main draw on her own merits then??? She surely deserves to be in it.

On The rankings that they used to pick the players, Mashona was ranked 87 or something like that. So she made the tournament be her ranking!!!!!!!!


PLEASE MAKE 4TH ROUND MASHONA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!(OR AT LEAST THE THIRD) :bounce:

PointBlank
Aug 21st, 2004, 03:05 AM
Alex Mueller got a w/c in qualies :yeah:

Lemonskin.
Aug 21st, 2004, 03:07 AM
harkleroad will be out in the first round anyway...

PointBlank
Aug 21st, 2004, 03:08 AM
Haynes also qualified for Memphis .. shes a good choice

ZAK
Aug 21st, 2004, 03:10 AM
I don't understand why these wild cards are a "business decision." The majority of people go to the US Open and pay money to watch Federer, Serena, Roddick, Agassi etc...nobody rushes to the US Open to watch Kelly McCain (well maybe some of us, but ya know what I mean lol...). Alexandra Stevenson does not increase ticket revenue...people might go watch her matches, but that's not why they paid for a ticket.

Hopefully she cleans up her game though..she could fall outside the top 250 by the end of the year...
I definately agree, WCs do not increase attendance. I think what some people mean by "political decision" is that the USTA gives Wcs to their favorites, not the ones who actually deserve it.

Fedex
Aug 21st, 2004, 03:17 AM
:eek: :retard: :tape: at giving stevenson a wild card. Has she ever even won a match at the USO :tape: :rolleyes: :o

paul_masterton
Aug 21st, 2004, 11:51 AM
and peple think wiombledon wc's are messed up, atleast we got 6 out of 8 wc's through round 1 (only janes and o'brien missed and both played well) can't see the smae happeing here :tape:

y does the us open never ever ever gie out wc's to foreigners, while all teh other slams give them away to people from all over the place?