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papru
Jul 21st, 2006, 04:39 PM
any predictions?

spiceboy
Jul 21st, 2006, 06:33 PM
Betthanie Mattek (3 spots out from MD, charismatic)
Mashona Washington (nice showing against Sharapova in RG plus being in the Fed Cup Squad last week helps)
Serena Williams (Obvious choice)
Asha Rolle (Best progression this year amongst the youngers)
Jessica Kirkland (Good prospect, still young and top 200)
Carly Gullickson (Not too young anymore, but solid results in these previous weeks plus recognizable surname)
Alexa Glatch (One of the best prospects, coming from injury)
Alexandra Stevenson (Former top 20, coming from perpetual injury, good signs from Cincy)

Chris_G
Jul 21st, 2006, 08:51 PM
Serena Williams -- already confirmed by the USTA
Chanda Rubin -- basically confirmed when I asked her about it last week
USTA National 18's winner -- automatic entry
Ahsha Rolle
Alexa Glatch
Jessica Kirkland
Angela Haynes
Mashona Washington

Stevenson got snubbed last year and hasn't done much since, so I think that ship has sailed. Carly Gullickson has sort of gone backwards over the past year and may not even be the best prospect in her family.

A really good case could be made for Mattek, especially given how much younger she is than Washington, but they might think four wild cards in the past five years (without a win) is her limit. Interesting that the last spot could come down to a choice between those two, since they've been playing doubles together this summer. USTA's probably hoping for a few players to drop out so Bethanie can get in on her ranking.

One extra factor that I'm not sure about: the USTA recently extended its wild card exchange deal with Tennis Australia. Last time around it was only for men's singles (Mark Philippoussis into the '05 US Open; Amer Delic into the '06 Australian Open). Unfortunately, I can't find an article about it anywhere and I don't recall if the women are included now or not. If they are, you'd have to think Alicia Molik would be first in line.

spiceboy
Jul 22nd, 2006, 04:19 PM
Yeah, forgot about Chanda :worship:

I guess USTA is trying to help Angela after the death of her brother but I'm not sure if putting her directly in MD against the best players would help her at all after her poor results recently.

TheGrinders.TV
Jul 24th, 2006, 04:42 AM
USTA won't do sh#t for Bethanie this year since she is no longer with them. She will get in based on her own merit being 3 out, 3 will very likely drop out. Does anyone think that Mashona should have been playing doubles over Bethanie at Fed Cup? Come on. What a ridiculous choice. If you have anything to say about the things I write here, please respond back to me and I'd love to Battle on the Fed Cup choice for shizzle. I think it would have been a smart choice to put Mashona and Beth together though since they have been playing together and have experience on the court together. But to pick Mashona over Beth and have her originally setup to play with Vania is an extremely poor choice and a BS choice. Who really thinks that the USTA makes the correct choices and decisions are hardly ever based on Merit. If Alexandria Stevenson gets any more WC's, I am going to puke. Her results weren't that good at Cincy, what are you talking about? She has done nothing for so long and does not deserve anything anymore. Let her work for it a bit again and learn how to play and gain some confidence in Challengers. She ain't winning at the higher level anymore and is she drawing people because she was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon a hundred years ago? I don;t think she is a draw so why not promote real players that are currently something interesting for the tennis fan to watch. Mashona is sweet and a solid doubs player but please get out to a tournament and watch the near future #1 doubles player in the world compete since she has almost single handedly beaten teams ranked approx. #2, #3, #6, #7, and #13 in world with different partners that were lesser players than her. She got shafted by the USTA and Zina and there are too many BS factors here. It's a shame to shun such a talent for so long but it's great because she is getting very strong and becoming a better fighter. Finally people are taking notice. Maybe her outfits get notice but her game does too. The very negative nature of most people propel them to talk a lot of bad things and it's really funny how many agents and managers and fans I have heard negatives about on numerous players and their reaction as these players I have noticed for obvious reason all of a sudden make a jump. Okay, enough of the rant but Jesus Christmas trees, she is an obvious gem to the Tour and get your heads out of your arsenals and enjoy the girl. PEACE!

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TheGrinders.TV
Jul 24th, 2006, 04:48 AM
any predictions?


If IMG is a sponsor of this tournament or a partial owner like at the NASDAQ, then I would pick all the IMG players first. If you watched the NASDAQ and the show court, every match chosen on that court was an IMG player. Go figure!!!!! Also, every WC was IMG!!!! Hmmmmmm. Do we have a problem with our sport and is there an unfairness? Ummmmmmm, yes. There is an unfairness brought to you by the "Governing Body of Tennis" in the US. Which kind of government is this? Definitely not a fair gov't and one that only exists to strengthen it's own pockets. Forget about the true talents and personalities. Fair, unbiased and the USTA should never be used in the same sentence unless there is 1 negative in there since 2 negatives make a positive =). USTA helps to hold down the progression of building our sport. PEACE

monster
Jul 24th, 2006, 05:04 AM
Serena Williams-As mentioned already assured
Chanda Rubin -Same as SW
USTA National 18's winner -Assured
College Winner- I thought assured...maybe not any more???
Ahsha Rolle- Big game, younger
Angela Haynes- has done well at US Open B4- good player, well known
Alexa Glatch- Up and comer- almost a certainty
Car Cullickson- i'm a big fan- maybe this is hhope as she will ne running out of chances


Other possibilities:
Mattek- I think certainty & will bump one of the above if no one wd's from MD
Alexandra S- Certainly an attention seeker and will get attention but has she (or her mum) burnt the bridges. A fun choice- I enjoy her!
Jessica Kirkland- Maybe unlucky and miss out
Mashona W- I really like her but her Fed Cup inclusion is the only thing keeping her in the race- & only just

I don't think so:
Osterlich-again i like her but she has had a few in her day
Dabek- Had little support from USTA in tregards to WC's- don't think it will start now
Rao- a bad relationship witht he USTA


Qualy Wildcards: I don't think any have a MD chance

Cargill (after this week in Hammond especially but not enogh for MD)
Spears (mini resurgence in last couple of months, def not MD though)
N Uberio
Ospina
Liu
Kops-Jones
Gamble
Cohen

Maybe Sndyer- came back ok in late 1/2 of 2005- little this year though
Maybe Nelson

Chris_G
Jul 24th, 2006, 06:02 AM
College Winner- I thought assured...maybe not any more???

Nope, it stopped being automatic a few years ago because foreign born players started winning the NCAA title. It's a girl from Hungary this year and you can bet the USTA won't give her jack. Speaking of college players, though, I think Kristi Miller's got a real shot at a qualifying WC. She's #2 in the NCAA rankings and already got a wild card into the main draw of doubles at last year's Open. (She and Megan Bradley won a round before losing to Morariu/Schnyder).

Ballbasher
Jul 27th, 2006, 12:46 PM
Jamie Hampton, and Madison Brengle deeserve QWC's IMO

selesfan1
Aug 2nd, 2006, 12:08 AM
Lindsey Nelson

Kutuzova
Aug 2nd, 2006, 02:51 AM
I think that Lauren Albanese will get a qualy WC if she does not win the 18's nationals and get the maindraw WC

monster
Aug 3rd, 2006, 01:39 AM
There will be an Aussie WC- IN Oz papers today- alicia hopesshe won';t have to go through tournie with Casey and nicole to get it

Babolatpro880
Aug 3rd, 2006, 03:57 AM
:lol: Babos certainly won't get one.

I don't really agree with Rolle. She's not been great this year outside of grass (I think her overall record is 16-21).

Tennisace
Aug 8th, 2006, 01:51 AM
Nope, it stopped being automatic a few years ago because foreign born players started winning the NCAA title. It's a girl from Hungary this year and you can bet the USTA won't give her jack. Speaking of college players, though, I think Kristi Miller's got a real shot at a qualifying WC. She's #2 in the NCAA rankings and already got a wild card into the main draw of doubles at last year's Open. (She and Megan Bradley won a round before losing to Morariu/Schnyder).

Although you can bet that the minute an "American" born girl wins the NCAA championships, she will get a main draw WC into the US Open. The last NCAA champion to get a WC into the Open was Amber Liu when she won her second consecutive NCAA singles title in 2004.

As you mentioned, Suzi Babos who is Hungarian but plays for Cal won this year's event. In 2005, the winner was Zuzana Zemenova, also a foreign player.

Andrew..
Aug 8th, 2006, 07:06 AM
I think Alex is probably a lock for one now. She's actually had a half-way decent summer.

disco_rage
Aug 9th, 2006, 12:06 AM
I defo think ANSLEY CARGILL deserves a WC i would like to see her in the Main Draw, after winning two titles in 3 weeks at 50k and 25k level and a good win-loss record for the year 19-7! Defo thinks she deserves a WC!

tennisjt
Aug 9th, 2006, 06:48 PM
Any updates on the wc's?
Has Player Development announced it yet?

-Makiri-
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:33 PM
Carly, Jessica and Alexa sure for me :)

Asif_Nawaz
Aug 11th, 2006, 10:12 AM
JELENA DOKIC should get a qwc imo.

Paneru
Aug 11th, 2006, 03:44 PM
I think Alex is probably a lock for one now. She's actually had a half-way decent summer.
I agree.

She is showing the USTA signs of life
and she'll definitely I think get one.

CooCooCachoo
Aug 11th, 2006, 07:13 PM
Kirkland will get one.

Hopefully Carly :D

Not Neha, probably :(

CooCooCachoo
Aug 11th, 2006, 07:13 PM
The USTA seems to like Amber, so I am guessing Liu will get a Qualies WC.

CooCooCachoo
Aug 11th, 2006, 07:15 PM
Ahsha definitely deserves one :yeah:

CooCooCachoo
Aug 11th, 2006, 07:18 PM
You like Lilia, yet cannot spell her surname :lol: I hope Osterloh gets one though :rocker:

Serena Williams-As mentioned already assured
Chanda Rubin -Same as SW
USTA National 18's winner -Assured
College Winner- I thought assured...maybe not any more???
Ahsha Rolle- Big game, younger
Angela Haynes- has done well at US Open B4- good player, well known
Alexa Glatch- Up and comer- almost a certainty
Car Cullickson- i'm a big fan- maybe this is hhope as she will ne running out of chances


Other possibilities:
Mattek- I think certainty & will bump one of the above if no one wd's from MD
Alexandra S- Certainly an attention seeker and will get attention but has she (or her mum) burnt the bridges. A fun choice- I enjoy her!
Jessica Kirkland- Maybe unlucky and miss out
Mashona W- I really like her but her Fed Cup inclusion is the only thing keeping her in the race- & only just

I don't think so:
Osterlich-again i like her but she has had a few in her day
Dabek- Had little support from USTA in tregards to WC's- don't think it will start now
Rao- a bad relationship witht he USTA


Qualy Wildcards: I don't think any have a MD chance

Cargill (after this week in Hammond especially but not enogh for MD)
Spears (mini resurgence in last couple of months, def not MD though)
N Uberio
Ospina
Liu
Kops-Jones
Gamble
Cohen

Maybe Sndyer- came back ok in late 1/2 of 2005- little this year though
Maybe Nelson

Babolatpro880
Aug 12th, 2006, 03:12 AM
Ahsha definitely deserves one :yeah:
Yeah, her losing record this year really screams wildcard :yeah:

houseoflords
Aug 12th, 2006, 05:04 AM
Stevenson has gotten a few wild cards into the main draw in the past and did absolutely nothing with them. She may have used up her wild cards.

Alexa Glatch is a lock for a wc I think. They were really building her up last year during her juniors run at last year's open.

I think Lauren Albanese may get a main draw wc, if not at least a qualies wc

Madison Brengle won't get a main draw wc but may get one into the qualies. At least one college player will get a qualies wild card.

CooCooCachoo
Aug 12th, 2006, 07:25 AM
Yeah, her losing record this year really screams wildcard :yeah:

It's not that bad :rolleyes: Plus, she is a better player to give it to than Haynes.

amit31
Aug 13th, 2006, 05:31 PM
do you guys know what the cut off for the qualies drawwould be in terms of ranking.

Neha Uberoi is ranked outside of top 250 right now and I was wondering what her chances of making the qualies draw would be incase she does not get a wilcard into the qualies.

In The Zone
Aug 13th, 2006, 06:06 PM
Mattek will not be able to get into the Main Draw because of withdrawals. Players will withdraw last minute to keep their hopes alive of playing the final major. And last minute withdrawals mean lucky losers -- not promoting the next-in-lines. Mattek should receive a WC, especially after a QF showing at Los Angeles, defeating Pennetta and pushing Elena to three. Mattek is a very good player. I saw her play Dechy at the US Open once a few years back and she pushed Dechy to three. I am very intrigued to see how she will play considering her recent success/resurgence.

Tennisace
Aug 14th, 2006, 01:27 AM
Lauren Albanese has earned the main draw WC given to the USTA Girls 18 Super Hardcourts champion.

auntie janie
Aug 14th, 2006, 04:26 PM
I think Alex is probably a lock for one now. She's actually had a half-way decent summer.

She's only won four matches, and those wins were over Challenger-level players, such Anne Keothavong. With all the WTA wild cards Alex has been handed, she had a real chance to boost her ranking, but instead she's still wallowing outside the top 400. If she gets a US Open main draw WC, which I doubt, then someone more deserving has been cheated.

I don't even think she deserves a qualy WC, but maybe she'll get one of those.

I'd love to see Tara Snyder get one. The USTA should reward her for courageously speaking out about the loathesome Joe Giuliano. :p

Jorn
Aug 14th, 2006, 05:37 PM
Caroline Wozniacki will maybe get a Wildcard into the Qualifying tournament.


Edit: Bad news: Caroline has not yet got a US Open qualis wildcard, it was false info in danish TV2. She may get a wildcard, but not sure yet...

Sorry for the wrong info from Danish TV :sad:

Dexter
Aug 14th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Caroline Wozniacki has got a Wildcard into the Qualifying tournament! :)Great news! :bounce:

CooCooCachoo
Aug 14th, 2006, 06:50 PM
She's only won four matches, and those wins were over Challenger-level players, such Anne Keothavong. With all the WTA wild cards Alex has been handed, she had a real chance to boost her ranking, but instead she's still wallowing outside the top 400. If she gets a US Open main draw WC, which I doubt, then someone more deserving has been cheated.

I don't even think she deserves a qualy WC, but maybe she'll get one of those.

I'd love to see Tara Snyder get one. The USTA should reward her for courageously speaking out about the loathesome Joe Giuliano. :p

Yeah, Snyder getting one would be nice based on her achievements too, in my opinion. It's great to see older players fight back.

LegionArgentina
Aug 14th, 2006, 07:20 PM
I hope that Paola Suarez receive a Qualy wc.

TheGrinders.TV
Aug 16th, 2006, 08:25 AM
Mattek will not be able to get into the Main Draw because of withdrawals. Players will withdraw last minute to keep their hopes alive of playing the final major. And last minute withdrawals mean lucky losers -- not promoting the next-in-lines. Mattek should receive a WC, especially after a QF showing at Los Angeles, defeating Pennetta and pushing Elena to three. Mattek is a very good player. I saw her play Dechy at the US Open once a few years back and she pushed Dechy to three. I am very intrigued to see how she will play considering her recent success/resurgence.


I'll tell you one thing, the likelihood of her getting in is good. The ranking that is being used is 105. I believe it is 4 of the last 6 years, that was good enough. But it is close though. I am not sure how to keep this private but the head of the USTA contacted her today since there was a deadline for the application and Beth did not want to worry about USTA bs and messing with her head as they seem to want to get back into her good graces. I mean she is like 2 out so it is funny that the head had called her. Well, she wound up submitting the app. so if she does not get in directly with her ranking, you can be sure she will get the WC. It would be a shame if not and the other girls are all ranked a good amount below her. Beth being smart and not giving in to any possible BS that is a part of the USTA, well, she is preparing 100% for a qualy match. I'll be there Day 1 of Main Draw though =) Peace my friend!

kittyking
Aug 16th, 2006, 10:51 AM
I know its only about a 1 in a million long shot but maybe Marina Erakovic will get a WC to the qualifying draw (after doing so well last year)

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 16th, 2006, 11:41 AM
I know its only about a 1 in a million long shot but maybe Marina Erakovic will get a WC to the qualifying draw (after doing so well last year)

make that 1 in 10000000000000000
she wont get one :o

TheGrinders.TV
Aug 17th, 2006, 06:21 AM
Bethanie Mattek IS Getting One. Confirmed!!!! =). But she'll likely get in anyway. Check her out on www.wtatour.com, There is a Q & A "Getting to Know Bethanie Mattek". Good stuff!

Jorn
Aug 17th, 2006, 04:23 PM
MainDraw WC:

Serena Williams (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Chanda Rubin (Lafayette, La.)
Australian Alicia Molik
Lauren Albanese (Coral Springs, Fla.),
Alexa Glatch (Newport Beach, Calif.),
Jessica Kirkland (Miami),
Bethanie Mattek (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Ahsha Rolle (Miami)


US Open qualifying wild cards:

Madison Brengle (16, Dover, Del.)
Julia Cohen (17, Miami)
Yulia Fedossova (18, France)
Mary Gambale (17, Billerica, Mass.)
Chelsey Gullickson (15, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Jamie Hampton (16, Auburn, Ala.)
Alexandra Stevenson (25, La Jolla, Calif.)
Neha Uberoi (20, Boca Raton, Fla.)
Ashley Weinhold (17, Austin, Texas.)

-Makiri-
Aug 17th, 2006, 05:46 PM
good wild cards, but there isn't Carly Gullickson :bigcry:

leviathane
Aug 17th, 2006, 10:07 PM
good news !

Ahsha :bounce:
Chanda :worship: :bounce: :hearts:

and Yulia for the qualif :worship:

LegionArgentina
Aug 17th, 2006, 10:37 PM
Chanda :yeah:

kittyking
Aug 18th, 2006, 01:46 AM
aww no Erakovic

King Aaron
Aug 18th, 2006, 05:18 PM
Ansley Cargill got screwed over. :sad: