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eagles07
May 12th, 2008, 02:47 PM
Who do you all think will get the Wildcards to wimbldeon 2008 ? Great news that Keothavong has got direct acceptance :bounce: , I think they give 8 Wildcards and one goes to the junior winner from previous year ? Anyway who do you think will get them ?

Shvedbarilescu
May 12th, 2008, 02:51 PM
I'm just hoping the LTA have the good sense to give a QWC to Kimiko Date-Krumm. :worship:

MLF
May 12th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Anna Fitzpatrick is bound to get one I'd say after making the junior semis last year.

I think O'Brien, Cavaday, South, Baltacha and Cavaday will also get one in terms of the Brits and I'd like to see Sarah Borwell get one but think she'll find herself in qualies as I think Amanda Elliott or Georgie Stoop are more likely to get one than Sarah.

Pdm1987
May 12th, 2008, 03:02 PM
My choices:

Katiepegs
Elena
Mel
Naomi
Amanda E

The rest will probably go to foreigners.

Farina Elia Fan
May 12th, 2008, 03:13 PM
I agree with Peter but I have a feeling Anna F will get it over Amanda, which I dont think is fair but Anna seems to have the right contacts etc.


Qualies
Sarah B
One of the two previously mentioned
Katharina
Georgie
Anna S

CooCooCachoo
May 12th, 2008, 03:19 PM
Fitzpatrick will get one, I think. O'Brien, Cavaday, Baltacha are sure locks. And Urszula Radwanska as last year's junior champ.

powerbackhand
May 12th, 2008, 03:41 PM
jelena dokic

Slutiana
May 12th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Fitzpatrick will get one, I think. O'Brien, Cavaday, Baltacha are sure locks. And Urszula Radwanska as last year's junior champ.
And Mel South. :)

Hopefully they will consider JD for a QWC.

markdelaney
May 12th, 2008, 05:04 PM
jelena dokic

Jelena has 3 weeks to change her nationality to British and then she might get one

I personally wouldn't give wildcards to any player that has never been in the top 120, with the exception of juniors. They should be given to far more deserving players who could actually win a couple of rounds, rather than dishing them out to non hoper Brits, especially those turning up year after year for them.

Congratulations to Anne Keothavong on actually being ranked high enough to get in directly this time.

powerbackhand
May 12th, 2008, 05:17 PM
jelena said she has being offered WCs the lst 2 years so she prob will get 1

Petkorazzi
May 12th, 2008, 05:19 PM
Guess they'll waste a WC on a crappy player again. I still can't believe they gave a WC to Kutuzova last year. :haha:

serenus_2k8
May 12th, 2008, 05:20 PM
I would still rather see Brits get them, clearly they need some help :lol:

And an impressive win or two could really kick start a career, you can never label some1 a 'no hoper' in my opinion.

cn ireland
May 12th, 2008, 05:24 PM
Hopefully Jelena Dokic and maybe even Alexandra Stevenson.

markdelaney
May 12th, 2008, 05:41 PM
I would still rather see Brits get them, clearly they need some help :lol:

And an impressive win or two could really kick start a career, you can never label some1 a 'no hoper' in my opinion.

I agree but how many wildcards should a player get ? It's never kick started a career yet. I'd prefer them going to top British juniors, not somebody of 24 who has already had 5 wildcards and still hasn't won a match ! Players like Dokic, Lucic and Stephenson could re-start their careers again with the big stage and better opponents and since all have been semi finalists in the past, they must deserve wild cards more than some of the British players who will inevitably get them.

Wintermute
May 12th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Fitzpatrick will get one, I think. O'Brien, Cavaday, Baltacha are sure locks. And Urszula Radwanska as last year's junior champ.

Sounds like a good list. Maybe Dokic too as she's now on the rise and seems serious about it.

For players like Anne and Katie hovering just outside the Top 100 it's opportunities like this that could help propel them to the next level. A little bit of luck with the draw and a strong determined performance are all that is needed. The Brit girls are in the best form they've been in for several years. Wimbledon, remember, exists as a not-for-profit organisation to reinvest in British tennis. Wildcards are justified - the Brits don't get a helping hand outside the grass season after all.

Pdm1987
May 12th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Anna Fitzpatrick is bound to get one I'd say after making the junior semis last year.

I think O'Brien, Cavaday, South, Baltacha and Cavaday will also get one in terms of the Brits and I'd like to see Sarah Borwell get one but think she'll find herself in qualies as I think Amanda Elliott or Georgie Stoop are more likely to get one than Sarah.

Fitzpatrick will get one, I think. O'Brien, Cavaday, Baltacha are sure locks. And Urszula Radwanska as last year's junior champ.

I don't think Fitzpatrick deserves one at all after her results this year. I know she did well against Osterloh in Birmingham, won a round in Wimbledon qualies last year, and then got to the semi finals of the girls singles, but a maindraw WC is too much.

StephenUK
May 12th, 2008, 08:01 PM
It's good that Anne Keothavong will get into the main draw and that there are now a number of girls in the top 200, so at least they have some experience at playing top 100 players outside the grass court season. It will also help to disguise the dreadful state of the men's game, where Tim Henman is still the fifth best despite retiring nearly a year ago, and where there are only two players besides Murray in the top 350.

Brit wild cards get a lot of criticism, presumably a lot more then their counterparts in the other grand slams, but the fact is that all the other slams have a similar policy of giving wild cards to their own players who can't get in on ranking. The problem is that so few Brits ever get in on ranking that the performances of the wild cards are scrutinised - compare that to the French or the US where the host country maybe has a dozen main draw entries of each sex, plus top players who end up in the second week. I think Brit wild cards do pretty well given the usual gulfs in ranking and the pressure they are under.
The fact is that Wimbledon is much more generous in giving wild cards to foreign players - the other slams tend to give them to representatives of countries from the other slams in swap arrangements and the Australian gives one to the winner of the Asian games.

Presumably only a maximum of 6 will go to Brits as one will go to Urszula Radwanska as winner of junior Wimbledon. Last year, they also gave one to Pavlyuchenkova as world no 1 junior but it was a bit of a disaster, plus the totally inexplicable one to Kutuzova. Seems like Eastern Europe is getting more of a nod these days, previously there was always favouritism to doubles players and players from the former colonies, hence Cara Black's numerous wild cards. I agree that Dokic or Stevenson may get one if they continue to play better. I can definitely see Alicia Molik getting one as well, as the Wimbledon toffs love an Aussie.

O'Brien, Baltacha, South and Cavaday all deserve them for their performances over the last few months and because they look like they could win a round if they get a good draw (someone like Castano or Domachowska would do nicely!)

I don't think Borwell will get one as her ranking is dropping and she is now in her late 20s. I would think that Fitzpatrick and Elliott have a good chance, though maybe Georgie Stoop will get one - depending on how she plays as she continues to return from injury.

Qualies - Stoop or Elliott, Borwell, Curtis, Smith, plus any of the others if fewer Brits get WCs - not sure who else deserves one.

Just Do It
May 12th, 2008, 08:18 PM
Sexy Lexy vs Jelena Dokic QR1 would be just too :drool:

Jelena said they called her last 2 years to give her a wild card, so I guess now when she is winning again, she will most definitely get one.

Just Do It
May 12th, 2008, 08:20 PM
By t he way, is it possible for Sexy Lexy to get in Q draw directly ? She is ranked 227 at the moment I think.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 12th, 2008, 08:24 PM
By t he way, is it possible for Sexy Lexy to get in Q draw directly ? She is ranked 227 at the moment I think.


I would say Lexy has a 99% chance of getting into the Wimby Q draw with her ranking of #227:bounce:.

Monica_Rules
May 12th, 2008, 08:36 PM
I agree but how many wildcards should a player get ? It's never kick started a career yet. I'd prefer them going to top British juniors, not somebody of 24 who has already had 5 wildcards and still hasn't won a match ! Players like Dokic, Lucic and Stephenson could re-start their careers again with the big stage and better opponents and since all have been semi finalists in the past, they must deserve wild cards more than some of the British players who will inevitably get them.
None of the metioned people are 24 and have never won a match. Bally has been to the 3rd round and 2nd round. Plus shes had some bad draws compared to some brits.
Not so long ago people were saying Anne was a waste of space and she never deserved the WC's. now shes get into the MD in her own right shes flavour of the month.

My MD WC's would go to Katie, Bally, Mel and Naomi. All have won a match before or have the capablility. naomi should have beaten Hingis last year, plus shes still only 19.
I'm unsure with Anna Fitzpatrick or Amanda Elliott. I think both aren't ready for the MD, i think in qualifying they could get a couple of wins, they might even qualify and the be in the MD and full of confidence. I'de be tempted to see who does best in surbiton and birmingham before giving one or both of them MD WC's. Have to say i'm liking Amanda fighting qualities in her matches. if they don't get MD WC's then defo WC's for qualies.

Other Q WC's

Sarah Borwell, yes shes in her late 20's but shes been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and could do it again. She seems to be getting back on track now.
Georgie Stoop- Was in line for one last year when ranked 265 but then got a big injury. Quallies would give her a decent rankign boost against players shes more than capable of beating.
The other contenders would be Anna Smith- not having a good year but on her day is amazing. Jade Curtis- Has experience at this level. Katerina Brown- Up and coming. Naomi Broady- On her grass her game will shine. Yasmin Clarke- moved up 200 places in 4 tournaments.

They could throw in a proper WC with Laura Robson. Maybe next year?

serenus_2k8
May 12th, 2008, 08:52 PM
I agree but how many wildcards should a player get ? It's never kick started a career yet. I'd prefer them going to top British juniors, not somebody of 24 who has already had 5 wildcards and still hasn't won a match ! Players like Dokic, Lucic and Stephenson could re-start their careers again with the big stage and better opponents and since all have been semi finalists in the past, they must deserve wild cards more than some of the British players who will inevitably get them.

Perhaps the brits are late bloomers :tape: :lol:

We can hardly complain of how terrible British tennis is and then ask Wimb to not keep supporting those who are battling it out. Katie won her first match there last year, she could take it one step further with a good draw and some added confidence. As for Anne :drool: would love an inspired dash to the 3rd round or further :lick:

serenus_2k8
May 12th, 2008, 08:54 PM
TBH, we dont get to see much of the other Brits during the year, and Wimb is the perfect time to show case them, especially since the coverage of Wimb is just awesome so we can watch them all, and see how they've progressed. Plus the first rounds are often a bit slow IMO as players are far from reaching the best, so its good to have some1 to cheer early on :D

serenus_2k8
May 12th, 2008, 08:56 PM
None of the metioned people are 24 and have never won a match. Bally has been to the 3rd round and 2nd round. Plus shes had some bad draws compared to some brits.
Not so long ago people were saying Anne was a waste of space and she never deserved the WC's. now shes get into the MD in her own right shes flavour of the month.

My MD WC's would go to Katie, Bally, Mel and Naomi. All have won a match before or have the capablility. naomi should have beaten Hingis last year, plus shes still only 19.
I'm unsure with Anna Fitzpatrick or Amanda Elliott. I think both aren't ready for the MD, i think in qualifying they could get a couple of wins, they might even qualify and the be in the MD and full of confidence. I'de be tempted to see who does best in surbiton and birmingham before giving one or both of them MD WC's. Have to say i'm liking Amanda fighting qualities in her matches. if they don't get MD WC's then defo WC's for qualies.

Other Q WC's

Sarah Borwell, yes shes in her late 20's but shes been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and could do it again. She seems to be getting back on track now.
Georgie Stoop- Was in line for one last year when ranked 265 but then got a big injury. Quallies would give her a decent rankign boost against players shes more than capable of beating.
The other contenders would be Anna Smith- not having a good year but on her day is amazing. Jade Curtis- Has experience at this level. Katerina Brown- Up and coming. Naomi Broady- On her grass her game will shine. Yasmin Clarke- moved up 200 places in 4 tournaments.

They could throw in a proper WC with Laura Robson. Maybe next year?

I'd give them all WC's without doubt, it can't do any harm to let them taste a Grand Slam :confused: Its good for them to know they have support and this should encourage improvement from them all. If theres ever anywhere to win a match, they know its here.

jonny84
May 12th, 2008, 10:58 PM
I think 5 will go to Brits - O'Brien, Cavaday, South, Baltacha and Fitzpatrick
3 will go to others - hopefully Dokic, U. Radwanska and maybe BS McCarthy!

homogenius
May 12th, 2008, 11:13 PM
I'm just hoping the LTA have the good sense to give a QWC to Kimiko Date-Krumm. :worship:

Same here

Dawson.
May 21st, 2008, 02:47 PM
6 players who i think will definately get wild cards;
Katie O'Brien (GBR)
Elena Baltacha (GBR)
Melanie South (GBR)
Naomi Cavaday (GBR)
Anna Fitzpatrick (GBR)
Urszula Radwanska (POL)

I'm not sure about the remaining two. Any of the following probably;
Madison Brengle (USA)(07 girls runner up, sharapova 03 remember?)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Alicia Molik (AUS)
Sam Stosur (AUS)(not sure if she has a protected ranking)
Jelena Dokic (AUS)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR)

Can i just state that i think Laura Robson should get a wild card into qualifying based on her junior results, but this is very unlikey this year.

jamatthews
May 21st, 2008, 02:51 PM
MD WCs

Amanda Elliot
Georgie Stoop (depending on a good performance at Surbiton/Birmingham)
Sprem
Stosur
etc...

Viktymise
May 21st, 2008, 02:56 PM
Guess they'll waste a WC on a crappy player again. I still can't believe they gave a WC to Kutuzova last year. :haha:

Vika was mis-diagnosed Wimbledon doctors in 2006 right before her match against Clijsters, and they advised her to withdraw.

So to make up for it, they gave her a MDWC next year, which she wasted of course. :o

They didn't just randomly hand it out to her though.