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HOS
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:40 AM
....surpises for me eharing about French lady WC......

Really sad for Loit (that si if she hasn't retired) After 10 years of great performances for France, they don;t consdier her when she is a bit down....I obviously don't have the full story- who knows what happened....


I also thought Asia Tennis Fed cracked it or had a 'differnece of opinion' with ITF and Tennis OZ and no more Asian Wikcrads. No Asia WC play off so they go to highest Asian not in draw- friggin dumb , should be higgest asian whose country is not represneted- this was the way it used to be before WC playoff. All due repect to Yuan, but it shouldn't be Chinese player in this case.


Anyways, here is the article from Oz Open website
Six players from the United States, France and Asia have been granted wildcards to the main draw of Australian Open 2009.

The wildcards are awarded under exchange agreements with the United States Tennis Association, French Tennis Federation and the Asian Tennis Federation.

John Isner and Christina McHale earned their place in the main draw after winning the USTA wildcard tournament in Florida in late December.

Isner, 23, of Florida, finished 2008 ranked No.144 in the world. He appeared in the main draw of all four Grand Slams in 2008, and lost in the first round of Australian Open 2008 to France’s Fabrice Santoro. The former University of Georgia standout won his second career USTA Pro Circuit Challenger title in Texas in September.

Sixteen-year-old McHale of New Jersey will be making her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open. Starting 2008 ranked world No.712, a successful year on the USTA Pro Circuit, where she reached the semis in Augusta and quarterfinals in San Diego and Florida, saw her rise to a year-end ranking of 377. McHale also reached the girls’ singles final at the prestigious 18/u Orange Bowl, and led the USA to an historic Junior Fed Cup win in Mexico in September.

The French-nominated wildcards have gone to Adrian Mannarino and Kristina Mladenovic.

Mannarino has risen nearly 200 ranking points in the past 12 months and is currently ranked 129. His best 2008 results include winning the Jersey Challenger and reaching the finals in Rennes, and winning Futures events in France and Great Britain.

Fifteen-year-old Mladenovic achieved some impressive results on the junior circuit in 2008, including semifinal appearances on three surfaces – hardcourt at the US Open Juniors, clay at the Grade 1 Gerry Weber Open and grass at Roehampton. Her world junior ranking is 11.

Australian Open wildcards have also been awarded to the two highest ranked Asian players not yet in the main draw, Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan and Yuan Meng from China.

This is Istomin’s second appearance at the Australian Open. In 2008 he was also awarded a wildcard and won an epic four set match against Lukas Lacko. He went on to push Lleyton Hewitt to four sets before losing in the second round. Currently ranked 109, Istomin improved his ranking by more than 100 points in 2008 with wins at two Challenger events in Uzbekistan, and reached the finals in the Ukraine and Russia.

Currently ranked 127, Yuan’s Australian Open wildcard ensures a much easier passage into the tournament than in 2008 when she battled through quallies to reach the maindraw. She scored a win over Russian Ekaterina Ivanova in the first round before falling to the power of Serena Williams in the second.

The final Australian Open discretionary wildcards (four men and four women) will be announced within the next week.

Current Australian Open wildcards:

Men: Colin Ebelthite (Play-off winner), John Isner (USTA), Adrian Mannarino (French), Denis Istomin (Asia)

Women: Jelena Dokic (Play-off winner), Christina McHale (USTA), Kristina Mladenovic (French), Yuan Meng (Asia).

Cat's Pajamas
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:44 AM
I don't doubt Mladenovic's talent but she is going to be annihilated in the main draw if she faces any non-slumping player. :o

Harvs
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:44 AM
eugh i hate yuan.

iGOAT
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:47 AM
I like Yuan :) but Kimiko deserved it soooooo much more :shout:
Mladenovic :unsure:
I also heard Holland got one:o

Привет
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:50 AM
Kristina is going to struggle. :( I hope it doesn't break her spirit too much, she's still so young. :)

It would have been nice for some young Asian players who have been having some decent results to be considered. I mean, Meng Yuan would be in the qualifying draw anyway. :shrug: A bit of a waste of a WC in my opinion.

Pasta-Na
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:53 AM
i cant believe yuan got it instead of yan :fiery:

Dawson.
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:00 AM
Cannot believe Yan didn't get the asian WC.

I know Mladenovic is one of france's top juniors, but seriously a grand slam main draw wild card is too much. Her best win on tour is over a player ranked #711 in the world, talk about throwing her in at the deep end!! If she gets double bagelled by a top 20 player, it might wreck for confidence

Keadz
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:01 AM
I can't believe asian players even got a wild cards after the federation started complaining. Crap news for Australian players anyway.

Yaun is a pretty average pusher so they should have looked past the rankings and gave it to someone who deserved it..but what ever. Bad news all around.

Dexter
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:02 AM
What a retarded choice as an Asian wildcard... This girl has no talent whatsoever.

Dawson.
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:08 AM
but actually, come to think of it - we always seem to slate the wild card choices then get proven dramatically wrong :lol:

Zheng - Wimbledon SF
Bremond - USO R4
Yuan - AO QF????

DutchieGirl
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:09 AM
Please give Anna Wishink a quallie WC! :angel: :lol:

Mladenovic is probably not the best option for the French WC. Yes she's a good junior but at 15 and having not much experience on the ITF/WTA tour a quallie WC would have been better for her if she had to get one (but I know we don't have the agreement with France for quallies).

Dexter
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:11 AM
but actually, come to think of it - we always seem to slate the wild card choices then get proven dramatically wrong :lol:

Zheng - Wimbledon SF
Bremond - USO R4
Yuan - AO QF????Sure, she will moonball her way to the final! :worship:

Pasta-Na
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:16 AM
but actually, come to think of it - we always seem to slate the wild card choices then get proven dramatically wrong :lol:

Zheng - Wimbledon SF
Bremond - USO R4
Yuan - AO QF????

zheng was in top 30 before her injury.

but yuan always stayed around #80 to #100 :o Well, please just win one match. :scared:

Yan Zi'd be awarded a WC instead of Yuan as she was 2006 WD Champion here and in top 40 before and also had some great wins on Serbian players. :fiery:

AUSBOY
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:23 AM
I'm pleased for Meng! She played some great tennis last year, especially in the 1st round of the main draw. She's quite a diverse player and not just a moonballer and can play a hard flat game when tactically its a good option for her.

I hope she can win a round or two, she always plays well at the Australian Open. The crowd certainly loved her against Serena last year.

HOS
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:24 AM
the crap thing is that Yan is ranked higher than Yuan???? I don't get it.

Under the old agreement KSENIA PALKINA should get it being the highest ranked Asian whose country isnt represented (I think the old rule also stimpuklated the player had to be Top 250- so she woudl def have got it)

Doln;t know much about Palkina myslef.....

I don't doubt the young FRrebch girl has telent....I just thought if they were going to support a player Emilie could have done with it

Or for a youth policy, Fedossova (who they have helped bbefore)Huck or Pavlovic may have been more obvious choices ....again saw Fedossova 2 years ago when she got the Wc and am surprised she is ranked as low is she is. Don't know Voilette or Irena.....

Pasta-Na
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:26 AM
I'm pleased for Meng! She played some great tennis last year, especially in the 1st round of the main draw. She's quite a diverse player and not just a moonballer and can play a hard flat game when tactically its a good option for her.

I hope she can win a round or two, she always plays well at the Australian Open. The crowd certainly loved her against Serena last year.

true :yeah:

some people called her a moonballer though :o

Привет
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:33 AM
Whether Yuan is a moonballer or not is irrelevant. She's ranked high enough right now to play qualifying, right? So why is she being upgraded to the MD? :scratch:

Ksenia Palkina would've been an awesome choice. I mean how often is a girl from Kyrgyzstan going to be given a WC oppurtunity? As opposed to a Chinese player. :rolleyes:

Daniel K
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:34 AM
Yeah Yan's ranked higher :/
A bit confusing. I guess Meng was higher on the entry list or something. Well Meng played pretty well last year so good luck to her.

Pasta-Na
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:37 AM
Yeah Yan's ranked higher :/
A bit confusing. I guess Meng was higher on the entry list or something. Well Meng played pretty well last year so good luck to her.

she played well in brisbane international Q draw too :p

hope yuan and yan'll be in top 100 again this year.

maybe tiantian'll be awarded a Q WC as she was last year MXD champion. :rolls:

nouf
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:40 AM
lol why its a bad choice for mladenovic? french federation said emilie and olivia was too old to have wc and they wanted to give chance to a young player! golovin had same wc and her ao has been good! me i believe in kiki and everytime u critic WC, give ur support to her and for info kiki already defeated loit sanchez and fedossova in matches in CNE.

Dawson.
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:48 AM
zheng was in top 30 before her injury.
:secret: I was being sarcastic

DutchieGirl
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:53 AM
lol why its a bad choice for mladenovic? french federation said emilie and olivia was too old to have wc and they wanted to give chance to a young player! golovin had same wc and her ao has been good! me i believe in kiki and everytime u critic WC, give ur support to her and for info kiki already defeated loit sanchez and fedossova in matches in CNE.
We just think it's a bit soon for her to be thrown into a Grand Slam maindraw having barely played onthe ITF circuit and not having beaten anyone in the top 700 yet. Plus she;s only 15. It might have been better if they waited a year of 2 - it is putting alot of pressure on her, and if she gets thrashed then it might dent her confidence. (think lukaszewicz).

njnetswill
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:43 AM
If the story about Yuan getting kicked out of the Chinese tennis program for stealing a gun is true, I am all for her getting WCs. :worship: :lol: You can't make that shit up. Anyone can find that news source where I first read it?

nouf
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:10 AM
kiki last year had wc in open gaz of france and her match with kvitova was close so kvitova was in her best tennis, more kiki will have a stronger player in front of her ,better she will be :)

DutchieGirl
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:15 AM
kiki last year had wc in open gaz of france and her match with kvitova was close so kvitova was in her best tennis, more kiki will have a stronger player in front of her ,better she will be :)
Possibly, but it'd be bad if she did get beaten badly and lost confidence because of it.

Harju.
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:58 AM
Someone please tell the French Federation that not everyone can pull a Tati on AO :sobbing:

Iceland
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:22 AM
It makes sense to grant the French WC to a youngster since it's an older player who had it for the US Open.
Hard to judge whether Kristina's level will be enough to make a decent show in the AO. I would have more understood had she played in qualies. Yeah it's a bold decision but if the FFT gave to her this WC, it's because they have confidence in her. They wouldn't let our best prospect go to hell, they are dumb but not insane.
Having said that, I wish Vongsouthi had it. She was really deserving for her nice season.

As regards the Asian WC, it sucks obviously. There were way better choices...

iGOAT
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:29 AM
I can't believe asian players even got a wild cards after the federation started complaining. Crap news for Australian players anyway.

Yaun is a pretty average pusher so they should have looked past the rankings and gave it to someone who deserved it..but what ever. Bad news all around.
They give Asian players wildcards so they can act like they're the Asian slam and Asia doesn't need it's own

Elisse
Jan 8th, 2009, 02:41 PM
Yay Denis Istomin!!!! :yeah: :bounce:

Happy about Dokic, but poor chooses for the other girls IMHO :o

korben
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:16 PM
No Asia WC play off so they go to highest Asian not in draw- friggin dumb , should be higgest asian whose country is not represented - this was the way it used to be before WC playoff.

Oh, it has changed. Last year Asian champions got wildcards (Tulyaganova & Istomin)
After hard 30 second googling, couldn´t find who won those titles in -08... whoever, WCs should go to them, in case they are not in MD already.