View Full Version : Simone Kalhorn--why does she keep getting WTA WC's?

Aug 21st, 2012, 01:47 AM
She got her fourth WTA main draw wild card into the doubles event in Dallas, despite being a borderline bagel girl. She's racked up a grand total of 7 games in her four matches, and is 3-14 for the year. Two of those wins came against local teams without rankings. And her two most recent WTA wild cards to DC and Dallas came directly after losing 6-0 6-2 in the first round of a 10K :o She also got five wild cards into doubles event at challengers and futures events this year. And four qualifying wildcards into WTA singles events, despite going 2-15 this year and having never beaten anyone inside the top 1,000.

So what gives? I know she's part of Luke Jensen's program at Syracuse University, but no WTA tournament director would look at her record and think she's ready for the pro tour. Is Syracuse paying for her wild cards? Is Luke?

Aug 21st, 2012, 04:01 AM
She probably just shows up everywhere and they have no one else to give them to.

Aug 21st, 2012, 04:49 AM
Clearly it is Jensen's doing, by what means exactly I don't know. It is clear that he is doing a significant amount of promotional work for these tournaments, so perhaps that in and of itself provides more value to the tournaments as opposed to awarding these wildcards to more credible players who are similarly unknown to the general public.

Jensen: "If you want to be the best, you've got to have the best facilities, the best schedule and show the blue-chip recruits that are coming up that you can take kids to the next level."

I guess arranging WTA wildcards for the likes of Kalhorn, Parra and Harman is one way of demonstrating that. :rolleyes:

So surprising that none of the top recruits have signed on. Maybe now that they are moving to the ACC...

Juju Nostalgique
Aug 21st, 2012, 10:39 AM
No locals available? :oh:

Aug 23rd, 2012, 07:28 AM
She got a couple of WC's in ITFs too, but didn't even do any damage.

Aug 23rd, 2012, 10:29 AM
Looking a bit peculiar too :oh: