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AUSBOY
Dec 19th, 2005, 11:33 PM
Aussie women to compete for wildcard

December 19, 2005

Nicole Pratt and Casey Dellacqua will compete against some of Australia's brightest tennis prospects for a main draw wildcard in the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts.

Pratt of Queensland and Dellacqua of Perth will receive first round byes for the play-off, which will be contested at Royal Pines Resort on Tuesday 27 and 28 of December.

They will be joined by Sophie Ferguson (NSW), Lauren Breadmore (VIC), Shayna McDowell (QLD) and Shannon Golds, who today defeated Natasha Kersten for the sixth position.

Tennis Australia’s recently appointed Director of Player Development Craig Tiley has made it a priority to provide Australian players with improved quantity and quality of competition at home.
This strategy is reflected in the wildcard play-offs which have been established for the Medibank Sydney International, Next Generation Adelaide International and Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts.

Tournament director Liz Smylie said the wildcard play-off was a great opportunity for an Australian player to be rewarded for their form and continue to adapt to the challenging weather conditions at the Gold Coast.

"Aside from the ranking points and prize money on offer at the Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts, the winner will compete against some of the best players from around the world," Smylie said.
"We’ve got four Queenslanders in the mix, with Australia’s No.3 player Nicole Pratt as top seed, promising 16-year-old Shayna McDowell being rewarded for her results during the year, and Gold Coast locals Shannon Golds and Natasha Kersten taking part in an elimination match for the final position.

"With the calibre of this play-off field we’re going to see some fantastic matches and whoever wins will have the chance to really kick-start their 2006 season," she said.

ozfan44
Dec 27th, 2005, 02:06 AM
Draw:

1-Nicole Pratt bye
Lauren Breadmore defeated Shannon Golds 6-3 6-?
Sophie Ferguson vs Shayna McDowell 6-3 5-7 In Progress
2-Casey Dellacqua bye

ozfan44
Dec 27th, 2005, 02:11 AM
Sophie Ferguson defeated Shayna McDowell 6-3 5-7 6-2

Semi Finals Not Before 3pm QLD Time This arvo

Good Luck Dellacqua :bounce:

gillibean
Dec 27th, 2005, 09:59 AM
Sophie d. Casey - 7-5,2-6,6-4.
Pratt d Breadmore straight sets

Varvagina
Dec 27th, 2005, 10:02 AM
Go sophie :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :worship:

gillibean
Dec 27th, 2005, 10:08 AM
Yay goodreps for lizzard
Tomoz Soph Ferguson v Nicole Pratt....woot woot fire up!!!!!

Alicia Rocks
Dec 27th, 2005, 10:22 AM
yay omg i wanna see sophie play next monday!!!
lets go sophie!!! :D
great win today :D

gillibean
Dec 27th, 2005, 10:25 AM
Alicia_Rocks I so hope you get to see Soph next Monday!! How exciting! Great win today - hopefully many more to come especially a big one tomorrow!!!

petey_pan
Dec 27th, 2005, 10:34 AM
awesome job Soph! plz beat pratty

samhatz
Dec 27th, 2005, 11:09 AM
However much I'd like to see Sophie play... I love Nicole.. So c'mon Nicole - re-discover your game and your rank!

Alicia Rocks
Dec 27th, 2005, 11:35 AM
Alicia_Rocks I so hope you get to see Soph next Monday!! How exciting! Great win today - hopefully many more to come especially a big one tomorrow!!!

lets hope so :D :worship: :bounce:

CooCooCachoo
Dec 27th, 2005, 02:48 PM
I'd like Sophie to win this ;) Good luck!

ozfan44
Dec 28th, 2005, 02:09 AM
Final:

Nicole Pratt leads Sophie Ferguson 6-2

CCCP1
Dec 28th, 2005, 03:11 AM
Go Pratty

ozfan44
Dec 28th, 2005, 03:12 AM
Sophie Ferguson def Nicole Pratt 2-6 6-3 7-6

Pratt served for the match up 5-3 in the 3rd

Well done Sophie!

gillibean
Dec 28th, 2005, 11:57 AM
Legendary!

Jorn
Dec 28th, 2005, 12:21 PM
Any news out about who will get the last wildcard?

Can they give Pratt the wc now she lost...

CooCooCachoo
Dec 28th, 2005, 01:17 PM
Well done Sophie :)

ozfan44
Dec 28th, 2005, 01:30 PM
Any news out about who will get the last wildcard?

Can they give Pratt the wc now she lost...

i think that was the last wildcard!

i was hoping that we would find out that hingis got the gold exempt emirates status approved by the wta by now so she could have used the gold/silver exempt wildcard but i havent heard if they decided this yet so i think she was given 1 of the 2 ordinary wildcards :fiery: :rolleyes: so sophie got the only one remainign by winning today!

~|Naomi|~
Dec 29th, 2005, 06:31 AM
Any news out about who will get the last wildcard?

Can they give Pratt the wc now she lost...

Pratt got the last wc:)

~|Naomi|~
Dec 29th, 2005, 06:34 AM
http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,17684828-23216,00.html




Meanwhile, veteran Nicole Pratt has been granted a wildcard into the main draw despite losing a play-off to fellow Australian Sophie Ferguson yesterday. Tennis Australia has granted a reprieve to Pratt, giving her one of three wildcards alongside Hingis and Ferguson.

LefandePatty
Dec 29th, 2005, 07:21 AM
Sophie :banana:

The Kaz
Dec 29th, 2005, 08:08 AM
Nicole gets another Wildcard she DOESNT deserve :mad: