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rusty_red_head
Dec 23rd, 2003, 11:57 AM
Samantha Stosur and Christina Wheeler, the two Australian players that played off for the Australian Open Wildcard last weekend have been announced as the two wildcard recipients into the main draw of the 2004 Moorilla International to be played at the Domain Tennis Centre in Hobart between January 9th-16th, 2004.



Stosur (19 years old) defeated Wheeler in the final play-off for the Australian Open Wildcard in a tough battle, 7-6(6), 6-3. Ranked 162 in the world at the end of 2003, Stosur will be looking to kick-start her 2004 Australian Open campaign with some good wins here in Hobart. Stosur achieved her career best grand slam result so far when she reached the third round at the 2003 Australian Open (defeating former Wimbledon Champion, Conchita Martinez in the first round).



"Stosur has shown more potential than what Alicia Molik did at her age and I believe that she will mature into a much better player in the future", said Australian Open Chief Executive, Paul McNamee at the 2004 Moorilla International launch earlier this month.



Wheeler (19 years old) played at the Moorilla International in 2002 and was a finalist in the doubles. Ranked just below Stosur at 166 in the world, Wheeler will have a good opportunity to put together a few surprise performances.



"Despite some intense competition from tournaments in Sydney and Canberra, we are extremely pleased that we have been able to secure two of the top womenís players in Australia for Hobart", said tournament director, Mike Burke.



In the qualifying event, four Australian junior players have been given wildcards. Four players from qualifying will go through to the main draw starting on Sunday 11th January 2004. Australian players, Lauren Breadmore from Victoria (ranked 268 in the world), South Australian pair Adriana Szili (ranked 781 in the world) and Olivia Lukaszewicz (ranked 924 in the world) and Lara Giltinan (ranked 909 in the world) will compete with twenty-eight other players for spots in the main draw.



Lukaszewicz is a player of the future and at only 15 years of age is currently the fourth best junior player in Australia. Giltinan is the daughter of former Australian Davis Cup player, Bob Giltinan and at only 17 years of age is currently second on the Australian junior rankings behind West Australian, Casey Dellacqua.



"Having Stosur and Wheeler playing here in Hobart, it will give the Hobart public a good chance to cheer on the Aussies as they attempt to keep the Moorilla International title in Australian hands", said tournament director, Mike Burke.



"It will also be good for the Hobart public to come along and watch the Australian junior players in qualifying, as these are the players that will be on the way up in the future."



The wildcard announcement finalises the list of players for the tournament, with the field being the best ever in the tournamentís eleven-year history. The lowest player in the 2004 field is ranked No. 84 in the world (not including the wildcard players).

SpikeyAidanm
Dec 23rd, 2003, 12:10 PM
that means Stosur is out of Sydney.

So the organsiers will give a WC to Molik, Pratt and sum1 else :shrug:

looks like they are goin to be forced to giv one to tanasugarn again :speakles: :o :scratch:

Mattographer
Dec 23rd, 2003, 01:22 PM
Looking forward to see how they going :)

azza
Dec 23rd, 2003, 09:15 PM
Omg :yeah: Go Chrissy and Sam :)

AUSBOY
Dec 24th, 2003, 12:49 AM
Im happy with the wildcards. Giltinans is a bit suss but she is our number 2 junior and did ok in the Junior Slams but her challenger form was very suspect!

Szili too is questionable, however I feel she deserves one more chance. I hope she grabs it! She is just incredibly down in confidence, when high on confidence she is a top 350 player.

I assume Lauren or Olivia L will be back up for the 3rd main draw wildcard if it doesnt go to a gold/silver exempt player.

With regards to Sydney, both Molik and Pratt will receive one without a doubt as they havent even bothered committing to Canberra or Tasmania. The 3rd wildcard if spare will most likely go to Evie or Trudi.

I think Evie though will play Canberra main draw with Casey who did well in Canberra last year. I hope not though, I think it would be good for Evie to get a Syd main draw wildcard. She needs a match against a top player and just try to some top level match practice before the Aust Open.

With regards to the Aust Open the main draw wildcards are basically set in concrete!

Musgrave
Stosur
Wheeler
Dellacqua
Evie Dominikovic

The final one will go to Ferguson or Adamczak or someone else if the have a good run in one of the lead ups.


The qualifying wildcards will go to

Adamczak or Ferguson
Breadmore
Hewitt
Stewart
Probably Grahame
Olivia L

The remaining 2?? Could be Szili, Cheung, Horiatopolous, Dittmann, Watson, Welford, Baker or Cupac

SpikeyAidanm
Dec 24th, 2003, 12:52 AM
Apparently Stosur is supposed to play Canberra, according to azza's phone call :scared:

Mattographer
Dec 24th, 2003, 09:27 AM
Apparently Stosur is supposed to play Canberra, according to azza's phone call :scared:
No, she confirmed to play Hobart. You know what azza like, right? :rolleyes:

azza
Dec 24th, 2003, 11:00 AM
No, she confirmed to play Hobart. You know what azza like, right? :rolleyes:

MATTHEW FUCK OFF

ozfan44
Dec 24th, 2003, 11:03 AM
well there is a spare md wc somewhere here either canberra or hobart

azza
Dec 24th, 2003, 11:04 AM
im so sick of you :mad:

ghosts
Dec 24th, 2003, 11:20 AM
Thanks :)

ozfan44
Dec 28th, 2003, 09:17 AM
Where The Hell Is Casey Dellacqua Gonna Play Then Hope She Gets A Sydney Qualies Wc