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Old Dec 28th, 2006, 09:58 AM   #1
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Shannon Golds gets last Maindraw Wildcard!

Reward for Golds’ effort

28 December - Gold Coast resident Shannon Golds has been awarded the last wildcard into the main draw of the Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts.

Golds, who was a runner-up in the pre-qualifying wildcard playoff today, has been given the third wildcard into the tournament’s main draw.

Tournament Director Liz Smylie said the wildcard was reward for the 20-year-old’s hard work.

“I was very impressed with her form over the past couple of days in the wildcard playoff and I think she has a lot of potential,” said Smylie. “She now has a great opportunity to face some of the best players in the world.

“One of the most important functions of tournaments in the Australian Open Series is the opportunity they provide to up-and-coming Australian players and I’m sure Shannon will make the most of this.

“In Samantha Stosur, Nicole Pratt and Shannon, the tournament now features three Queenslanders, two of whom are from the Gold Coast, which will be great for local fans.”

Golds said she was thrilled to be taking part in the main draw.

“I’m very excited,” said Golds of the wildcard. “It’s a great opportunity, which is made even better by the fact that it is in my hometown. I’ll have all my friends and family there so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’ll go out there with intentions of winning, but I know I have no pressure so I just hope to make the most of it.”

Her presence in the main draw will mark her first appearance a WTA Tour level tournament.

Currently at 599 in the world, Golds aims to be inside the world’s top 300 in the near future. The Gold Coast resident this year won the US$10,000 ITF tournament at Hope Island. It followed an impressive quarterfinal appearance at the US$25,000 ITF event in Mackay late last year.
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Old Dec 28th, 2006, 10:25 AM   #2
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Bet if Trudi had beaten her she wouldnt have gotten it!

Good luck to her!
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good choice.......good luck shannon
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Good luck to her I guess.
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Im quite happy with this really although im keen to see who did and didn't get qualies wildcards!

Good Luck Shannon, do your best and enjoy the experience!
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Re: Shannon Golds gets last Maindraw Wildcard!

[quote=AUSBOY;9685771]Bet if Trudi had beaten her she wouldnt have gotten it!
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Since Trudi didn't, it's not really an issue is it!
Don't forget she also won the $10k on the Goldie, so she was bound to at least be getting a qualies wc anyway.
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Im quite happy with this really although im keen to see who did and didn't get qualies wildcards!

Good Luck Shannon, do your best and enjoy the experience!
Same, I'm supposed to be going tomorrow & have no idea of the draw or the start time. This has to be one of the worst tournaments in the world to follow. I mean we get the bloody $10k qualie draws quicker than this! Blame it on skanky old Liz Smylie, the most fan unfriendly tournament director in history!
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well done!!
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Wow. I never thought I'd see Shannon in a main draw of a WTA event, so this is great

All the best to her, I'm sure she will give it her all.
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Interesting choice, hope she goes well but it will be very tough for her.
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BRING on Martina Hingis -- that was the message from Gold Coaster Shannon Golds after being awarded the third and final wildcard into the main draw of the Australian Women's Hardcourts yesterday.

Golds thought she would have to qualify the hard way after being beaten by Sophie Ferguson in the final of the wildcard playoff yesterday morning.

She was originally going to try to qualify through the 32-woman qualifying round, which begins at Royal Pines this morning. But the 20-year-old received a late Christmas present from tournament organisers, who awarded her the last tournament wildcard.

Her presence in the main draw will mark her first appearance at a WTA Tour level tournament.

Golds was over the moon when notified, and said she would love to face five-time grand slam champion Hingis in the first round.

"I'd love to play Hingis, for sure," she said. "There is no pressure on me and I'd have nothing to lose.

"It's not every day that you get to play someone like Hingis."

Not many rookies would be too keen to face the top seed in the first round but Golds said she believes she would learn a lot from the experience.

"It is a good chance to see where you are at," she said. "And you can see what you have to work on."

She will find out if her wish is granted when the main draw is announced this afternoon.

It is amazing to think that only 12 months ago Golds was ready to quit the sport and head to university.

"I think at the end of last year I was going to stop playing and study to become a primary school teacher," she said. "But I thought I might give tennis another go because I'm still young. Obviously it's been a good decision."

Currently ranked No.599 in the world, Golds aims to be inside the world's top 300 by the end of 2007.

This year she won the $US10,000 ITF tournament at Hope Island, which followed an impressive quarter-final appearance at the $US25,000 ITF event in Mackay late last year.

Tournament Director Liz Smylie said Golds deserved the wildcard spot in her home tournament.

"I was very impressed with her form over the past couple of days in the wildcard playoff and I think she has a lot of potential," said Smylie.

"She now has a great opportunity to face some of the best players in the world. One of the most important functions of tournaments in the Australian Open Series is the opportunity they provide to up-and-coming Australian players, and I'm sure Shannon will make the most of this."

Competition begins at Royal Pines today with the 32-woman qualifying round, which will wrap up on Sunday afternoon.

Four positions into the main draw are available.
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