Grage won the final today 64 26 64. Still pretty good by Julie, probably the closest she's ever been against Mai!
I always thought Mai Grage could be a top 200 player. Her junior career was good (her junior results are by far the best of any Danish junior since Wozniacki). She also has some good Fed Cup results although she's almost been playing as a recreational player. She defeated top 300 player Stephanie Vogt, for instance! She also beat Mona Barthel once in a club match in Denmark. So she definetely has potential.
She's very talented and very solid. But just after her last junior year, in February 2011, she surprisingly announced that she wouldn't pursue a career as a pro. She didn't like the travelling and the life on tour. She also wanted to study. Too bad. She's still the best Danish player behind Caro and Barbat, and would probably be better than Barbat if she went "all in" for tennis.
The only Danish woman in MD is Barbat. 6 Swedes in MD!
There are 8 Danish women/girls in the Q-draw, and a few alternates.
I'd assume the MD wild cards goes to some of the KB players (those are Grage, Noe, Jacobsgaard, Melsted, and Ejdesgaard). But Emilie Francati surely deserves one too IMO. But they only have four, of course. And there could be some Swedes applying too. We'll see...
Leschly Cup (GP tournament, Århus, Denmark), 32 player draw
(3)Julie Noe d. (1)Mai Grage 36 63 64
(2)Maria Jespersen d. (4)Karina Jacobsgaard 63 63
(2)Maria Jespersen d. (3)Julie Noe 64 63
I'm posting these results because they were pretty interesting. This was probably Julie Noe's first win against Mai Grage, so I guess Julie is ready to move on to the pro circuit
It's also interesting that Maria won this tournament. She had a brief shot at a pro career but gave it up (like Grage)
According to KB's site, Ida Krause is also playing. She's not on the acceptance list so I suppose she got a wild card (Q or MD). I want Martine IN too! She's the only one besides Barbat who has played regularly on the pro tour the last year.