I find it very hard to believe Cindy only found out 10 hours before. If this is true then it's a fault on her part.
Believe it or not, teh wild cards are actually decided weeks in advance. Although we only hear about tehm a few days before, the selectors start their shortlist around 2 months before and then cut down.
That's how players such as Mirielle Dittmann knew to enter the "pre-qualifying" she was told by TA that she would no be given a wild card of any sort.
This also goes for Van Elden and all the otehr girsl who competed in that event, even down to Baker and Ferguson. All these girls will ahve applied for a wild card, then recieved a call saying they havent got one.
I don't know Cindy that great, but from what i do know it wouldnt surprise me at all if she didnt even bother asking for a wild card, she probably just presumed she'd get one.
You'd think after so long in the pro's she's realise u have to ask.
TA will ahve decided well before qualies began she wasn't getting one. Grahaeme, Stewart and Wheeler knew, probably because they bothered to check.
They did the right thing in giving it to the juniors.
What use is a round 1 loss to girls who ahve been on tour fro a long time?
Even if Szili and Casey lost big deal. They need the experience at the top end NOW. Not in 5 years time. Because if that happens, they will get one hell of a shock when they try to crack 100.
Now they know what is gonna be required. Cindy, Amanda and Christina know what's required, but couldn't get there, it's time to let the young ones have shot.
Also nerves can go on longer than one set. Have u never heard of the Zvereva-Graf match at the FO?
She'll have been shi**ing herself out there. The fact she got to 7-5 in teh second shows that she managed to shake them and loosen up, and start to play reasonably well.