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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 2003, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question for Aussie Fans

Now that the first round has been played how does everyone feel about the wildcard allocations? I know that some felt it was unfair that Szilli and Dellaqua were given MD cards and perhaps Watson and others were more deserving.

However I think the results have proven TA to be right. Don't think the two juniors did too badly, and Watson and Co. have been given numerous chances to prove themselves. The fact that none of them made it past the 2nd round of qualifying shows they didn't deserve MD cards. Someone did post that Watson was visibly upset, however she should have used qualifying as an opportunity to prove to TA how wrong their decision was.

Will be interesting to see if we see some retirements among the Aussie girls in the near future.
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I think they do their best, but someone will always be disappointed since there are not enough wcs to go round. Quite a lot in these early stages depends on the draw and of course no-one can predict that so I'm not sure what else they can do!
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i think TA made the right choices. Watson has been playing terribly for a long time and players like grahamme and stewart have had plenty of opportunities.

casey and szilli didnt disgrace themselves and sam stosur was great.
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Casey certainly deserved her wildcard!!!!!

Szili on the other hand had done nothing to deserve it! You call Watson's results bad, well what about Szili's?????? She didnt win a match about a $10K satellite all year!!

Her game is very average, she doesnt even have top 250 potential at this stage. Her serve is hopeless as is her backhand, and she cant volley to save herself. I will be posting my reports for day 2 and 3 soon.

You cant judge Watson's qualifying match, she found out like 10 hours before that she wasnt in the main draw. Her previous match to that she played well pushing Cara Black to 6-3 7-6.

There are more talented juniors/up and comers than Szili. Her main draw wildcard would have been better given to Lauren Breadmore or Deanna Roberts.
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I think they both can hold their heads up high, considering their low rankings, good efforts.

Simon, I think you're being a bit too harsh on Adriana. I think her game is pretty good (and I saw only the first set when she was getting thrashed), and the stupid mistakes I saw were just nerves. Adriana beat Casey pretty easily 2 months ago, and whilst Casey is posting better results, I think Adriana will catch up soon. She definately didnt deserve this WC based on results, but now that she has played her match I can safely say she did OK.

I see top 250 potential, but certainly nothing more at this stage (there is a LOT of improvement needed I agree with that). Give her a few years yet, even though she is 18 she still looks as though she is just a kid and is still learning. Also, I know she didnt win a match above $10K all year but she only played 13 tournaments ( from memory 7 were $25K, one was Aus Open qualies, one a Tier V qualies, and the other 4 were $10K's).

Anyway, it wouldve been good to see Cindy get a WC, mainly for financial reasons, but obviously TA have decided to blood in the kids and let them taste the big time earlier than usual.
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Casey is ten times better than Szili! I'm not being harsh at all I saw both matches from start to finish, unlike you who only saw 5 games of the Szili match and zilch of Dellacqua. U cant just say Szili was nervous, thats bullshit, nerves dont last an entire set!! Its not like she's hasnt played in the Australian Open before, she was in qualies and doubles the year before, she is mentally pathetic.

Casey kicks arse over her and is improving so quickly, she will be top 300 after the $10K masters, Szili on the other hand still wont have cracked the top 400! I also saw Szili play doubles today and she was pathetic, she got about 4 volleys in and about 4 first serves in. Poor Jaslyn was left to salvage some pride.

Dellacqua on the other hand won her doubles match with an injured Sewell, she has the complete game, and is far more consistent.

I think your just being kind to Szili as u think she's hot LOL
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I haven't seen Adriana play, but I don't see the point in putting her down like that. She deserves some encouragement. She was obviously given a Wildcard because someone saw something in her game that afforded her one. She might have been having an "off" week, for all we know. If it can happen to the top players, it can happen to anyone.


And if she gave head to Paul McNamee to get herself a Wildcard, then more power to her. Paul Mac is a scary man. Anyone who would give him head definitely deserves a Wildcard!
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Watson made good use of her WC last year. I dont think anyone expected her to beat Gagliardi and she did, and i think she deserved another shot this year based on how well she played here last year. I havent seen Szili but I think Cindy had a better chance to win against Fernandez and she also had better results than Szili. I think it was too early to give someone so young a wildcard when her game hasnt developed yet and she still has a lot to learn.
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Before the WC's were announced, I felt that Casey Dellacqua deserved a Main Draw WC, but thought there'd be too many other girls far ahead in line to get them over her. I was delighted when she got one. She really took it to Maja Matevzic and just last week beat a couple of girls in the Top 150. Given Casey's relative inexperience playing against the really good players, and playing the big tournaments, that's a pretty darn good showing from her.

Australia is shaping up to having a stronger Fed Cup team over the next few years. What with Sam Stosur taking a big step into seniors, Alicia Molik finally taking a big leap forward, Nicole Pratt strong as ever, Evie Dominikovic showing some fight, and then Casey Dellacqua showing plenty of promise. It's finally looking decent for the Aussie women. The men have done all right over the last few years, now the women are catching up.
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Re: Question for Aussie Fans

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Will be interesting to see if we see some retirements among the Aussie girls in the near future.
Who are you thinking might retire?
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I just think its TA's strategy to focus on the up n' commers, give them the big match experience they need and prepare them for the future. Even if Szili didn't put in a performance which warranted giving her a WC TA might have thought it an invaluable experience in her development, which is obviously still at an early stage!! With a few years solid work theres no reason she cant improve her serve and volleys

Good luck to the Aussie and Balkan girls!
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Of those who missed out I think only Watson has any reason to be disappointed mainly because in the past TA has always given WCs to those who did ok in the previous AO. Re the comment that she only found out that she was not in the MD 10hours before, was she led to believe she had a MD WC or was it an assumption on her part? I was disappointed that Cindy never went on and had any decent results after her good performance at the AO last year.

I am assuming TA was probably just p/o with the poor performance by most of the Aussie girls last season and I incude Dominikovic in that group. Their results in the Qld/SA circuit were nothing impressive.

I am just hoping that Evie and Sam both go on to gain enough points that they manage to gain direct entrance to next year's AO and open up opportunities for others. Evie should not even need to be playing the Qld/SA circuit, as she has had better results than that.

When I mention retirements I wonder if the thought is running thru the head of those who can never crack the top 100, but remain within the top 250 i.e. Grahame, Stewart, Watson. It must be a struggle for these girls to make any real money. I did read that McQuillan has no intention of retiring so I guess she will be back for the QLD/SA circuit and take one of the MD WC's next year.
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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.

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