Australian Open Wild Card playoffs, Dec. 14-16 in Norcross, Ga.
This year's list from USA Today
Falconi (22, Jupiter, Fla.), the one-time world No. 73 and Pan American Games gold medalist who reached the third round of the 2011 U.S. Open.
Burdette (21, Jackson, Ga.), the former Stanford standout who reached the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open after winning a USTA Wild Card
Keys (17, Rock Island, Ill.), last year's Australian Open Wild Card Playoff winner who is the second-youngest player ranked in the WTA Top 140 after winning a $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Phoenix this November.
Sanchez (23, Modesto, Calif.), once the top-ranked college singles player at Southern California who won a $50,000 and a $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in 2012 to boost her ranking more than 560 places since 2011.
Glatch (21, Newport Beach, Calif.), who was the runner-up to current World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the 2005 US Open junior championship.
Cohen (23, Philadelphia), who broke through to the WTA Top 100 in (No. 97) in July.
Riske (22, Pittsburgh), who has played in the main draw of the Australian Open (2011-12) and Wimbledon (2010-11) twice.
Mattek-Sands, who was ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world in July 2011 before being sidelined with a shoulder injury. The 27-year old Fed Cup veteran has played in 12 consecutive U.S. Opens and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon (2008) and the third round of the French Open (2011).
Keys, Sanchez, Mattek-Sands, Thoughts?
Last edited by tenisamulo; Nov 28th, 2012 at 04:14 AM.
Yeah, if Madison maintains the form that won her two end of season ITFs, she should win this pretty easily. It will be interesting to see if Maria learned anything in the Phoenix final, or if Beth's experience can show through. Should be some interesting matches.
Yeah, but it's not that surprising that a lot of the contestants are older-ish. Hopefully the youngsters are aiming for the qualies, which would be a better route for them to take, more points and experience.
So over Cohen getting a chance to play this....her game is just awful....would have much rather seen Pegula or Min get the opportunity to try for the WC. Kind of surprised Riske is in too...she's been falling off lately.
Former USC standout Maria Sanchez has been forced to withdraw from this week’s USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff, citing precautionary reasons related to knee tendinitis, Tennis Grandstand reports.