Re: Grass summer wildcard speculation
Well, 5 tournaments down, 1 to go, and you could just about say it's been a pretty abysmal grass season overall for the British players. The only ones who can say they have had a decent one so far are 3 of the more experienced players in Sam, Naomi and Tara, which doesn't really do much for British tennis long term.
A combination of factors haven't helped, but Harriet has gained 30 points, Maia 30 (and very fortunate to draw a QWC, and to get that match indoors), Heather 25, Katy 25, Naiktha 13, Katie S 13, Gabi 13, Jodie 1, Katie B 0. Obviously some have been unfortunate, particularly the latter 2 and shouldn't have really been included in this (and most others were coming into it with injuries or illnesses), but the facts remain, not one player (in this paragraph) has gained more points so far than reaching a random W25 final, like Maia did a few weeks ago. Compare that to any optimism coming into it - pretty grim really, and all of those bar Maia (again in this paragraph) have got less points than last year, including Naiktha who obviously didn't even get any grass WCs last year. All those MDWCs, QWCs etc. for that return.
If you look at our Aussie counterparts, which I often like to compare, given the countries have a bit of a friendly sporting rivalry and both host slams and have the same amount of WTA events.
Aiava came through 3 rounds of Brisbane quals and won a round (mind, exactly the same as Harriet at that event), but more than anything anyone has done here. Birrell beat Kasatkina in this event, who must have had close to a top 10 ranking at the time. Tomljanovic reached the QFs (although we don't really have a circa 50 player, now that Konta has moved up a level - ideally this would have been Watson, but that's a million miles away currently).
Hon qualified for Sydney and won a round in the main draw. Higher up, Barty (who had a similar ranking to Konta has now) reached the final here.
Largely helped by giving their players more wildcards after a generally decent showing in the warm up events (but also due to a superior pool of players), they had 10 main draw players at the Aussie Open, we'll have 4, so far less chance of picking up the odd shock win, and Birrell beat Kiki M and Vekic before going out in R3. Hives and Sharma both won a match, and Barty reached the QF.
I probably should have done that at least after Eastbourne in case fortunes change, but at this stage, unless the likes of Harriet, Katie and Heather draw each other in R1, you can't see too much joy in that field.
Last edited by Paullow; Jun 20th, 2019 at 09:07 PM.