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Crabb and Watson secure Australian Open 2002 wildcard!<br />   <br />West Australian Jaymon Crabb and Victoria's Cindy Watson earned wildcards into Australian Open 2002 after winning Australian Unity tour titles at the weekend. Crabb took out the Barmera Australian Unity International, beating  Luke Bourgeois from NSW in the final  62 61.<br />   <br />Watson, from Somerville on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, claimed her second title at the Mt Gambier Australian Unity International. Unseeded for the event, she was too experienced for her lower-ranked opponent, Tatiana Perebiynis from the Ukraine, and won the final 63 64.<br />Watson, currently ranked 239, also reached the doubles final with Amanda Grahame but they were defeated by Evie Dominikovic and Samantha Stosur 64 64. While Dominikovic was beaten for the second consecutive week of the Australian Unity tour in singles, she and Stosur have picked up two doubles titles in a row. 

The second women's Australian Open 2002 wildcard was awarded to Victorian Christina Wheeler, who won the Queensland half of the Australian Unity Tour.

The ACT's Todd Larkham won the other men's wildcard and Adriana Szili was awarded a wildcard into the Australian Open qualifying event for winning a round robin that took place over the SA Challengers.

Watson and Wheeler are confirmed for the Aussie Assault at Melbourne Park from December 18-21. This round robin will feature 16 Australian men and 16 women, getting into gear for the Tennis Australia Summer Circuit and also playing for a wildcard into the Australian Open 2002 qualifying tournament.

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Main Draw Mens Wildcards

Jaymon Crabb<br />Todd Larkham

Main Draw Women's Wildcards

Cindy Watson<br />Christina Wheeler

Womens Qualifying

Adriana Szili

The winners of the Aussie Assault also get main draw wildcards as will the two asian players that win the event in Hong Kong in late December. There is also the French wildcards too yet to be allocated
 

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Go Christina <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

I dont know much about Cindy, but finding out she's Victorian makes me like her more <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Good luck to both!

BTW, Ausboy who do u think will get the other wildcards? Is Mary Pierce gonna get one? Or does she have a special injury rank? If so (and she deserves one of course) then will there only be 5 allocated to the Aussies? (cos of the French and Asian wildcards too...)...anyway, I think Stosur will definately get one. I have no idea who else. Maybe Ellwood but I dont think she deserves it this year.

So my 2 picks to join Chrissie and Cindy are:<br />Stosur & Pierce (this is asuming she doesnt get main draw acceptance)
 

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great news for Christina <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

i really hope Melissa Dowse is given a wildcard. She hasn't played well recently, but she did miss a lot of time, and she's definetly one of the better young players. She also gave Gagliardi a good match last season, so I hope they'll give her another shot at a maindraw opportunity. Also hope Bryanne gets a spot. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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pretty pleased Christina got one <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Bryanne should get one
 

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It was actually Ellwood that pushed Gagliardi last year, she had two match points and lost 8-6 in the third, I was there, she played extremely well! Bryanne also pushed Bedanova to 7-5 in the 3rd and really should have won that match at 5-4 Deuce on serve she had the chance only two points away!

Women's wildcards are straight forward

Wheeler<br />Watson<br />Asian Wildcard<br />French Wildcard

Leaves 4 more to work out!

The Aussie Assault winner will get another.

Bryanne Stewart and Anabel Ellwood both definitely deserve one. They have had reasonable results. Especially Ellwood who beat De Los rios Neffa and reached the last 16 in Doha.

I think one of those two should win the Aussie Assault anyway if Wheeler doesn't.

I think you have to give one to Mireille Dittmann just on determination and effort. She's been battling it out for a few years. She and Guse were the only ones to win a qualifying match at last years Open. She has also improved her ranking from 350's to 210 which is remarkable! She is also the only other Aussie in the top 250

The other one will probably go to Stosur although I don't feel she deserves it. Dowse certainly has struggled and would be better in qualies. I'd like to see Van Elden get it. She's beaten Stosur recently and has the game to upset higher ranked players when she's playing well.

So yeah Main Draw i would chose the remaining four to be Stewart, Ellwood, Dittmann and Van Elden

Qualifying wild cards - Szili,

Remaining 7 are tough!

There are 9 real possibilities - Dowse, Stosur, Grahame, Musgrave, Hewitt, Belobradjic, Sekulowski, Adamzcak, McShea. (Assuming that Nadia and Melanie aren't playing!)

I'm not sure whats happened to Melania Clayton or Nadia Johnston. I hope they play the Aussie Assault. If they are playing well they certainly would deserve wildcards. Melanie is a huge talent and a main draw wildcard wouldn't be out of the question if she's playing at level she was before her back injury. Nadia would be better suited to qualifying.

Its hard to exclude 2 from that list. If you went on form Dowse and Adamzcak should be omitted
 

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Oh yeah I forgot about Bryanne! Definately give her one...didnt she reach the 3rd round last year(2000)? I remember she gave ASV a bit of a tussle in their match. She's a pretty fiesty one with good groundies, so I am pretty sure she will get a wildcard...

BTW, where was Ellwood in the Aussie challengers this past month? Why did she miss them? Had she played Im pretty sure she couldve done very well in them as she has in the past. Her ranking is pretty low at the moment. Even tho she doesnt have any real weapons, she is a fighter and a very smart tactician. Unless she was injured, missing those events have not done her rank any favors...Id like to see her get higher cos she has a great smile and a great personality! I just feel she hasnt done as well as she couldve this year (even tho as u pointed out, she has had some good wins).

Bring on January!
 

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Ellwood took time off, she didn't really have any points to defend from those 6 challengers, her ranking is still in the top 170, up from 220 this time last year!

Her start to this year was good but she did fizzle out a bit at the end, I think she was tired cos she played a lot of events early on! Also she's probably training really hard in Canberra getting ready for the tournament there where she should get a wildcard again
 

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Oops, I was thinking 2000 when Melissa lost to Kandarr <img src="redface.gif" border="0">

Actually, Melissa reached 2nd round last year which maybe will convince them to give her another maindraw wildcard considering she did do better than most others anyway!

I'm hoping that the 4 other maindraw wildcard spots go to Bryanne, Melissa, and I think Ellwood should get a maindraw spot, along with Dittman, who as pointed out, has really worked hard to get her ranking up near that 200 mark.

In qualifying I'd go with McShea, Stosur, Grahame, Van Elden, Sekulovski, Musgrave, and probably Hewitt
 

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Bryanne should get WC in Maindraw! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Mary Pierce should get a wildcard aswell.. assuming she has entered and all indications are that she has, if entering the Hong Kong exhibition is anything to go by..<br />Well, she will obviously get the one offered to a French player

[ December 05, 2001: Message edited by: ajayares ]</p>
 

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Mary Pierce should be in field anyway as an IE player
 
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