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Tiffany William reached the final of the Lagos $25k doubles with Tadeja Majerič a couple of weeks ago, boosting her doubles ranking to 726. I had also missed her accumulation of points to achieve a singles ranking, but she'll continue to rise once this week's points from Sunderland $15k are added on; a wildcard into the main draw, she's beaten 3rd seed Lucreziua Stefanini followed by qualifier Tanysha Dissanayake (another Brit) to reach the quarter-finals.

There were a lot of Brits in the Sunderland main draw; both Pitak sisters (who I'm guessing are of Polish descent? I know they're from Bridgewater, according to one article), Dissanayake, Popescu, Bishop, Yardley, Ghodrati and Reuter all qualified, joining wildcards Mould, Richardson and Collins as well as the already-ranked girls. Eden Richardson (currently unranked) has made the quarters, too.
 

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Amy Sargeant has a wild card into the Norman 25K. Amy is assistant coach to the Oklahoma women's tennis team, which is where the tournament is being played. She's also playing in the doubles with the coach.

The singles wild card is a bit puzzling. Perhaps they wanted to give one to someone from the host institution, and none of the team wanted it.
 

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Ema Lazic dropped out of the singles rankings this week, but last week did see Aleksandra (Ola) Pitak's singles rankings debut, at #1208. New career highs this week for Maia Lumsden (#534), Jodie Burrage (#567), Sarah Beth Grey (#655), Francesca Jones (#682), Tiffany William (#1105) and Ella Taylor (#1144).
 

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When will wildcard info and qualies start for the Glasgow tournament starting next week appear?

ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - $25,000 Glasgow - 29 January - 04 February 2018
Lately, the wild cards haven't been made public at all until the draw is published. If they do appear in a timely manner on the ITF site, they'll be shown on the acceptance list; tomorrow evening is the earliest that could happen.

Sometimes there's a press release, in which case there might be something on the LTA website, the Scottish LTA subsection of the LTA website or in the local press. With this being the premier Scottish women's pro tennis event, it's quite possible there will be some local press interest.

It's a given that Maia will get one of the WCMs, so a Google alert for her should pick up any local news item about the wild cards;).

Qualies start on Monday; that's shown on the factsheet tab.
 

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Not so good in R1 of the main draw:

Tereza Smitkova (CZE) d. (wc)Maia Lumsden (GBR) 63 64
(wc)Freya Christie (GBR) d. (Q)Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) 63 64
(6)Chantal Skamlova (SVK) d. Tara Moore (GBR) 75 62
Cristiana Ferrando (ITA) d. (Q)Alicia Barnett (GBR) 06 61 63
Harriet Dart (GBR) d. (Q)Emilie Francati (DEN) 36 75 62
(Q)Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. (wc)Emily Appleton (GBR) 75 64
Jesika Maleckova (CZE) d. (Q)Nell Miller (GBR) 60 61

So Freya won an all-Brit battle against Jodie, and Harriet is the only Brit to beat a non-Brit. Freya plays Kathinka von Deichmann in R2, and Harriet plays Conny Perrin.

There will be a third Brit in R2 - Eden Silva and Ella Taylor are currently in a third set. The winner plays Paula Badosa Gibert.
 

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Only one made it out of the second round, and that one is Eden Silva, who beat Paula Badosa Gibert 63 46 63. She plays Tereza Smitkova next.

There will be British representation in the doubles final, though. Grey/Nicholls (GBR/GBR) play (2)Moore/Perrin (GBR/SUI) in the semis.
 

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It will be interesting to see what happens with the Wimbledon wildcards this year. Hopefully Heather can hold on to her top 100 ranking by the cut off dates, but it certainly doesn't look like Broady will re-enter the top 100, especially continuing her losing run today in first round Hungary qualifers against Garcia-Perez.

It they go with 6 like last year and 4 local players you'd assume Broady and Boulter would be nailed on (especially with Boulter sacrificing points to play Fed Cup) and then probably Robson again and maybe Taylor will justify one especially if she is close to the direct qualifying ranking places at the time.
 

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It's quite depressing that we don't have any better options.

Naomi has won one main draw match in six attempts, and one qualie match in four attempts. Laura never seems to make any significant progress since her return from injury.

Boulter seems to warrant one, having climbed into the top 200, and played Fed Cup. If Gaby continues her decent form then it's probably a good time for her to be given a chance, too.
 

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Re: Wimbledon wildcards – Heather should (here's hoping) hang on to her Top 100 ranking for a direct entry, while JoKo's obviously fine. And yes, I agree; it doesn't look like Broady will re-enter the Top 100 anytime soon.

Gaby Taylor is now the British #5, having soared into the Top 200 this week; she and Katy Dunne are on fire in Australian 25ks (both playing in Mildura atm, as 1st and 3rd seeds; it's a much weaker field than in recent ones they've thrived at). Gaby will be #4 after Indian Wells, as Boulter will drop just outside Top 200 (but hopefully she can remain within grand slam qualifying cut-offs).

Laura continues to hover outside the Top 200 too. And Harriet Dart is also on a bit of a run, having achieved her career high of #263 this week after winning Altenkirchen 25k, and she could rise further; she and Laura are currently playing Yokohama 25k. Katie Swan is also at her career high (#289).

So, I reckon that MD wildcards (assuming Watson doesn't require one) could go to Broady, Taylor, Boulter, and one of Robson/Dunne/Dart, all deservedly. Qualifying wildcards? Robson/Dunne/Dart, Swan, then we have to drop down into the 400s. Tara Moore's in awful singles form, Samantha Murray hasn't played since December, and Amanda Carreras has been inactive even longer (since October).

But Maia Lumsden has been doing well, reaching the final in 25k Glasgow, and Eden Silva hit a career high of #464 a couple of weeks ago after finally cracking the Top 500. Beyond the 500s, it's Freya Christie, Jodie Burrage & Sarah Beth Grey who are within the Top 600 (I can't see QWCs going beyond that point; sorry, Webley-Smith. Maybe a late push from Appleton?)
 

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In my febrile imagination, all the mid-rankers (The three Katies, Harriet, Gabi and Laura) go on a winning spree in Challengers over the next few months, and are all ranked inside the top 200 at Wimbledon, giving the selectors an unusual dilemma.

In recent years, they have struggled to find enough women whose results really warrant a WC. It'd be interesting if they had so many that they had more candidates than MD wildcards to give, and had to weigh up relative merits.

It may be controversial, but in that case, unless she has notable grass results this year, I'd drop Broady, who is 28, won't play Fed Cup, has had multiple MD wildcards and hasn't done much with them (one R1 win).

Also, if the others were ranked in the same ballpark, I'd drop Laura, who has had so many already, in favour of the younger girls who have not had many.

Of course, it is a flight of fancy to imagine that we will be so spoiled for choice. In reality, their recent success will probably fizzle out, and we'll have a bunch of girls hovering around the 250 mark, desperately trying to make a case for some of them to get WCs...
 

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It really has been an astonishing month or so for Brits in ITFs...

Burnie 60k (WB 29th Jan)
Laura Robson took the doubles title with Vania King, 7–6(3) 6–1.

Glasgow 25k (WB 5th Feb)
Maia Lumsden made the final, losing in 6–2 1–6 3–6 to Paula Badosa Gibert.

Launceston 25k
Gabriella Taylor won the title, defeating Asia Muhammad 6–3 6–4. Robson was runner-up in the doubles competition, this time partnering Valeria Savinykh, while she made the quarter-finals in singles.

Loughborough 25k
Tara Moore and her finacé Conny Perrin reached the doubles final, losing to Krajicek/Schoofs (the former just back from injury). Eden Silva reached the quarter-finals in singles.

Perth 25k (WB 12th Feb)
Katy Dunne made the final, losing 2–6 3–6 to Irina Khromacheva, while Robson made semis and Taylor made quarter-finals.

Perth 25k 2 (WB 19th Feb)
Taylor won her second title of the month, defeating Myrtille Georges 6–2 7–5 in the final, while Dunne got as far as the quarter-finals.

Altenkirchen 25k
Harriet Dart won the title as a qualifier, defeating Karolína Muchová 7–6(5) 6–2 in the final.

São Paolo 25k (WB 26th Feb)
Moore and Perrin this time captured the doubles title, 6–4 3–6 [13–11] over Hsu/Zacarías.

Mildura 25k (WB 5th March)
Taylor captures her third title of this astonishing spell in singles, 6–0 6–3 over Shérazad Reix (she loves beating random French players in these finals, apparently), beating Dunne in the semis. Dunne and Taylor also won the doubles title together, 5–7 7–6(4) [10–5] over Tjandramulia/Bozovic.

Yokohama 25k
Dart was not far off a second title for her too, as she reached the final as a qualifier once again, going down this time 2–6 4–6 to Veronika Kudermetova (Russians with surnames beginning with 'K' have thwarted Dart & Dunne this month). Robson went out in the quarters in singles, but had better luck in doubles, taking another title – this time with Fanny Stollar, 5–7 6–2 [10–4] over Kobori/Muramatsu.

In this timespan, Emily Webley-Smith also won two 15k doubles titles (Sharm El Sheikh x2, WB Jan 29th & WB Feb 5th) with Katarzyna Kawa and Anastasia Pribylova respectively, and reached one singles final (Bhopal, WB 5th March), where she lost 1–6 7–5 0–6 to Tereza Mihalíková. Emily Appleton won one 15k doubles title (Solarino, WB Feb 19th) with Quinn Gleason. Finally, there were 25k quarter-final appearances for Katie Boutler (Surprise, WB 12th Feb) and Katie Swan (Curitiba, WB 19th Feb) and a 15k semi for Appleton (Heraklion, WB 26th Feb).
 

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New career highs achieved over the last month or so, following the above post (several are sure to rise next week – and quite significantly, too)... it also wouldn't surprise me if Anna Popescu held a singles ranking before long.

– Katie Boulter (#189)
– Gabriella Taylor (#192)
– Katy Dunne (#256)
– Harriet Dart (#263)
– Katie Swan (#289)
– Maia Lumsden (#420)
– Eden Silva (#464)
– Emily Appleton (#629)
– Alicia Barrett (#671)
– Francesca Jones (#674)
– Tiffany William (#1035)
– Ella Taylor (#1135)
 

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The ITF success bubble has well and truly burst this week, though.
There's not much to celebrate this week, but the three most successful this year have been Taylor, Dunne and Dart. Taylor and Dunne are taking a week off before the $60K in Canberra. Dart is still going in Toyota $25K.

Harriet Dart, no longer requiring a qualifying run to play 25ks (in most circumstances), won her 1R match in Toyota and is currently still going in her R16... in fact, she's just bageled Giulia Gatto-Monticone to take the first set. Well, that's something!
She also won the second set, 6-4.

She was here as a special exempt - would have been in qualies but was still playing in the finals last week.

But once those points are added, yeah, no more qualies, unless she wants to go up a level. I'd have thought she'd be glad to have a few week without qualies before she contemplates that.
 
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