I wouldn't be against this as I'm going to that match tomorrow and it would make it even bigger if that prize was on the line. But at the same time, it's not Wimbledon's prerogative to simply look after more deserving players. If that was the case they could just give the MDWCs to the first 8 on the alt list over any of those 6 British players.I hope the winner of Smitkova/Tere-Apisah gets AT LEAST the last QWC, much more deserved that someone who lost in pre-qualies, given the caliber of player that each woman has beaten this week.
Well, she broke it during her first match of the grass court season at Surbiton (and retired). But until then, it wasn't broken, so she didn't play the entire season with a broken finger:wink2:.I did read somewhere that Tara was playing with a broken finger the entire grass court season. I think it was on her twitter.
Fuck no! Why on earth would you hope for this? She lost in PRE-QUALIES and not only lost but got hammered. How does that mean she deserves a place in qualifying?Hopefully Tara will get the last QWC
Totally agree. They've both schlepped over to play the grass swing for the sake of it and thoroughly excelled. With the calibre of their wins so far, rough to send them home without even a sniff of the QD.I hope the winner of Smitkova/Tere-Apisah gets AT LEAST the last QWC, much more deserved that someone who lost in pre-qualies, given the caliber of player that each woman has beaten this week.
Much as I'd love Slams to start rewarding international promising juniors not from Slam nations, I can only see this happening in the context of the LTA trying to win Garland back from Taiwan, and I'm not aware they're trying to do that. I don't think "a British connection" means anything to them unless the player is, or might be, representing GBR.Joanna Garland would be a very interesting, if not controversial, choice for the final QWC. With their emphasis placed on youth I wonder if she has ever been in their conversations or if she was already approached and potentially knocked back?
Yeah, I don't think the runner-up would get a MDWC - I believe it'd go to Jakupovic if Alexandrova won Ilkley.I don't think they will go as far back as beaten semi-finalist in Ilkley.
I can see them going with a QWC for the runner up, but I very much doubt they'd give her a MDWC.
I think your last sentence is absolutely relevant. She's plummeted in the rankings, though still ranked higher than any of the direct QWCs, but they don't rate her professionalism, and thus put her in play-offs with the thought of "let her earn it", and she hasn't. And I had never heard of the other runner-up, Danielle Daley, so she has no results to back that up.Yeah, I don't think the runner-up would get a MDWC - I believe it'd go to Jakupovic if Alexandrova won Ilkley.
But if the Tere-Apisah/Smitkova winner went on to take the title and a MDWC, I can see the SFist getting a QWC - neither of them are totally random ITF scrubs. Smitkova has reached R4 of Wimbledon before, and Tere-Apisah's story is getting a bit of notice now - plus as a recipient of that Grand Slam development fund, maybe some politics will come into play. A PNG player succeeding because of it would be a good advertisement for them. And, I mean, the alternative is Tara Moore...