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Madrid Names Final Wild Card List

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(April 29, 2013) The Mutua Madrid Open has named the men and women who will make up the list of wild cards at this year’s edition of the Caja Mágica competition, which will take place between the 3rd and 12th of May.

Pablo Andújar, Romania’s Marius Copil, recent quarterfinalist at the Conde de Godó tournament, Tommy Robredo, and Madrid local Javier Martí have all received invites to compete in the main event. While this will be Copil’s first time to play in the Mutua Madrid Open, all the others already have experience in the competition. Pablo Andújar has taken part in the last two editions, Martí received a wild card invitation last year, where he was sent out of the first round by Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, and Robredo is a veteran of the tournament, having taken part in every edition of the competition between 2002 and 2009, reaching the quarter-finals in 2004.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Guillermo García-López and Pere Riba, as well as Ukraine’s Sergei Stakhovsky have all received wild card invites to play in the preliminary phase of the tournament. García-López, who recently reached the Bucharest final, has taken part in the last four editions of the competition, reaching the third round in 2009 and 2010. The fourth and final invitation to compete in the preliminary phase of the competition will go to the winner of the Under 18 Mutua Madrid Open, which gets underway today. In the doubles competition,

Spanish pair Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero have also received a wild card invite.

In the women’s competition Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova, Romania’s Simona Halep and Spain’s Lourdes Domínguez, Anabel Medina and Silvia Soler have all received invites to the main draw. The veteran of the bunch is Hantuchova, who will have another chance to shine on the Madrid clay, as will Halep, who at just 20 years of age has already shown her ability in last year’s first round nail-biter against Venus Williams. Meanwhile, Medina, Soler and Lourdes Domínguez, who is at the top of her game having reached the Marrakech final last week, will be looking to become the first Spanish women to ever reach the Mutua Madrid Open quarter-finals.

Three of the wild card invites for the preliminary phase have gone to Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru and France’s Aravane Rezai, who beat Venus Williams in the final of the 2010 Mutua Madrid Open to be crowned champion, while the fourth will go to the winner of the Under 18 Mutua Madrid Open competition. The three wild cards for the doubles competition have gone to Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson as well as the two Spanish pairings of Silvia Soler/Carla Suárez and Garbiñe Muguruza/Tita Torró, the latter of whom have already won the Hobart WTA title this year.

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Andújar and Robredo Among Wildcards Named to Compete in Madrid Open

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(April 18, 2013) MADRID – The wildcards for the upcoming Mutua Madrid Open were announced on Thursday for both the men’s and women’s singles competitions as well as the women’s doubles.

Pablo Andújar, Tommy Robredo and Romania’s Marius Copil will take part in the main draw of the men’s singles, while Guillermo García López and Javier Martí will fight it out in the preliminary phase.

Simona Halep, Lourdes Domínguez Lino, Anabel Medina, Daniela Hantuchova and Silvia Soler Espinosa will line up in the main draw of the women’s competition, while Alexandra Dulgheru will compete in the preliminary phase. Pairing up for the main draw of the women’s doubles competition are Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson, Silvia Soler Espinosa and Carla Suárez, as well as Garbiñe Muguruza and Tita Torró.

Robredo, who reached the final in Casablanca last week, makes his return to the Mutua Madrid Open after three years away from the tournament. In 2004 he got as far as the quarter-finals, his best ever run in the competition. Meanwhile, this will be Andújar’s third time playing in the Caja Mágica, having gone out in the first round in 2011 and 2012. Copil, on the other hand, will be looking to impress the Madrid crowds on his first run out in the competition.

Lourdes Domínguez, Medina and Soler will all take part in the women’s main draw, as well as Halep, who will be hoping to rekindle her form, and Hantuchova, who has reached three Grand Slam finals in her career. Joining them is Dulgheru, the current world No. 366, who will be looking to recapture her best form (having climbed to No. 26 just two years ago).

Garbiñe Muguruza, one of Spain’s brightest prospects, will be fighting it out in the doubles competition alongside Tita Torró (20-years-old), while Carla Suárez will partner up with Silvia Soler.

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Serena Williams Moves into Round of 16; Hopes for the Best for Capriati

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(March 23, 2013) Five-time Sony Open champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams rebounded from a 0-3 start to beat Japan’s Ayumi Morita 6-3, 6-3 in 75 minutes on Saturday night on Stadium Court. Williams has now improved her record against Morita to 2-0.

Despite the score, Williams said it was a competitive match.

“I think she’s a pretty good player,“ said Williams. “I get a good impression from her.  I played her before.  She’s tough.  She plays well.  She stays really focused and she stays really pumped up, which I think is a really good feature.”

Serena Williams spoke about her sister Venus’ withdrawal from the tournament with an ailing lower back.

“I think it was the right decision for her, “ Serena Williams said.  I haven’t seen her really on the practice court as much because she wasn’t feeling great, so I think she’s taking everything a day at a time.”

Instead of taking a Rolls Royce to the match from her hotel on Saturday, due to the heavy traffic she rode a bicycle.

“The traffic was crazy and everyone was like, I have been here for an hour and I’m staying like eight minutes away, “ Williams said.  They were in the traffic for an hour.  I’m like, Okay, I’m not going to make my match if I don’t get there.

“So I asked for a golf cart, and the hotel didn’t have a golf cart.  Then they were like, we have a motor bike.  I’m like, I don’t do motor bikes.  They said, We have a bicycle.  I said, I really don’t do bicycles, but I will today.  It was fun.”

Williams was asked about her relationship with or if she has been in contact recently with tennis Hall of Famer Jennifer Capriati, who was recently charged with stalking and battery in association with an ex-boyfriend.

“No. Last I heard she was happy I lost in Australia. ” Williams said.  “So, yeah, I don’t really know.  Shocking, but yeah.  I have always been really nice to her, though, and I see her around in Palm Beach, and her mom.

“I always tell her mom to tell her I say hi.  I honestly hope the best for her.  I hope she’s okay.  She has a good heart.”

Back in January during the Australian Open Capriati tweeted: “Maybe tennis will become interesting again. I’ve seen enough Serena to last a life time..lol”

The win puts the American into the round of 16 where she’ll face Dominika Cibulkova for a spot in the quarterfinals. Cibulkova stopped Romina Oprandi 6-3, 6-4.

Williams is looking to be the sole record holder for the most singles titles in Sony Open history. She’s currently tied with Steffi Graf with five. Williams won the tournament from 2002-2004 and 2007-2008.

 

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Serena Williams Sony Open News Conference – March 20, 2013

Day 3 Serena Williams press conference

An interview with

SERENA WILLIAMS

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

Q.  You have talked for years about how rankings don’t matter to you.  Could you just speak about like, you know, you’re No. 1 again and how does it feel?  Because it was obvious it meant a lot to you in Doha.
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yes, it feels good to be on top, especially after everything.  You know, and working so hard and just really not expecting much, and especially this far in my career, it’s exciting to be there again.

Q.  You have an opportunity to make history in Miami by winning your sixth tournament.  Who is the rival you fear most?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  For me, I just focus on every match that I play, from the first round to the last.  I don’t fear anybody, and I don’t like that word per se.  But I’m cautious of everyone I think is a better way to put it.

Q.  The conditions here are not always the easiest of the tournaments because it can get really windy.  How much do you really have to adjust your game?  Is it easy to adjust to these conditions here?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  It’s not easy to adjust.  It definitely gets really, really windy here, but fortunately enough I always have a good week to practice here.  It was so windy last week I was just really barely able to hit. I thought the whole time it’s good preparation for this tournament.

Q.  What has been your main stimulus to keep working and overcome the injuries?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  My main what?

Q.  Your main stimulus.
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Oh, I don’t know.  I love playing tennis.  I love walking out on center court, and I love holding up the trophy at the end of the week.  So that’s my goal, just whenever I get down or I’m injured I just think of that to try to get back and do better.

Q.  How does it feel to be back here in Miami?  It’s almost a home tournament for you and you have had great success in the past.
SERENA WILLIAMS:  It feels great.  For me it is a home tournament.  I live so close to here, and it always feels good to come here.  I have done pretty well here in the past, and it’s always so many great memories every time I step out on the court.

Q.  Tell us about the movie, Serena.  Are you happy with this outcome of the production?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  I don’t know.  I’m just    right now I’m just really focused on this week, and, like, I’m just little brain fried right now.
So, sorry.

Q.  We know all the things you can do really well.  What would be some things you can’t do or don’t do well that you would really like to do well?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  I would love to sing really well.  I think if I could sing, I would just be a star.
But I don’t sing great.  I don’t sing bad, but I don’t sing great.

Q.  So you’ll keep it at karaoke?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  I’m a karaoke singer. That’s as far as I go.

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Lleyton Hewitt Sony Open News Conference – March 20, 2013

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6-1, 7-6

An interview with:

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

Q.  Can you just talk a little bit about being back here and just what it means to be back at the Sony and be able to open up the way you did today?
LLEYTON HEWITT:  Yeah, well, it’s always good to be back at tournaments where you’ve played well in the past, big tournaments, as well, that I have enjoyed playing at.
Yeah, when you’re out injured and just had surgery and rehab, feels like a long way away to getting back out there and playing the big tournaments again.
Yeah, you probably enjoy it a little bit more when you’re able to come back and bounce back from, yeah, injuries, to be back competing at these tournaments.  You know, it’s nice to be back out there on center court today, too.

Q.  Can you comment on today’s match?  A couple of opportunities to close it out, and then he came up with some good stuff at those moments.
LLEYTON HEWITT:  Yeah, I never really had seen him play.  I watched a little bit of footage of him at the Australian Open this year, but apart from that I didn’t really know how he played.
He played way better every time he was behind in the match.  Whenever he’d get back on serve in the second set he actually played worse; when he was behind he sort of just went for it a lot more.  That was tough because he sort of had nothing to lose, I guess.
You know, the conditions with the wind as well playing up the end that you walk in, it was definitely, you know, into the breeze a lot more, so trying to close out that game at 6 5 wasn’t easy.
And to my credit, though, I bounced back early in the tiebreak and got the advantage.

Q.  Comment on the conditions.  The conditions at Indian Wells compared to here are just so opposite.  What do you prefer playing in?
LLEYTON HEWITT:  Me, probably Indian Wells suits my game probably a little bit better, I’d say.
These are very heavy conditions here. Balls get a lot heavier quicker. Obviously the humidity as well makes it a heavier feeling out there; whereas the ball flies a lot more in Indian Wells.

Q. You touched on the topic of the injuries and everything you have had to endure. Have you thought about calling it quits, or is this still just a passion for you here?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Obviously when you have surgeries    the last surgery I had, you know, if I didn’t have it done I would have had to retire anyway. People still thought I wouldn’t be able to come back and play tennis anyway when I had the surgery.
Yeah, definitely goes to through your mind before any operation. Nothing is 100%. You know, I just did all the rehab and everything that, you know, I possibly could. And, you know, for me, if you miss it when you are doing rehab and getting back, then you obviously know your motivation is still there.
That’s the toughest thing is coming back from the surgeries.

Q. You had a big win in Indian Wells knocking out a top 20 player in John Isner. What did it mean to get a huge win against a player on home soil and confidence coming here to Miami?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well, it gives me confidence for the rest of the year, really. Isner on those courts and Indian Wells, he’s not easy for anyone, as you saw last year him making the finals.
The way his serve bounces, you know, I felt my game matched up with him pretty well last week. I played a smart match, and then, yeah, I didn’t play terrible against with Wawrinka. He was just too good on the night.

Q. On the line of the surgery and somebody suggesting you wouldn’t be able to come back and couldn’t, how much of your return was to prove others wrong but also to prove to yourself that you still had it very much in you?
LLEYTON HEWITT: It’s not so much to prove others wrong. You know, I tried to get the best advice possible.
The thing was the surgery that I had, there is really no other athletes that have had it done and then tried to come back and play. Normally it’s someone probably 60, 70 years old that’s had it done.
That was the tough thing, trying to find    no one could give me 100% guarantee it was going to work and that I’d be able to come back playing. If you look at the dynamics of it, yeah, a lot of the surgeons are probably right. Technically I probably shouldn’t be able to keep running around the court.
Yeah, I have always been one to obviously try 100% and do things out there and do it the hard way, and, yeah, probably made me a little bit more determined.

Q. And what about Simon in the next round?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I have never beaten him. He’s a different player. He obviously plays with a bit of finesse out there; moves the ball around extremely well. Obviously his movement is a big part of his game, as well. He can pull the trigger when he wants to on his first serve, but also on the baseline.
So, yeah, I lost to him here a few years ago pretty comfortably, so I look forward to it.

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Sony Open – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

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SONY OPEN TENNIS
Miami, FL, USA
March 19-31, 2013
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Monday, 18 March, 2013

ATP Qualifying Singles – First Round
J Souza (BRA) d M Russell (USA) 63 64
D Brands (GER) d [WC] D Baughman (USA) 62 64
D Tursunov (RUS) d F Serra (FRA) 67(2) 63 62
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [WC] Y Bhambri (IND) 64 75
G Rufin (FRA) d U Ignatik (BLR) 46 63 75
P Capdeville (CHI) d M Alund (ARG) 63 36 63
J Hajek (CZE) d M Zverev (GER) 61 63
R Ram (USA) d D Schwartzman (ARG) 64 64
F Dancevic (CAN) d K De Schepper (FRA) 64 76(4)
T Smyczek (USA) d G Elias (POR) 60 64
M Copil (ROU) d S Darcis (BEL) 62 63
J Sock (USA) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 46 76(3) 62
M Bachinger (GER) d W Odesnik (USA) 76 62
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) d A Ungur (ROU) 76(2) 62
T de Bakker (NED) d [WC] Y Nishioka (JPN) 60 60
S Johnson (USA) d M Ebden (AUS) 64 76(5)
R Dutra Silva (BRA) d I Marchenko (UKR) 64 36 76(1)
A Haider-Maurer (AUT) d M Berrer (GER) 46 64 61
J Struff (GER) d I Karlovic (CRO) 63 63
O Rochus (BEL) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 64
M Gicquel (FRA) d I Sergeyev (UKR) 67(3) 61 64
B Phau (GER) d A Veic (CRO) 63 62
D Sela (ISR) d [WC] R Sweeting (USA) 64 64
M Viola (ITA) d T Alves (BRA) 63 60

WTA Qualifying Singles – First Round
S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d E Cabeza Candela (ESP) 64 76(6)
S Voegele (SUI) d A Cadantu (ROU) 63 63
L Davis (USA) d C Dellacqua (AUS) 16 64 61
S Peer (ISR) d O Puchkova (RUS) 62 36 64
[WC] B Mattek-Sands (USA) d M Doi (JPN) 64 46 76(5)
K Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] J Gajdosova (AUS) 76(3) 61
A Glatch (USA) d M Oudin (USA) 64 62
V Savinykh (RUS) d M Torro-Flor (ESP) 63 62
[WC] A Kiick (USA) d L Arruabarrena (ESP) 64 75
E Svitolina (UKR) d M Sanchez (USA) 63 63
J Cepelova (SVK) d A Sevastova (LAT) 75 61
Y Putintseva (KAZ) d [WC] I Khromacheva (RUS) 67(2) 62 ret. (cramping)
[WC] K Siniakova (CZE) d M Minella (LUX) 75 57 63
M Czink (HUN) d J Cohen (USA) 64 61
D Vekic (CRO) d M Sirotkina (RUS) 62 63
C Vandeweghe (USA) d [WC] B Bencic (SUI) 63 76(5)
M Burdette (USA) d V Dolonc (SRB) 76(4) 64
T Malek (GER) d S Foretz Gacon (FRA) 60 62
V King (USA) d M Koehler (POR) 75 63
G Voskoboeva (KAZ) d E Daniilidou (GRE) 61 62
K Pliskova (CZE) d T Pereira (BRA) 75 60
S Karatantcheva (KAZ) d A Rodionova (AUS) 61 57 76(3)
S Zhang (CHN) d M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 62 61
N Bratchikova (RUS) d [Alt] P Ormaechea (ARG) 63 76(5)

Order Of Play – Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Grandstand (from 12.00hrs)
1. Heather Watson vs. Ayumi Morita
2. Flavia Pennetta vs. Johanna Larsson
3. Kimiko Date-Krumm vs. Chanelle Scheepers
4. Bojana Jovanovski vs. Andrea Petkovic

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hajek vs. Johnson
2. Hsieh Su-Wei vs. Lesia Tsurenko (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Aleksandra Wozniak
4. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Peng Shuai

Court 2 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Brands vs. Gicquel
2. Ksenia Pervak vs. Ajla Tomljanovic (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Marina Erakovic vs. Irina-Camelia Begu
4. Anna Tatishvili vs. Kiki Bertens

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Copil vs. Struff
2. ATP: Smyczek vs. Bachinger
3. ATP: Sock vs. Ginepri
4. ATP: Tursunov vs. Phau
5. ATP: Roger-Vasselin vs. de Bakker (NB 15.00hrs)

Court 6 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Jana Cepelova vs. Kristyna Pliskova (Singles Q Final)
2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Coco Vandeweghe (Singles Q Final)
3. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa vs. Sesil Karatantcheva (Singles Q Final)
4. Valeria Savinykh vs. Donna Vekic (Singles Q Final)

Court 7 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Rufin vs. Viola
2. ATP: Dancevic vs. Dutra Silva (NB 11.00hrs)
3. ATP: Ram vs. Haider-Maurer
4. ATP: Souza vs. Sela
5. ATP: Capdeville vs. Rochus

Court 8 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Yulia Putintseva vs. Nina Bratchikova (Singles Q Final)
2. Shahar Peer vs. Tatjana Malek (Singles Q Final)
3. Allie Kiick vs. Vania King (Singles Q Final)
4. Elina Svitolina vs. Melinda Czink (Singles Q Final)

Court 9 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Stefanie Voegele vs. Galina Voskoboeva (Singles Q Final)
2. Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Zhang Shuai (Singles Q Final; NB 11.30hrs)
3. Alexa Glatch vs. Katerina Siniakova (Singles Q Final; NB 13.30hrs)
4. Lauren Davis vs. Mallory Burdette (Singles Q Final; NB 15.00hrs)

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Sony Open Names Wildcards

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(March 6, 2013) The 2013 Sony Open has announced its wildcard entries this year which include former World No. 9 Andrea Petkovic, Madison Keys and Christian Harrison. A total of four wildcard spots were given to the men’s main draw, while seven wildcards were granted to the women’s main draw, which also include Victoria Duval, Eugenie Bouchard and Garbine Muguruza.

In addition, the Sony Open previously awarded wildcards to three prominent players on the men’s side comprising of former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, former World No. 4 James Blake and former World No. 6 David Nalbandian.

The remaining wildcards for the women consist of some of the next generation of stars including teenagers Victoria Duval, Garbine Muguruza, Eugenie Bouchard, Anett Kontaveit and Ajla Tomljanovic.

The women’s main draw begins Tuesday, March 19 with the men’s draw starting the next day, Wednesday, March 20. The qualifying rounds kick-off on Monday, March 18 and ends Tuesday, March 19.

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BNP Paribas Open Names Wildcards – Includes Nalbandian, Blake and Date-Krumm

(February 27, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, Calif., – Former top-five players David Nalbandian, Tommy Robredo, James Blake and Kimiko Date-Krumm; Americans Tim Smyczek, Steve Johnson, Madison Keys, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Maria Sanchez, Melanie Oudin and Taylor Townsend; and Shahar Peer and Kristina Mladenovic were granted wildcards into the main draws of the BNP Paribas Open, to be held March 4 – 17 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, it was announced today by Steve Simon, tournament director.

David Nalbandian has won 11 ATP World Tour titles since turning professional in 2000 and reached the 2002 Wimbledon finals in his first appearance at the event. The Argentine and former World No. 3 will be making his tenth appearance at the BNP Paribas Open. Last year in Indian Wells, Nalbandian equaled his best result, reaching the quarterfinals for the second time in his career.

Former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo is continuing his comeback to the ATP World Tour after an injury derailed much of his 2012 season. The Spaniard has won 10 career titles and has reached five Grand Slam quarterfinals. American James Blake, former World No. 4, also has 10 career titles and defeated then-World No. 2 Rafael Nadal to reach the 2006 BNP Paribas Open finals. Kimiko Date-Krumm turned pro in 1989 and is currently the oldest player in the top 100 at 43 years old. The former World No. 4 has eight career singles titles and four doubles titles, including one in 2013 at Pattaya City.

In addition to Blake, seven other Americans have been granted wildcards into the main draws including two-time NCAA Champion from USC Steve Johnson, who reached the third round of the 2012 US Open; Milwaukee native Tim Smyczek, who is at a career-high ranking just outside the top 100 and pushed World No. 4 David Ferrer to four sets at the 2013 Australian Open; 19-year-old breakout star Madison Keys, who has already defeated five top-50 players in 2013 and cracked the top 80 earlier this month; WTA veteran Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who won the 2012 Australian Open Mixed Doubles title; another USC standout – Maria Sanchez, who is at a career-high ranking after jumping 560 ranking places in 2012 – more than any other player in the WTA; Georgia native Melanie Oudin captured her first WTA title last year in Birmingham (UK); and 17-year-old Taylor Townsend, who turned professional in 2012 after reaching the top of the junior rankings earlier that year.

Two other international players receiving main draw wildcards are Israeli Shahar Peer, who was a BNP Paribas Open quarterfinalist in 2007 and 2011 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 11 and French teenager Kristina Mladenovic, who is at a career-high ranking after defeating three top-25 players to reach the Paris semifinals earlier this year.

“This year’s main draw wildcards span from seasoned veterans, to rising American and international stars to those returning from injury,” said Simon. “Awarding wildcards to players like David Nalbandian, James Blake, Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend add to the allure of early-round matches for fans and provide the potential for these deserving athletes to break through and make a move up their respective Tour’s rankings.

Qualifying wildcards were given to Americans Christian Harrison, Jack Sock, Rhyne Williams, Dennis Novikov, Grace Min, Jessica Pegula and Irina Falconi, German Andrea Petkovic and Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic.

Harrison, the 18-year-old younger brother of American No. 6 Ryan Harrison, reached the quarterfinals in doubles with his brother at the 2012 US Open and is making his debut to the BNP Paribas Open. Sock is at a career-high ranking after reaching his first ATP World Tour quarterfinal in Memphis earlier this month. Williams, a former University of Tennessee standout, is also at a career-high ranking after capturing the ATP Challenger tour title in Dallas. Novikov, who won the 2012 BNP Paribas Open pre-qualifying tournament, is now a sophomore playing at UCLA and won the 2012 USTA Boys Championships in Kalamazoo. Min won the 2011 US Open Junior Championship and three ITF titles in 2012. Pegula won two matches in the qualifying tournament to reach the 2012 BNP Paribas Open main draw. Falconi cracked the WTA top 100 in 2011 and has won 4 ITF singles titles.

Petkovic is a former World No. 9 and has reached the quarterfinals in every Grand Slam. She is returning to tennis after a series of injuries kept her from competing consistently for more than a year. Tomljanovic has three ITF singles and 3 ITF doubles titles.

In addition to the aforementioned qualifying wildcards, the winners of each pre-qualifying tournament, which takes place February 25 – March 2, will also be granted a berth into the 2013 BNP Paribas Open qualifying draw. Women’s qualifying starts March 4 and men’s qualifying begins March 5 at 10:00am.

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Australian Open Announces Final Wildcards

 

(January 5, 2013) Australians James Duckworth, John-Patrick (JP) Smith, Sacha Jones and Jarmila Gajdosova have been awarded the final discretionary wildcards into Australian Open 2013.

 

The eight Australian Open wildcards for both the men’s and women’s draw are as follows:

Men Women
Wu Di (CHN) Asia Pacific Wildcard Play-off Yuxuan Zhang (CHN) Asia Pacific WildcardPlay-off
Benjamin Mitchell AO Play-off Bojana Bobusic AO Play-off
Rhyne Williams US Open Reciprocal Madison Keyes US Open Reciprocal
Josselin Ouanna French Open Reciprocal Caroline Garcia French Open Reciprocal
John Millman Discretionary Ashleigh Barty Discretionary
Luke Saville Discretionary Olivia Rogowska Discretionary
James Duckworth Discretionary Jarmila Gajdosova Discretionary
John-Patrick Smith Discretionary Sacha Jones Discretionary
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Australian Open Names Additional Wildcards Including Aussies Saville and Rogowska nd

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(January 3, 2013) Australian Open 2012 boys’ singles champion Luke Saville and rising star Olivia Rogowska have been awarded wildcards into Australian Open 2013.

Eighteen-year-old Saville, who also took the Wimbledon junior boys’ title in 2011, spent most of 2012 concentrating on transitioning to the senior circuit, winning titles in Cairns and Bangkok, reaching the final in Traralgon and contesting semifinals in Japan, Alice Springs, Happy Valley and Esperance.

In the past 12 months Saville’s ranking has climbed more than 800 places to reach a career high of 340 in November. He is currently ranked No. 349.

“It’s awesome getting a wildcard into Australian Open 2013 and my home Grand Slam,” Saville said.

“To be competing against some of the best players in the world is going to be a great experience for me. I feel as if this is a reward for the great year I have had and all the hard work I have put into my tennis.”

The Adelaide-based teenager was named Male Junior Athlete of the Year at the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards, last month.

Fellow wildcard recipient Olivia Rogowska, 21, will commence her Australian Open 2013 campaign on the back of a promising 12 months.

In 2012 the Melbourne local achieved a career-high singles ranking of 108 with title wins in Esperance, Rockhampton and Burnie, and main draw appearances at the Australian and US Opens. She is currently ranked No. 113.

“I’m really excited to receive a wildcard into Australian Open 2013 and am very thankful to [tournament director] Craig Tiley and Tennis Australia for the opportunity,” Rogowska said.

“Being from Melbourne it’s a great opportunity to play in front of my family and friends and I’m really looking forward to performing well in a few weeks’ time.

“I’ve been training really well over the last few months and have worked a lot on my fitness and strength, and I believe that I can compete with the top girls in the world. I’m looking forward to a big 2013 and there is no better way to start than at the first Grand Slam of the year.”

Australian Open discretionary wildcards are awarded on the basis of players’ attitude, youth, current form and ranking.

The reciprocal French Open wildcards will go to 19-year-old Caroline Garcia, currently ranked No.154, and Josselin Ouanna, ranked No. 120.

A promising junior, Ouanna defeated current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the boys’ singles draw at Australian Open 2004 before going down to countryman Gael Monfils in the decider.

There are eight Australian Open wildcards for both the men’s and women’s draw, with the following already announced:

 

Men Women
Wu Di (CHN) Asia Pacific Wildcard Play-off Yuxuan Zhang (CHN) Asia Pacific WildcardPlay-off
Benjamin Mitchell AO Play-off winner Bojana Bobusic AO Play-off winner
Rhyne Williams US Open Reciprocal Madison Keyes US Open Reciprocal
Josselin Ouanna French Open Reciprocal Caroline Garcia French Open Reciprocal
Luke Saville Discretionary Olivia Rogowska Discretionary
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