Wimbledon WCs Named
Published June 16, 2009 03:15
LONDON, UK - The All-England Club announced the wildcards for Wimbledon last week, and they included the youngest ever British women's player to be in the main draw at Wimbledon. Laura Robson, who is 15, was amongst the eight players to be given wildcards into the main draw, which also included fellow Brits Elena Baltacha, Katie O'Brien, Melanie South and Georgie Stoop.
Rounding out the list of wildcard recipients are American teenager Alexa Glatch, Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito and comeback Japanese player Kimiko Date Krumm, who has not graced the grass at Wimbledon since 1995.
Robson, the youngest player in Wimbledon's main draw since Martina Hingis in 1995, is confident she will play in her top form when she hits the grass at The Championships: "From the sounds of it, there's going to be quite a lot of pressure, so I'm just going to have to deal with that," she said. "I don't know what I'm going to do but all I can do is go on court and try my best. Then, win or lose, if I've tried my best then I cannot be unhappy."
Though her ranking is No.482, Robson has been allowed into the main draw under the Lawn Tennis Association's exceptional circumstances rule. The clause allows junior players into the main draw no matter what their ranking. Typically the cut-off for Wimbledon is 250.
Portuguese sensation Larcher de Brito, who has been firing her way up the rankings, particularly with a great showing at Roland Garros, would have been in Wimbledon's main draw without being awarded a wildcard, had the cut-off not been six weeks ago. She qualified for the Roland Garros main draw, her first Grand Slam main draw, then eventually reached the third round.
The women's doubles wildcards were also announced, with all wildcards going to British pairs. Elena Baltacha and Amanda Elliott, Jade Curtis and Anna Smith, and Laura Robson and Georgie Stoop were the recipients. There are two more doubles wildcards to be announced before The Championships begin.