Grace Min, the 2011 U.S. Open junior girls' champion, was close to making it straight into the U.S. Open on the strength of her own ranking. But not quite. And so the USTA has granted her a pass into the main draw, one of eight women's wild cards announced Monday.
Currently ranked No. 106, Min would have made it straight in if this week's rankings were the criteria. But the cut-off date is six weeks before the tournament, when Min was ranked No. 114. (Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, No. 106 at the time of the deadline, was promoted into the main draw when Li Na of China announced her withdrawal).
Another young American, 18-year-old Taylor Townsend (the 2012 U.S. Open junior doubles champion), also received a wild card along with 21-year-old Nicole Gibbs, who earned it by posting the best record of any American on the USTA's Pro Circuit of smaller events this summer. It will be the third main-draw wild card for Gibbs, who earned the first two by winning the NCAA singles title while going to Stanford University. This year's NCAA champion, Danielle Collins of Virginia, earned her wild card that way.
The other American is Madison Brengle, currently ranked No. 115. Two more wild cards went to an Aussie (Jarmila Gajdosova) and a Frenchwoman (Amandine Hesse), through reciprocal agreements with the Australian and French Tennis Federations, which offer the same to an American at their own Grand Slams.
The wild cards into the qualifying, which begins next week, are as follows: 16-year-old Alicia Black, 19-year-old Jennifer Brady (UCLA), Samantha Crawford (the 2012 U.S. Open junior champ), 23-year-old Asia Muhammad, 19-year-old Bernarda Pera, 24-year-old Maria Sanchez, 17-year-old Katerina Stewart and Fiona Ferro of France (reciprocal agreement). All but Ferro are Americans.
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