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The USTA intends to offer Cori a WC into the main draw for this year's USO, despite the fact that she's exhausted all of her 3 WCs for this year as a 15 year old under the AER. Looks like they are attempting to exploit Cori's run and have her purse simultaneously negated by the WTA/ITF for this stunt, which could also lead to a suspension, I suspect. Ridiculous, for she already qualifies for qualies as a 141st ranked player after her Wimby run. Let her grow up gradually w/o nonsense like this....
As stated earlier in another post, her parents are going to have to monitor her growth and not have their daughter exploited for gain, for she's just a freshman in HS. The USTA's stunt will have unwarranted attention to this young girl in a negative light and she doesn't need the controversy at this point.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tenni ... -Open.html
She could decline.
Cori's next appearance is supposedly at the Citi Open on the 29th of July. Supposedly in that she doesn't qualify for qualies as the deadline for qualifying for the Citi Open was the lst day of Wimby, where she was ranked 313th on that day. "However", that old proverb comes into play here, "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", that is, do not unappreciatively question a gift or handout too closely, so that one can see that Cori is being exploited by the Tourney Director at the Citi Open.
The qualie draw for the Citi' is 16 participants with 14 direct entries. Cori is currently 19th or 20th in line, for Shelby Rogers got a main draw participation due to a protected ranking. Cori doesn't qualify unless others withdraw. However, the TD for the event has already lined up Cori for promotional appearances in this light......“Gauff is scheduled to "host" the Citi Open Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation on Sunday, July 28. If she does not earn a place in the qualifying tournament, she plans to practice on site and also participate in a fan event on Saturday, July 27, and compete in a practice match on Stadium Court on Sunday, July 28.” Give me a break......a star-struck 15 year old kid "hosting" a pre-tournament promotional event for a dual tourney involving grown men and women. Likely, there is an appearance fee involved here, parents getting paid.
Lastly, I have no doubt that the TD is working behind the scenes to get Cori a WC, just as the USTA is doing with WTA approval I might add (I'm reading (rumor) to get Cori a maindraw WC to the USO, circumventing the AER for 15 year olds. What can one say.....
https://tennis.life/2019/07/18/coco-gau ... ng-to-d-c/
Ana Konjuh: 'I have plan B if I fail to recover from elbow surgery'
APRIL 23, 2019 08:40
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 3411
Recognized as one of the most promising talents among the new generation, Ana Konjuh was ready to conquer the tennis world after a stellar junior career that saw her winning Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl at the age of 14 in 2012 and the Australian Open in January next year.
Ana hadn't stayed on the ITF junior Tour for too long, losing in the semi-final of Roland Garros and Wimbledon before finishing junior duties with the title at the US Open at the age of 15. A super talented player from Dubrovnik was the force to be reckoned with on the Pro Tour as well, reaching the first final in 2012 at the age of 14 and claiming the first title in June next year in Montpellier.
Ana was one of the youngest players in the top-300 at the end of the season and was ready for more of the same in 2014 despite missing four months of tennis (due to an elbow that would bother her many times again). She had reached the third round at Wimbledon as a qualifier and the semi-final in Istanbul still before turning 17, finishing the season with a few good results on the lower-ranked events for the place in the top-100.
The start of 2015 was not that good but it all changed in Nottingham where Konjuh won her maiden WTA title, earning enough points to wrap up the year in the top-80. Just like in the previous season, Konjuh needed some time to find the right form in 2016 and it came at the best possible moment, advancing to the quarter-final of the US Open where she lost to Karolina Pliskova, backed by the semi-final in Guangzhou and the quarter-final in Moscow.
That was enough to propel her inside the top-50 and continue her progress towards the top of the game, working on her game and improving all the elements to be competitive against the players from the very top of the rankings.
The hard-hitting Croat had opened 2017 season with the final in Auckland, followed by the quarter-final run in Dubai. Ana scored eight wins on grass but her problems started after reaching the quarters in Stanford (she cracked the top-20 at the end of July), losing in the opening round of the three most significant North American events and being forced to skip the rest of the season after the US Open with a right elbow injury.
Ana ended her cooperation with Zeljko Krajan at the beginning of September and underwent elbow surgery on September 15, targeting her return at the start of the new season. Konjuh made a comeback in Brisbane where Elina Svitolina defeated her in the second round and was forced to skip the following tournaments with more elbow troubles, this time on the left hand which led to another medical intervention in March.
Her ranking position went down rapidly and she entered the Roland Garros from outside the top-100, losing 6-0, 6-1 to Carla Suarez Navarro and failing to make an impression in Eastbourne and Wimbledon as well, barely standing in the top-400 at that moment.
The worst thing is, Ana wasn't sure what to do with her right elbow, practicing with no problems but feeling the pain in competitive matches after just a few games. Konjuh visited the specialists in Zurich, Turin and Bologna and no one could figure out what causes the constant pain.
Hoping for a fresh start in 2019, Ana lost all three matches in St. Petersburg, Trnava and Budapest, feeling a sharp pain in her elbow once again and deciding to undergo the fourth surgery, desperately trying to extend her career and compete with no pain.
"A few matches I played in 2019 were decent but the pain kept coming back. When I went to recheck my elbow, they suggested me to underwent a reconstruction and I needed like five minutes to make the decision. If I want to play tennis, I had to do that, that was the right call.
I still don't know how much the recovery would last but some experts mentioned nine to 17 months period. It is a lot of time but I have to be patient and make sure everything will be o.k once the recovery is over. I was thinking about quitting because no one can guarantee everything will be fine after the fourth surgery so I have to prepare plan B.
Still, I hope I will stay in tennis for many more years and that my elbow will be fine. The landscape in women's tennis has changed drastically. In the past, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were the dominant figures and now we have 18 winners from 18 different tournaments. It is all in the small details and many players are contenders for the titles."
Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old who made a remarkable run at Wimbledon, to play Citi Open
After a remarkable run at Wimbledon that included a first-round win over Venus Williams, 15-year-old Cori "Coco" Gauff is eligible to compete at the Citi Open in late July.
Gauff became the youngest player since 1991 to make the Round of 16 at Wimbledon — where she lost to Simona Halep, who went on to beat Serena Williams in the final. The Citi Open will be Gauff’s first tennis appearance since then. She has some hurdles before she can qualify for the main draw, however.
The Delray Beach, Florida, native must hope for a place to open in the qualifying tournament, which begins July 27 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington, D.C. As a 15-year-old, she’s eligible to compete in up to 14 WTA or ITF Pro Circuit events.
Cori "qualifies" for DC. Curious that as of today she was 5 spots from qualifying, per Spiceboy at the TF, to suddenly "qualifying", Svetlana can't get a visa to defend her title in DC and the maindraw is out for the event ere the qualifying draw.....
She plays tomorrow at 2 p.m. est....
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/20 ... citi-open/
American teenage sensation Coco Gauff continued her stunning run by easing into the Washington Open main draw with a dominant win in final qualifying.
Gauff, 15, needed only an hour and five minutes to beat Japan's Hiroko Kuwata in a 6-1 6-2 win.
It will be her third WTA main draw appearance after Miami and Wimbledon.
After her SW19 exploits, where she beat Venus Williams on her way to the last 16, Gauff's qualifier was watched by a near sell-out crowd in the US capital.
And she received a standing ovation after clinching victory with a wonderful cross-court winner against 28-year-old Kuwata.
Now ranked 143rd in the world after her success at the All England Club, Gauff was unsure whether she would even get into Washington qualifying because she had to use her pre-Wimbledon ranking of 313th to gain entry.
The Washington Open, a combined WTA and ATP event, is one of the key warm-events on the American hard-court swing which culminates in next month's US Open.
Gauff was the youngest woman to reach the second week of Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.