Aussie women set for US Open wildcard play-off
Arina Rodionova, Olivia Rogowska, Lizette Cabrera, Priscilla Hon, Jaimee Fourlis, Astra Sharma, Ellen Perez and Abbie Myers will this weekend battle for a wildcard into the US Open main draw.
World No.153 Arina Rodionova (Vic) will lead the field at the 2018 US Open Australian women’s wildcard play-off, to take place at the Connecticut Tennis Centre in New Haven, United States from 17-19 August.
Rodionova, who won the wildcard at last year’s play-off will be joined by Olivia Rogowska, Lizette Cabrera, Priscilla Hon, Jaimee Fourlis, Astra Sharma, Ellen Perez and Abbie Myers in the eight-player knock-out draw.
Tennis Australia Head of Women’s Tennis Nicole Pratt said the play-off was a big opportunity for one deserving Aussie female to capitalise on.
“The depth in our women’s tennis group has significantly improved over the last couple of years,” Pratt said.
“Our Australian players are making their presence felt on the world stage and every player in the play-off has a tremendous opportunity to earn a spot to compete against the world’s top 100 at the US Open.
“The field is very strong, we have five players ranked inside the top 200 with many including Arina Rodionova, Olivia Rogowska, Priscilla Hon and Lizette Cabrera competing at WTA level.
“Many of the players have also won titles including Arina with two ITF doubles and a singles title, Jaimee Fourlis with two ITF singles titles and Astra Sharma has won three ITF singles and two doubles titles.
“We’ve also seen Ellen Perez win an impressive six ITF doubles titles and Abbie Myers has had some solid results on the ITF Pro Circuit.
“I’m sure it will be a tight battle between them all for that prized wildcard.”
The winner of the play-off will join a strong contingent of Australian women, including world No.16 Ashleigh Barty, 23rd-ranked Daria Gavrilova, world No.58 Ajla Tomljanovic and 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur in the main draw, which starts Monday 27 August.
Play begins at 10am local time each day, the final of the Play-off will be streamed live via Tennis Australia Facebook on Sunday 19 August. For all play-off result updates, follow Tennis Australia’s social media channels.