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US Open Wildcards Awarded to Six Southern Female Players

August 14, 2003 09:55 AM

The USTA announced US Open main draw and qualifying round wild cards yesterday and six young women from the USTA Southern Section were among those awarded entries. The US Open Tennis Championships will be played August 25 - September 7 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. The US Open Women's Singles Championship is presented by JPMorgan Chase.

Carly Gullickson, of Brentwood, TN, and seven other young American women were awarded main draw women's singles wild card entries into the 2003 US Open Tennis Championships.

Carly Gullickson
Gullickson, 16, reached the quarterfinals at Memphis during her WTA Tour debut in February and made her Grand Slam debut on Wimbledon's famed Centre Court in June. Earlier this month, she became the youngest tennis player ever to represent the U.S. in the Pan Am Games. Her bid for a medal came up one match short as she fell to eventual gold medallist Milagros Sequera of Venezuela in the quarterfinals. Gullickson is currently at No. 50 on the ITF singles rankings. She is the daughter of former New York Yankee pitcher Bill Gullickson, who played 13 years in the major leagues and led the American League in wins with a 20-9 record for the Detroit Tigers in 1991.

Also given main draw wild cards by the USTA were Bea Bielik (Valley Stream, NY), Angela Haynes (Compton, CA), Amber Liu (Le Mesa, CA), Theresa Logar (Rochester Hills, MI), Bethanie Mattek (Boca Raton, FL), Corina Morariu (Boca Raton, FL) and Shenay Perry (Coconut Creek, FL). Six of the eight recipients are under the age of 20.

  • Bielik, 22, is currently ranked a career-high No. 138 in the WTA Tour Rankings. She made her professional debut at the 2002 US Open after receiving a wild card as the reigning NCAA Champion from Wake Forest and advanced to the third round before losing to current World No. 3 Justine Henin-Hardenne.
  • Haynes, 18, has jumped more than 600 spots in the WTA Tour Rankings this year and is currently ranked a career-high No. 220. She made her WTA Tour debut at Stanford in July as a qualifier where she upset No. 58 Rita Grande in the first round. Haynes won her first professional singles title at the USTA $10,000 Championships in Houston in June during a five-week stretch where she posted a 17-3 record on the USTA Pro Circuit.
  • Liu, 19, is the reigning NCAA women's singles champion, winning the title as a freshman for Stanford. She earned 2003 National Player and National Rookie of the Year honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Liu advanced to the second round of the WTA event in Palo Alto in July, where she lost to current World No. 1 Kim Clijsters.
  • Logar, 18, earned the wild card traditionally given to the winner of the USTA Girls' 18s Super National Championship. She won the 2003 title Sunday with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over defending champion Alexandra Podkolzina in the final.
  • Mattek, 18, is currently ranked No. 131 in the world after starting the year ranked No. 270. She swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA $50,000 Challenger in Fullerton, CA, in January and was runner-up at the USTA $50,000 Challenger in Oyster Bay, NY, last month. Mattek earned a berth into the 2002 US Open as a qualifier and played the first night match of the tournament, where she faced Jennifer Capriati on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
  • Morariu, 25, is playing her first event since Wimbledon having been hampered by a recurring right knee injury. In May 2001, Morariu was diagnosed with acute promyelocitic leukemia and began extensive chemotherapy treatment. She is in remission and returned to Grand Slam competition at the 2002 US Open, where she fell to eventual champion Serena Williams. Morariu has been ranked as high as No. 29 in the world in singles and No. 1 in doubles during her pro career.
  • Perry, 19, improved her WTA Tour Ranking more than 100 spots this year and is currently No. 146. She won the USTA $50,000 Challengers at Los Gatos, CA, and St. Paul, MN, earlier this year and reached the final of the USTA $50,000 Challenger in Louisville, KY, two weeks ago. She has earned more WTA Tour Ranking points on the USTA Pro Circuit than any American since the 2002 US Open.

In addition to the eight US Open main draw women's singles wild cards, the USTA also announced the nine players who received wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 19-22 at the USTA National Tennis Center. Five of these players live in the USTA Southern Section.

Players receiving US Open women's qualifying wild cards are (Southern players are denoted in bold): Cory Ann Avants (Gastonia, NC), Ally Baker (Raleigh, NC), Tanner Cochran (Dublin, GA), Jamea Jackson (Bradenton, FL), Jessica Kirkland (Dayton, OH), Kelly McCain (Wesley Chapel, FL), Jewel Peterson (College Park, GA), Shadisha Robinson (South Ozone Park, NY) and Kristen Schlukebir (Atlanta, GA).

Related Information:
Nashville, TN's Brian Baker Given Wild Card into Men's Draw




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