21/02/2024

Daria Saville in action. (Photo: Flickr- @Peter Menzel)

2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki headlines the wildcards for next week’s tournament as a star women’s Australian tennis player has been snubbed from selection.

A former world No.1, Wozniacki returns to Melbourne Park for the first time in four years and as a mother of two children. Now 33, her entry into the tournament came after she returned to the sport in August last year, playing in Montreal, Cincinnati, and the US Open.

While Wozniacki will make an exciting comeback to the Australian Open, Australia’s No.1 ranked women’s tennis player, Arina Rodionva, has failed to earn qualification in what would have been her home grand slam.

“If it was up to me, I would give it to myself but there’s other people involved,” Rodionova said previously via The Guardian, but her plea was unsuccessful.

“Hopefully they like the way I’m playing this week.

“I’ve done all the hard work, I put myself in the best position and there’s nothing else I could have done to get myself closer.”

Instead, former top-20 player Daria Saville has taken her position as she makes her way back from a major knee injury that has seen her ruled out for some time. Many fans may remember Saville as she reached the fourth round in 2016 and 2017.

However, the injury has caused her to sit at No.209 in the World Rankings. Australians Kimberly Birrell, Olivia Gadecki and Taylah Preston will join her as wildcard recipients in the tournament, whilst Alize Cornet (France), Mai Hontamam (Japan), and McCartney Kessler (USA) have also received qualification.

In the Men’s singles, five Aussies have earned wildcards for the grand slam tournament: Jason Kubler, James Duckworth, Marc Polmans, Adam Walton, and James McCabe. Arthur Cazaux (France), Juncheng Shang (China) and Patrick Kypson (USA) will round out the wildcard selections.

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