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Serena Williams Fact File-Wimbledon Final; USTA Pro Circuit to Decide US Open Wildcard

July 5, 2012 04:42 PM
Numbers on the Line for Serena Williams in Wimbledon Final

Serena WilliamsFlorida's Serena Williams is into the final at Wimbledon, here are some notes and what's on the line for the Palm Beach Gardens' resident in the Saturday final against Poland's world No. 3 Aggie Radwanska:
  • Serena Williams (30) is the first 30-year-old finalist at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1999
  • The last time a 30-year old won a Slam was Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1990
  • She is 13-4 in previous Slam finals
  • This year she won her 41st career singles title at Madrid; she is equal 2nd among active players for titles won, with Kim Clijsters (41), behind sister Venus (43); overall, Williams is tied for 13th on the list for most titles in the Open Era
  • Williams is 41-22 in Grand Slams vs. Top 10 opponents, including 11-5 at Wimbledon
  • Williams has won her last nine matches (9-0) vs. Top 5 opponents; her last loss to a Top 5 opponent came at 2011 Eastbourne (l. No. 2 Vera Zvonareva)
  • Williams is 190-4 when winning the first set at a Slam
  • Williams is projected to be ranked No. 4 by the WTA, from No. 6
  • 2012 Wimbledon marks her 48th career Grand Slam appearance
  • She holds 13 Grand Slam singles titles, the most for any active player (6th all-time).
  • A Wimbledon title on Saturday would make three in the last four years

U.S. Wildcard for 2012 US Open to be Decided by USTA Pro Circuit

oudin-2009usopen2USTA Player Development announced that it will award wildcards into the 2012 US Open to the American woman and the American man who earn the most ranking points at select USTA Pro Circuit events this summer.

The USTA first used this format for its 2012 French Open wildcards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker, rather than a traditional wildcard playoff tournament. By using USTA Pro Circuit results, players competed in more matches to develop their games and were also given the opportunity to earn valuable ranking points, whereas the previous playoffs were invitational single-elimination tournaments that did not offer ranking points. This format also allowed all Americans a chance of earning the wildcard, rather than a limited field/draw.

After earning the French Open wildcards, Baker and Oudin both are on the cusp of breaking into the Top 100. Baker subsequently reached his first ATP final at the French Open tune-up event in Nice, France, as a qualifier, and advanced to the second round of the French Open and the fourth round of Wimbledon. Oudin reached the second round of the French Open and then won her first WTA title at the Wimbledon warm-up in Birmingham, England.

The USTA will award one US Open women's singles main draw wildcard to the American woman who earns the most WTA Tour ranking points at two of the following three USTA Pro Circuit events: $50,000 Yakima, Wash. (week of July 9); $50,000 Lexington, Ky. (week of July 23); and $100,000 Vancouver, BC (week of July 30).

The USTA will award one US Open men's singles main draw wildcard to the American man who earns the most ATP ranking points at two of the following four USTA Pro Circuit events: $50,000 Binghamton, N.Y. (week of July 16); $50,000 Lexington, Ky. (week of July 23); $100,000 Vancouver, BC (week of July 30); and $100,000 Aptos, Calif. (week of August 6).

The 2012 US Open main draw will be held Monday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 9. 






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