Phenom on fire Maria Sanchez has withdrawn from this weekend’s USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs in Norcross, Georgia. Though no reason was given for the withdrawal by the USTA, Atlanta media maven Rick Limpert, the “Tech of Sports”, indicated that she suffered from a knee tendonitis flare up. Limpert interviewed her last week in anticipation of Sanchez playing the event.
In comes Georgia native Grace Min, who claims the 8 seed for a second straight year. Last year, she was double-bageled by Alison Riske in the opening round. A year wiser, we’re certain to find improvements in her result. She opens against top seed Julia Cohen on Friday at 10:00 a.m. on Court 2.
Jessica Pegula, Grace Min, Shelby Rogers and Maria Sanchez granted Qualifying Wild Cards in Charleston
Jessica Pegula (#283), Grace Min (#292), Maria Sanchez (#383) and Charleston native Shelby Rogers (#446) have been granted Qualifying Wild Cards to the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina next Saturday, according to the tournament’s website. They join 16 year old join Hayley Carter (#941) and a further wild card yet to be awarded. Details to follow as they become available.