Indian Wells, Calif., Feb 28, 2011 Rising stars
Coco Vandeweghe, and Christina McHale, and veterans Vania King, Jill Craybas
and Sania Mirza were granted wildcards into the main draws for Indian Wells,
to be held March 7-20, 2011 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Tournament Director Steve Simon announced
a host of Americans to be granted wildcards into the main draw, including
youngsters Coco Vandeweghe, Christina McHale, Lauren Davis, and Sloane
Vandeweghe, from San Diego, was part
of the US Fed Cup team that competed in the finals against Italy last November.
A few weeks ago she reached the quarterfinals of Memphis. McHale, who reached
the semifinals at Quebec City last fall, also helped the US Fed Cup team
to the finals last year by assisting in a win over France early in 2010.
Stephens played through qualifying
at Indian Wells last year and made it to the second round of the main draw.
Davis finished 2010 as the No. 3 ranked junior in the world.
In addition, veterans Vania King,
who captured two Grand Slam doubles titles in 2010, (w/Shvedova) at Wimbledon
and the US Open, and reached the semifinals at Strasbourg in singles; Jill
Craybas, who reached the third round of Indian Wells and the quarterfinals
of multiple Tour events in 2010; and Sania Mirza, a former top-30 ranked
Indian star, also received wildcards into the main draw.
There is one remaining womens
main draw wildcard to be granted.
Former top 30 German star Sabine
Lisicki, three young Americans, Madison Keys, Madison Brengle and Maria Sanchez,
and rising Puerto Rican junior Monica Puig, were granted wildcards into the
womens qualifying draw.
Lisicki won a WTA event at Charleston
in 2009 and reached No. 22 in the world, Keys became one of the youngest
winners in WTA history two years ago when she won her first career WTA match
at Ponte Vedra when she was 14 years old, Brengle has multiple ITF circuit
titles to her name, Sanchez is currently the top ranked player in womens
college tennis and plays for USC, and Puig recently reached the finals at
the Australian Open Junior Championships.
There are two more qualifying draw
wildcards to be distributed and will be given to the mens and womens
winner of Indian Wells Pre-Qualifier, which begins tomorrow in Indian Wells
and runs through March 6. Between the men and women, the Pre-Qualifier had
a record 145 entries.
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