10 Responses

  1. KatjaS
    KatjaS October 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm |

    – Kerber was most likely on a plane from Beijing to Europe when Kvitova withdrew 2 hours before the draw.

    – The draw was redone according to the usual rules for replacing seeds. The ATP and the ITF use the same procedure.

    – Moser (then ranked #725) got a WC into Bad Gastein by the same tournament organizers earlier this year. More than half of her total ranking points are from Bad Gastein, so Sandra Reichel (The Linz and Bad Gastein Tournament Director) had already done her a big favor this year.

    – They then did her another big favor by handing her another WC (into a tournament where, even with the Bad Gastein points, she wouldn’t even have been eligible to play Qualifying), but when the tournament found themselves in a terrible situation (their Top 10 player withdrawing 2 hours before the draw), they asked her to withdraw.

    – They are 100% transparent about it, they didn’t invent an injury, they are openly saying on the homepage that they have asked her to withdraw so that they could give the WC to Kerber).

    I really don’t see what the uproar is all about.

  2. Maja J
    Maja J October 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm |

    It was too late for another one WC (the draw was made) – it is funny to state as a reason for withdrawal in singles “personal reasons” and give the same player WC for doubles competition. Bojana Jovanovski has to play qualifications in Tashkent because she entered the tournament after the draw was made and she was the best ranked player. Kerber got the draw of the the second seed although she is the top seed. This is a great shame for the tournament in Linz. Players are punished for match-fixing. Perhaps there should be some punishment for tournament organizers.

  3. Fog Mountain
    Fog Mountain October 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm |

    I printed a copy of the original draw, and I can confirm your rendition of it is correct. (I’d send a picture of it, but I’ve already scrawled “FUBAR” across it.)

    I’m a Kerber fan and would like to see her qualify for Istanbul, but not this way. Even if the tournament can find a way to paint the process as complying with the rules, it’s sordid and wrong. It’s unfair to all the players whose draws were altered, and their fans. It’s not like this happened due to an unavoidable injury—it happened because after all the deadlines had passed, the tournament organizers saw an opportunity to add another big name and sell more tickets.

  4. MC
    MC October 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm |

    Yes, Angelique did play two international tourney’s already but as the WTA has explained, Carlsbad was full so her DC tourney did not count as an international entry. I don’t think its an issue. Wildcards are issued at the tournament’s discretion. Osaka’s tournament was revised after Jankovic withdrew at the 11th hour. A player ranked #700 + like Lisa is most likely going to get double bagelled – and a top 10 player is a huge attraction for many fans. I know I would go to this tournament now to see Kerber play. You have to do what is best for the tournament. If this was Serena, no one would be saying anything. Give Kerber a break – Ivanovic should not be posting either as it was done within the rules. Good luck to all in Linz!

  5. James
    James October 6, 2013 at 10:54 pm |

    Yeah, it’s a mess, but considering the tourney’s options, Kerber was their savior. I wouldn’t be surprised if she got a huge appearance fee (or as huge as Linz can get) for taking the last minute wildcard. Sucks for Moser, but at that very low level, what can you expect? If she wanted to get in, she should’ve played qualies like everyone else. The tournament probably gave her some “lonely” money. (Love Ben’s tweet!)

    After going to the Thailand Open and talking to some of the qualifiers and wild card entrants, and seeing them all get blown out in early rounds, it’s just not fun for spectators to watch. And her fans? Stack them up against the number of people who will now buy tickets to see Kerber and it’s pretty clear.

    Want to play? Earn your spot.

    And don’t even get me started on Sloane or Ana! When Sloane makes ONE WTA final (much less win a tournament), I’ll talk about her. As of now, severely over-hyped. And Ana? If she truly feels she’s back on track to make Top 10 and deserves to be there, she really shouldn’t complain. But if she continues the way she does, hot for one tournament, cold for three, then there you have it. Again. Earn it.

    /rant over/

  6. TennisFan1000
    TennisFan1000 October 7, 2013 at 9:15 am |

    If Serena Williams had done this they would have thrashed her in the media as being an evil diva queen picking on Moser. Kerber on the other hand (we just love her) knows this is wrong to take a wild card when the draw is complete. Kerber should have played better in the earlier part of the year then she wouldn’t be going thru this fiasco at the last minute. Ivanovic is correct to post she got pushed in Sloane’s (haven’t won anything this year) section for no good reason. This is not about legal right according to the WTA this is plain and simply not ethical of Kerber to accept that wildcard and push another player out for the sake of her last minute scramble. Also note Ana hold the head to head over Kerber 3-1 so I don’t think that will go over well with her that maybe a higher rank player got her space but not necessarily a better player! The tournament directors should be ashamed of themselves for this stupidity.

  7. Master Ace
    Master Ace October 7, 2013 at 11:16 am |

    I just wished that Kerber and Stephens changed spots in the draw like it supposed to be. Also, just read that Wozniacki is less than 280 pts behind Kerber with Stephens and Vinci still in striking distance. Stephens is scheduled to play Luxembourg next week with Vinci going to Moscow.

  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous October 7, 2013 at 11:55 am |

    It stinks for Moser and am hoping she got compensated well for basically getting the wildcard taken back.

    On Ivanovic’s tweet, I find it hilarious that she’s complaining about another player getting a wildcard seeing as how she’s gotten 2 wildcards to the Tournament of Champions even though she hasn’t won a single regular tournament since Linz 2010. Double standards much?

  9. Mats
    Mats October 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm |

    This is completely unfair; no matter what is Moser ranking, she was in the draw, she had the right to play: it happens all over the world that the local player has a chance to compete in a main draw. Not only for Moser but also for the players in the draw, the players competing for Instambul, the audience, the fans, this is utterly unfair! The worst way to celebrate the end of the 40-LOVE WTA anniversary.

  10. Andrew
    Andrew October 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm |

    Devil’s advocate and, maybe, big picture.
    The argument above is clearly principal vs commerce, and no one should be surprised that commerce has won.
    But what if this wasn’t “naked commerce” – trying to make a fat profit by bringing in Kerber – but “survival commerce” – having your star attraction withdraw thus having to bring in another big star to avoid falling ticket sales and threatening the existence of the tournament. It isn’t easy in Europe these days: Austrian GDP is set to grow by 0.4 per cent this year (that’s not much) and there are probably a host of potential tournaments waiting to take the place of a small town (population: 190,000) – Sao Paulo, Moscow, Delhi, Shanghai.
    Now that’s naked commerce.

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