Latest 1 Jan 2016

Additional kiwi qualifying wildcard announced at ASB Classic Draw

Additional kiwi qualifying wildcard announced at ASB Classic Draw

ASB Classic organisers announced the Qualifying draw for the ASB Classic this afternoon (4pm), which now sees three kiwi women hoping to give it their best shot to progress into the main draw. 

Auckland based 27-year old Joanna Carswell has been thrown a qualifying wildcard for the ASB Classic tournament which begins tomorrow. 

Carswell was delighted to get the chance to compete “It’s the best situation to be in, playing at home at the place where you train regularly.

“I can’t wait to get out on the court tomorrow. For me it’s about going out there and enjoying the moment and playing well.”

Carswell was grateful “I was very surprised to get shoulder tapped for a wildcard. It’s amazing that ASB Classic organisers have created the opportunity for three New Zealanders to compete in the qualifying draw and we will be competing against players of such a high level.” 

Carswell is joined by the already announced New Zealanders Jade Lewis and Rosie Cheng in the qualifying draw. Cheng gained her place in the qualifying tournament after winning the women’s singles at the New Zealand Tennis Championships.

In the opening round Carswell will face Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic, while Rosie Cheng is up against Richel Hogenkamp of The Netherlands and Jade Lewis will face Lauren Davis who is the fourth seed and was a 2015 semi-finalist where she lost to the eventual champion Venus Williams. 

Karl Budge, ASB Classic Tournament Director said “We’re proud to have our kiwi girls participating in our event. It will be tough for everyone as there’s not a weak draw for any player in this tournament and we’re excited for the challenge this qualifying tournament provides.”

Only four players from the qualifying tournament will advance to the ASB Classic main draw. The ASB Classic Qualifying will be played over two days (2 and 3 January) at the ASB Tennis Arena in Auckland.