Sixteen-year-old Christina McHale of New Jersey has won a wild card into the main draw of the Australian Open next month, defeating Gail Brodsky 6-1, 6-0 today in the final match of the round robin competition at the USTA High Performance Center in Boca Raton. The USTA conducts the tournament to decide who will receive the wild card exchanged by the two countries for their respective Grand Slams.
McHale won all three of her matches in the round robin this week, in straight sets over Cecil and Vandeweghe, and in three sets over King yesterday. Thanks to commenter "old pro," who was there and gave us an immediate update and a succinct description of how McHale played in a comment in the post below. McHale has had an outstanding two weeks of tennis as a finalist at the Orange Bowl and now winning the wild card tournament to reach her first Grand Slam main draw.
Thursday, December 18, 2008