Sunday, 28 December 2008

Spotlight On ... Christina McHale

Christina McHale recently won the USTA wildcard play off tournament, winning herself a main draw wildcard into the 2009 Australian Open. The American teenager has a career high ranking of # 373, which she hit in November 2008.

She has been largely confined to the ITF circuit during the 2008 season. Back in January, she reached the second round of $50K Waikoloa, losing to fellow American Julie Ditty. She went one better the following month with a quarter-final in $50K Indian Harbor Beach, beating compatriots Julia Cohen and Alexandra Stevenson, before losing out to Anna Tatishvili. Following this, she notched up a second round in $50K Lexington.

In between these results, she has attempted qualifying for $25K, $50K and $75K events with varied success. In the latter half of the 2008 season, her success rates picked up as she qualified for $50K Lexington (and reached the second round), $50K Lawrenceville (losing in round one) and $25K Augusta (reaching the semi-finals). She signed off her 2008 season with a quarter-final in $50K San Diego, as a qualifier before winning the USTA Australian Open wildcard play off tournament to clinch her place in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time.

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