Bethanie Mattek-Sands has already made a mark on the 2015 Grand Slam season, with women’s doubles titles at the Australian Open and French Open and a mixed doubles crown at Roland Garros. Now she’ll have a chance to make her mark in singles as well.
The 30-year-old American was one of eight players to receive wild cards into the women’s singles main draw of the 2015 US Open, joined by seven of the most promising young players in the game. In addition to Mattek-Sands, the other wild cards are Americans Louisa Chirico, Samantha Crawford, Nicole Gibbs, Sofia Kenin, Jamie Loeb and Sachia Vickery and Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin.
Crawford, 20, earned her wild card by winning the 2015 US Open Wild Card Challenge, contested on the USTA Pro Circuit, while Kenin, 16, secured hers by winning the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships. Dodin, 18, received her wild card through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation that allows for an American woman to receive a wild card into the main draw at the French Open.
Mattek-Sands will be making her 14th appearance in the US Open women’s singles main draw, having previously reached the second round each year from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013. Her career-best Slam showing in singles came at Wimbledon in 2008, when she advanced to the round of 16. She is currently ranked No. 99 after achieving a career-best ranking of No. 30 in 2011.
Other wild cards with prior US Open success are Gibbs, 22, the former two-time NCAA champion and current world No. 117 who reached the third round a year ago, and 20-year-old Sachia Vickery, currently No. 137, who advanced to the second round as the USTA Girls’ 18s champion in 2013.
Crawford, meantime, won the US Open girls’ singles title in 2012, the same year she qualified for the US Open main draw, and Chirico, 19, reached the quarterfinals of the girls’ event in Flushing Meadows in 2014. Chirico is currently ranked No. 119 in the world.
In addition to the main-draw wild cards, eight Americans received wild cards into the women's singles qualifying draw: 2015 collegiate Player of the Year Robin Anderson, 22; current world No. 7 junior Usue Arconada, 16; 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s runner-up and 2013 US Open junior finalist Tornado Alicia Black, 17; Victoria Duval, 19, the breakout star of the 2013 US Open who recently returned to competition following a year-long recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s semifinalist Raveena Kingsley, 17; top 15-year-old Claire Liu; Jessica Pegula, 21; and Bernarda Pera, 20. A ninth qualifying wild card is reserved for the winner of the 2015 US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Championship, to be held later this month in New Haven, Conn.
The 2015 US Open runs from Monday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 13. The US Open Qualifying Tournament is Tuesday, Aug. 25, to Friday, Aug. 28.