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Robin Anderson wins Australian Open Wild Card Challenge

November 9, 2021
<h1>Robin Anderson wins Australian Open Wild Card Challenge</h1>
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Former UCLA star Robin Anderson clinched a wild card into the 2022 Australian Open over the weekend by finishing first among competing players in the women's Australian Open Wild Card Challenge. The American is set to make her Grand Slam main-draw debut in Melbourne.

 

Anderson (pictured above, left), 28, was born in Long Branch, N.J., and was a singles and doubles All-American all four years she played at UCLA, from 2011-15. She's currently ranked No. 172 and reached a career-high No. 159 in August 2019.

 

Her run to the final of the Dow Tennis Classic WTA 125 in Midland, Mich., where she fell to Madison Brengle (pictured above, right) sealed her place atop the Challenge standings. Caty McNally and Elvina Kalieva, who finished second and third, would be next in line to receive the wild card should Anderson be unable to compete in Australia. ADVERTISEMENT Ann Li and Madison Brengle finished ahead of Anderson in the Challenge but are ranked high enough to receive direct entry into Melbourne. The final Top 3 on the women's side is as follows: 

 

1. Robin Anderson — 124

2. Caty McNally — 79

3. Elvina Kalieva — 78

 

Stefan Kozlov leads the men's side of the Challenge at the halfway mark. Kozlov, 23, won his second ATP Challenger title of 2021 last week in Charlottesville, Va., and leads former Ohio State star JJ Wolf: 

 

1. Stefan Kozlov — 128

2. JJ Wolf — 109

3. Michael Mmoh — 29

4. Aleks Kovacevic — 29

5. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski — 22

 

Both the men's and women's wild cards will be awarded to the Americans with the most ranking points earned at a maximum of three indoor and outdoor hard court tournaments during a four-week window. All indoor and outdoor hard-court events at the 25 level and above, including WTA and ATP Tour events, will be included in the Challenge.

 

Americans who otherwise earn direct entry into the Australian Open are not eligible, nor are players ranked in the ATP or WTA Top 50 at the start of the Challenge. Should the player with the highest number of Challenge points earn direct entry into the Australian Open, the wild card will go to the next eligible American in the Challenge points standings. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP singles ranking on Nov. 22 for the men will earn the wild card.

 

Pictured above: Robin Anderson (left) and Madison Brengle (right) shake hands after the 2021 Dow Tennis Classic women's singles final, won by Brengle.

Photo credit: Kathryn Riley - Dow Tennis Classic

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