A former top 20 player has joked about being “salty” after she narrowly missed making it into the draw of next week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Daria Saville was the first alternate but opted to play an ITF tournament when she failed to get into the draw, only to find out that Bianca Andreescu had pulled out shortly after the deadline that would have allowed her to compete.
Saville took to Twitter after former world No 4 Andreescu withdrew from next week’s WTA 1000 in Cincinnati over a “change of schedule”. The current world No 73 was the tournament’s first alternate and was next in line to earn direct into the draw from a withdrawal, but lost her chance entry when qualifying began, with any free spots going to lucky losers instead of alternates.
“I am not even salty… but yea happens all the time,” the former world No 20 tweeted in response to the WTA’s announcement of Andreescu’s withdrawal. Saville then explained why she felt hard done by the Canadian’s late decision when asked if she would have gone in had the announcement come two days earlier.
“If anyone from main draw pulls out before qualifying matches start then players from the alternate list get in,” the Aussie replied, adding a smiling-crying emoji. “Matches started today at 10 so had to be just before then. And I was first alternate.”
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