Reborn Australian tennis star Daria Saville rewarded with wildcard at Wimbledon
Daria Saville was ranked 627th in the world in February after a torrid run with injury, but her eye-catching comeback caught the attention of Wimbledon officials.
Resurgent Australian tennis star Daria Saville beat Wimbledon to the punch in her well-deserved wildcard announcement.
Saville will make a triumphant return to the top 100 of the WTA rankings next week, but was outside the main draw at the Wimbledon deadline, so she would have had to qualify without her wildcard.
The 28-year-old, who was ranked 627th in mid-February after a horror run with an achilles injury she suffered last year, last played at the All-England Championships in 2019.
Spared from Wimbledon qualifying, Saville will now look to qualify for next week’s WTA 500 event at Eastbourne.
Wimbledon have revealed six of their eight women’s singles wildcards, including US megastar Serena Williams, but former world No. 20 Saville has clearly scored one of the final two.
“So excited and grateful to have the opportunity to play another Wimbledon!” Saville posted on social media.
“Thank you so much to the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club) for the WCs! Can’t wait!!!”
Russian-born Saville’s extraordinary comeback season earned her a public shoutout this week from her tennis player husband, Luke Saville.
“My wife is so inspiring. Incredible perseverance that returns after multiple setbacks… this is just the beginning! Saville posted on Twitter.
Saville told News Corp ahead of this year’s Australian Open that his last-ditch surgery came after he suffered “10 out of 10 pains” in his second-round loss to Ash Barty in his home grand slam. in 2021.
She had already suffered from the nagging injury for five years by this point.
Scans revealed that a Haglund’s bump, which forms on the back of the heel bone, had swollen significantly and was rubbing and causing severe pain in Saville’s right Achilles tendon.
“It was basically the last option, but I was like, ‘If I want to keep playing tennis and give myself my best shot, I have to do this,'” Saville told News Corp.
“It was quite frustrating for me because from 2019 to 2021 I didn’t play much at all. I thought it wouldn’t get worse if I was conservative and rebuilt, but it happened.
Saville was the last Australian to reach the third round of this year’s French Open, but her year accelerated on the hard-court American swing.
She qualified for the quarter-finals of a WTA 250 tournament in Mexico in February before qualifying and advancing to the last 16 in Indian Wells and then the quarter-finals in Miami, both of which are events WTA1000.
The Wimbledon Championships will take place from June 27 to July 10.