Baltacha aiming for Olympic wildcard

ESPN staff
May 28, 2012
Elena Baltacha is currently ranked world No. 68 - outside of the automatic qualification spots © Getty Images

British No. 1 Elena Baltacha admits she will need luck on her side if she is to earn a spot in the women's singles competition at London 2012.

The top 56 players in the world rankings on June 11 will qualify for the Olympics, provided they have put themselves forward for Fed Cup duty in recent years - although as there are only four spots available for each country, those below 56th could still be in with a shout.

Baltacha, who lost in the first round of the French Open to Sam Stosur on Sunday, is currently the world No. 68 and so is likely to need a favour from the International Tennis Federation to book her place at the Games.

"I've been trying not to think about the Olympics qualification too much because it can just get you tied up in knots worrying about things like that, but defeat obviously hasn't helped my chances of getting a place in the singles," Baltacha told BBC Sport.

"Realistically, it's probably out of my hands now and I will almost certainly need a wildcard. Those will be decided by the International Tennis Federation, based on which players the Lawn Tennis Association nominates, so we'll just have to wait and see."

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