Photo: Paul ZimmerTimea Babos (HUN)
Hungary’s Timea Babos has been handed a spot in the women’s singles at London 2012 after the unfortunate Monica Niculescu of Romania was forced to withdraw through injury.
Great Britain’s Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong have also benefitted by gaining a place in the women’s doubles at the expense of Niculescu and Irina-Camelia Begu.
Niculescu, ranked No. 34 in the world, was set to make her Olympic debut at London 2012, but an injury sustained during The Wimbledon Championships means she will miss out.
The next highest ranked alternate singles player is Kateryna Bondarenko. However, the Ukrainian had already been granted an ITF Place, so she now becomes a Direct Acceptance into the women’s singles and Babos takes her ITF Place.
Babos, ranked No. 65, was already scheduled to compete in the women’s doubles with Agnes Szavay, but the 19-year-old will now also play singles.
It will be Babos’s first Olympic appearance, although she did play at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games two years ago in Singapore, where she came away with a bronze medal in the girls’ doubles.
Like in the singles, Niculescu’s withdrawal in the doubles has promoted Kateryna Bondarenko, playing with her sister Alona, to gain a Direct Acceptance. The Ukrainian pair had initially been granted an ITF Place.
That frees up the ITF Place to be awarded to Baltacha and Keothavong, who become the second British pair, alongside Laura Robson and Heather Watson, to gain entry into the women’s doubles.