Kiwi teen Jade Lewis handed ASB Classic wildcard

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Jade Lewis has been granted a wildcard entry to the main draw for next week's ASB Classic and three other Kiwis have been given the chance to qualify.

Jade Lewis from New Zealand during the ASB Classic WTA Womens Tournament Day 2. ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. Tuesday 3 January 2017. ©Copyright Photo: Chris Symes / www.photosport.nz

Jade Lewis from New Zealand during the ASB Classic Women's Tournament on Day 2 at ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland.

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The four wildcards into the qualifying tournament go to Kiwis Paige Hourigan, Sacha Jones, Erin Routliffe and Jo Carswell.

It's the second time the 19-year-old Lewis, the niece of Kiwi tennis great Chris Lewis, will play in the main draw.

She picked up valuable experience in 2017 when she lost to Venus Williams.

The Classic was hit by a late withdrawal on Christmas Eve when double Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka pulled out due to personal reasons.

Danish star Caroline Wozniacki, the top seed and world No.3, and Agnieszka Radwanska both flew into Auckland on Friday.

Wozniacki said she had been quietly preparing for the new season.

"It's great to be back and hopefully it's going to be a great week for me," the 27-year-old Wozniacki told media at Auckland Airport.

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