Wild card (sports)

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A wild card (variously spelled wildcard or wild-card; also known as at-large berth or at-large bid) is a tournament or playoff berth awarded to an individual or team that fails to qualify in the normal way, for example by having a high ranking or winning a qualifying stage.wikipedia
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2009 US Open – Women's Singles

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For example, Kye Sun-Hui won gold in judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Ding Junhui won the 2005 China Open snooker championship, Goran Ivanišević won the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, Kim Clijsters won the 2009 US Open, and Lin Dan won the 2013 BWF World Championships.
Clijsters became the first unseeded player and wild card to win the tournament, and the first mother to win a major since Evonne Goolagong in 1980 Wimbledon Championships.

2001 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

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For example, Kye Sun-Hui won gold in judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Ding Junhui won the 2005 China Open snooker championship, Goran Ivanišević won the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, Kim Clijsters won the 2009 US Open, and Lin Dan won the 2013 BWF World Championships.
He became the first wild card to win a Grand Slam.

Major League Baseball Wild Card Game

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The two wild card teams in each league face each other in a one-game playoff, with the winner facing the number 1 seed in the Division Series.
The addition of a play-in game essentially maintained the three-tiered format used from 1995 through 2011, while adding a second wild-card team.

Goran Ivanišević

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For example, Kye Sun-Hui won gold in judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Ding Junhui won the 2005 China Open snooker championship, Goran Ivanišević won the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, Kim Clijsters won the 2009 US Open, and Lin Dan won the 2013 BWF World Championships.
125. This was not sufficient to earn him an automatic place in the main draw at Wimbledon but, given his past record as a three-time runner-up, he was awarded a wildcard for entry into the singles draw.

Kim Clijsters

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For example, Kye Sun-Hui won gold in judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Ding Junhui won the 2005 China Open snooker championship, Goran Ivanišević won the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, Kim Clijsters won the 2009 US Open, and Lin Dan won the 2013 BWF World Championships.
As a fourteen year old, Clijsters could only enter professional tournaments through qualifying since the WTA Tour's policy did not allow players her age to receive main draw wild cards.

The Championships, Wimbledon

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In international sports, the term is perhaps best known in reference to big international sporting events such as the Olympic Games and tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon.
Both tournaments have 8 wild card entrants, with the remainder in each made up of qualifiers.

2003 World Series

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From 2003 to 2016, it was granted to the winner of the All-Star Game.
Opposing them were the wild card Florida Marlins, appearing in their second World Series in their eleven-year franchise history.

2019 Washington Nationals season

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The Nationals won their first World Series in franchise history on October 30, and becoming the seventh Wild Card team to win the World Series.

1995 in baseball

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The wild card has been in effect since 1995, although it was supposed to be used in 1994; the postseason was canceled due to the players' strike.
* The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.

Playoff berth

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A wild card (variously spelled wildcard or wild-card; also known as at-large berth or at-large bid) is a tournament or playoff berth awarded to an individual or team that fails to qualify in the normal way, for example by having a high ranking or winning a qualifying stage.
But in many large sports leagues, additional wild card teams that have not finished at the top of their division will also participate in the playoffs, and these positions will also be sought by teams that are unable to reach the top.

Athletic conference

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Some North American professional sports leagues compare the records of teams which did not qualify directly by winning a division or conference.
The NFL allocates six teams from each conference for the NFL playoffs; the four division winners (guaranteed one of the top four seeds, based on winning percentage), and the two best-non division winners, also known as wild cards.

Major League Baseball postseason

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In Major League Baseball (MLB), wild-card playoff spots are given to the two teams in each league (four teams overall) with the best records among the non-division winners.
Since 2012, the playoffs for each league—American and National—consist of a one-game wild-card playoff between two wild card teams, four best-of-five Division Series (LDS) featuring the wild-card winner and the winner of each division, and finally the best-of-seven League Championship Series (LCS).

1997 World Series

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The Marlins' championship made them the first wild card team to ever win the World Series.

2002 San Francisco Giants season

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By virtue of having the best record among second-place teams in the National League, they won the NL wild card to earn a postseason berth.

2005 World Series

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The Astros were attempting to become the fourth consecutive wild card team to win the Series, following the Anaheim Angels (2002), Florida Marlins (2003) and Boston Red Sox (2004).

2011 World Series

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The Cardinals earned their postseason berth by winning the National League Wild Card on the last day of the regular season, and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series and the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series to earn their World Series berth.

2003 in baseball

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Prior to 2003, it was decided by alternating each year between the American and National Leagues.
* The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.

Super Bowl XV

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The Raiders defeated the Eagles by the score of 27–10, becoming the first wild card playoff team to win a Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XXXV

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The Ravens, who posted a 12–4 regular season record, became the third wild card team to win the Super Bowl and the second in four years.

Super Bowl XXXII

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The Broncos, who entered the game after posting a 12–4 regular season record in 1997, became just the second wild card team to win a Super Bowl and the first since the Raiders in Super Bowl XV.

Super Bowl XL

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Pittsburgh, who finished the regular season with an 11–5 record, also became the fourth wild card team, the third in nine years, and the first ever number 6 seed in the NFL playoffs, to win a Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLII

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The Giants, who finished the regular season with a 10–6 record, were seeking to become the first NFC wild card team to win a Super Bowl, and were also looking for their third Super Bowl victory and first since they won Super Bowl XXV seventeen years earlier.

Super Bowl XXXIV

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The Titans, who were originally the Houston Oilers, also finished the regular season with a 13–3 record, but advanced to their first Super Bowl in team history after entering the playoffs as a wild-card team.

Super Bowl XXVII

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The Bills advanced to their third consecutive Super Bowl after posting an 11–5 regular season record, but entered the playoffs as a wild card after losing tiebreakers.

Lin Dan

For example, Kye Sun-Hui won gold in judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Ding Junhui won the 2005 China Open snooker championship, Goran Ivanišević won the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, Kim Clijsters won the 2009 US Open, and Lin Dan won the 2013 BWF World Championships.
Lin Dan was also given a wild card entry for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China due to his ability and popularity; even though his world ranking had not enabled him to qualify.