The 2013 Auckland Open is being played for the 28th time. To make it easier for YOU to follow, watch or attend this tournament OnCourt Advantage details how the WTA ranking points and prize money are allocated round-by-round plus what the schedule of play is for each day. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 5 hours to the local times in Auckland listed below.
Further details, including how to buy tickets, “Like” and “Follow” Auckland, the tournament venue, centre court name and capacity, the court surface, total prize money etc. are covered here-> Auckland Open Tennis 2013.
The original cut-off ranking for direct acceptance in to the main draw singles event is WTA World No.79 Polona Hercog. The Top 8 highest ranked players entered at the cut-off date of 19 November 2012 comprises 8 of the Top 10: No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska, No.18 Julia Goerges, No.23 Yanina Wickmayer, No.26 and defending champion Zheng Jie, No.27 Sorana Cirstea, No.29 Yaroslava Shvedova, No.33 Christina McHale and No.39 Mona Barthel.
Pictured above is Auckland No.1 seed Agnieszka RADWANSKA on the dead run aiming to put one more ball back into play at the 2012 WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. The 22-year-old 1.72m Radwanska was the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up at Wimbledon taking 15-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams to a third and final set.
Radwanska from Poland achieved a career-high ranking to date of No.2 in 2012 to continue her trend of achieving more each year. 2013 just might be the year for a Grand Slam singles title and the World No.1 ranking for the older sister WTA World No.31 Urszula.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The WTA ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 280 points + $40,000;
- The runner-up earns 200 points + $20,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 130 points + $10,425;
- The four quarter finalists earn 70 points + $5,500;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 30 points + $3,100;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $1,800 + 1 ranking point.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
The schedule of play for the 2013 Auckland Women’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 29 December: Qualifying at 10am;
- Sunday 30 December: Qualifying at 10am;
- Monday 31 December: Main Draw 1st round at 12 noon and 7pm;
- Tuesday 1 January: 1st round at 12 noon and 7pm;
- Wednesday 2 January: Round of 16 from 12 noon and 7pm;
- Thursday 3 January: Quarter Finals from 12 noon and 7pm;
- Friday 4 January: Semi Finals at 12 noon; and
- Saturday 5 January: Women’s Singles Final at 12 noon.
© photo credit: Babolat