The 2012 Charleston Open women’s qualifying singles event began on Saturday 31 March at 9:30am local time in Charleston, South Carolina in the USA. In this post the full women’s qualifying singles draw will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the qualifying, including how this draw works and how the WTA ranking points are allocated.
There are 48 players in the qualifying draw divided up between 5 Wild Cards (WC) and 43 Direct Acceptances vying for 12 spots in the singles main draw. There are 24 seeds in the qualifying draw that have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify, so only meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 12 players qualify for the main singles draw.
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The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2012 Charleston Open qualifying singles draw was 20 February 2012, which means players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on that day. To determine whom the 24 seeds are in the qualifying event, the rankings released on Monday 19 March 2012 were used to identify the seeds (and not the rankings at the time of qualifying on February 20th).
A seeded player occupies one of every two spots in the qualifying draw. The qualifying draws are different to main draws because these events do not play off until there is one undefeated player. Therefore, the No.1 seed and the No.2 seed are not separated at the opposite ends of the draw. The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event like they do in the singles main draw. All players must win two best-of-three tiebreak set matches in a row in order to qualify.
Each player that qualifies for the singles main draw earns 12 WTA ranking points. If a qualifier loses in the 1st round of the main draw she earns 13 points (12+1), 12 points for qualifying plus the one main draw 1st round point. A player who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance or a wild card recipient, only receives one ranking point if she loses her 1st round match.
A qualifier earns the ranking points that are awarded for the round she makes it through to, plus her 12 points she earned for qualifying throughout the tournament. For example, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 40 points for making the 2nd round plus 12 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 52 ranking points in total.
If a direct acceptance withdraws from the event, then a “Lucky Loser” i.e. a player who loses in the final round of qualifying will be awarded a place in the singles main draw. A Lucky Loser who loses in the 1st round of the main draw earns 8 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round e.g. a 1st round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 8 plus 1, for a total of 9.
The 2012 Charleston Open Women’s qualifying singles draw is:
- Iveta BENESOVA (1) v Andreja KLEPAC
- Ekaterina BYCHKOVA v (17) Kristyna PLISKOVA
- Alexandra CADANTU (2) v Marta DOMACHOWSKA
- Olga PUCHKOVA v (14) Mariana DUQUE-MARINO
- Eva BIRNEROVA (3) v Madison BRENGLE
- Abigail SPEARS v (13) Jill CRAYBAS
- Akgul AMANMURADOVA (4) v Gail BRODSKY
- Vladimira UHLIROVA v (21) Tetiana LUZHANSKA
- Paula ORMAECHEA (5) v (WC) Emily J. HARMAN
- Shelby ROGERS (WC) v (23) Julia COHEN
- Mirjana LUCIC (6) v (WC) Simone CALHORN
- Catalina CASTANO v (15) Estrella CABEZA CANDELA
- Karolina PLISKOVA (7) v Tamaryn HENDLER
- Alexandra STEVENSON v (18) Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO
- Melina CZINK (8) v (WC) Hayley CARTER
- Coco VANDEWEGHE v (24) Dia EVTIMOVA
- Stefanie VOEGELE (9) v Ani MIJACIKA
- Maria SANCHEZ v (16) Caroline GARCIA
- Andrea HLAVACKOVA (10) v Kristina MLADENOVIC
- Jessica PEGULA v (20) Yaroslava SHVEDOVA
- Heather WATSON (11) v Melanie OUDIN
- Natalie GRANDIN v (22) Petra RAMPRE
- CHAN Yung-Jan (12) v Julia BOSERUP
- Grace MIN v (19) Camila GIORGI
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