The 2012 Dubai Open is a WTA Premier 700 category tournament played on blue DecoTurf II hard courts from February 18-25. The 12th year of this event is being played at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The official tournament name is the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The Dubai Open is one of only five Premier 700 WTA category tournaments for 2012. The other four Premier 700 tournaments in 2012 are Charleston, Stanford, Carlsbad (all in the USA) and Stuttgart in Germany. Through to 2011 the Dubai Open was a Premier FIVE category tournament, from 2012 this category has been switched with the Qatar Open in Doha.
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The women’s event begins on Saturday February 18 with the qualifying singles draw and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday February 25 at 7pm. The total prize money for the 2012 Dubai tournament is $2,000,000 US dollars. The centre court has a seating capacity of 5,000 and is called the Dubai Tennis Stadium.
The 2011 Dubai Women’s singles champion was Caroline WOZNIACKI who defeated duel Grand Slam singles champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-3. The 21-year-old Wozniacki from Denmark is pictured above at the 2011 Dubai Open, which is one of her 18 career WTA singles she has won so far.
This year the 1.77m Wozniacki will be the No.3 seed and be joined by 8 of the Top 10 WTA women, including the past four Grand Slam singles champions Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur, Petra Kvitova and Li Na. The former World No.1 first achieved the No.1 ranking on 11 October 2012 and has made the quarter finals or better at 6 of the past 10 Grand Slam singles events.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The WTA ranking points and prize money for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 470 points + $446,778;
- The runner-up earns 320 points + $242,815;
- The two semi finalists earn 200 + $130,148;
- The four quarter finalists earn 120 + $32,461,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 60 + $17,872;
- The *16 players who lose in the 1st round earn 1 + $10,030;
There is a 32-player qualifying draw. The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $1,422 and 1 ranking point. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $2,599 and 8 ranking points. The players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying earn $4,842 and 12 ranking points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 20 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, earn just the one point. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round also receive just the one point.
From the 2nd round onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 20 points for qualifying. Therefore a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 60 points for making the 2nd round plus 20 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 80 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2012 Dubai Open Women’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 18 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10:30am;
- Sunday 19 February: Qualifying 2nd & final round from 10:30am;
- Monday 20 February: Main Draw 1st round from 2pm and 7pm;
- Tuesday 21 February: 2nd round from 2pm and 7pm;
- Wednesday 22 February: Round of 16 from 12noon and 7pm;
- Thursday 23 February: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
- Friday 24 February: Semi Finals from 2pm; and
- Saturday 25 February: Women’s Singles Final at 7pm.
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© photo credit: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships