The 2011 Memphis Open is a WTA International category tournament played on indoor Plexipave hard courts from February 11-19. The 10th year of this event is being played at The Racquet Club of Memphis, Tennessee in the USA. The official tournament name is the Cellular South Cup due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The women’s event begins on Friday February 11 with the qualifying singles draw and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday February 19 at 7pm. The Memphis singles event has a 32-player draw that contains 25 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers and 3 Wild Cards and the official draw will take place on Friday 11 February.
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The total prize money for the 2011 Memphis tournament is $220,000 US dollars. The centre court has a seating capacity of 5,000 and is called the Morgan Keegan Stadium Court. The wild cards were awarded to Americans Beatrice CAPRA and Catherine HARRISON plus 17-year-old Croatian Ajla TOMLJANOVIC.
The 2010 Memphis Women’s singles champion was Maria Sharapova who defeated qualifier Sofia Arvidsson in the 2010 final. The 26-year-old Arvidsson from Sweden turns 27 on February 16 and will be doing her best to celebrate her birthday tournament in style by going one step further this year.
The 1.76m Arvidsson is the No.2 seed at Memphis in 2011 and won her sole WTA singles title at Memphis in 2006. Sweden’s No.1 ranked female is pictured above at the 2010 US Open as she prepares to play a forehand drive. Her best Grand Slam singles result to date was making the 3rd round of the 2006 Australian Open. Her current ranking is No.60 and she achieved her career-high ranking of No.29 on 1 May 2006.
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 280 points + $37,000;
- The runner-up earns 200 points + $$19,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 130 points + $10,200;
- The four quarter finalists earn 70 points + $5,380;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 30 points + $2,950;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive 1 point + $1,725.
There is a 16-player qualifying draw. The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $440 and 1 ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd and final round of qualifying earn $850 and 6 ranking points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 10 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 round of 16 onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 10 points for qualifying. Therefore a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the round of 16 earns 30 points for making the round of 16 plus 10 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the round of 16 earns 40 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Memphis Open Women’s Singles event is:
- Friday 11 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Saturday 12 February: Qualifying 2nd round from 11:30am;
- Sunday 13 February: Main Draw 1st round from 10am and 7pm;
- Monday 14 February: 1st round from 10am and 7pm;
- Tuesday 15 February: Round of 16 from 10am;
- Wednesday 16 February: Round of 16 from 10am;
- Thursday 17 February: Quarter Finals from 10am;
- Friday 18 February: Semi Finals at 11am and 3pm; and
- Saturday 19 February: Women’s Singles Final at 7pm.
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photo credit: Robbie Mendelson