The 2012 Monterrey Open women’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 20 February at 10am local time in Monterrey in Mexico. Monterrey is one of 30 WTA International category tournaments each year and the first of two WTA events in Mexico.
There are 32 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 25 Direct Acceptance. The official name of this event is the Whirlpool Abierto Monterrey due to title sponsorship naming rights.
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The official draw was held on Friday 17 February and as soon as the qualifying event is complete OnCourt Advantage will add the names of the four qualifiers into their allocated spots in the draw below.
The 8 seeds were ranked from World No.24 (Roberta VINCI) through to No.72 (Lordes DOMINGUEZ LINO). The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Timea BABOS from Hungary who was ranked No.141 at the cut-off date.
The Seeds: In a 32-player sized draw there are 8 seeded players. This means that all of the 8 seeds are separated in the draw so they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed in the quarter finals.
The seeding is allocated to the 8 highest ranked players according to the latest WTA rankings BEFORE the draw is made. These latest rankings were released on Monday 13 February therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Monterrey women’s singles seeds are:
1-Roberta VINCI, 2-Sara ERANI, 3-Sorana CIRSTEA, 4-Alexandra DULGHERU, 5-Gisela DULKO, 6-Greta ARN, 7-Mathilde JOHANSSON and 8-Lourdes DOMINGUEZ LINO.
If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their 1st round match another player will replace that seed. If a replacement seed is selected he would be the next highest ranked player from the direct acceptances i.e. Kimiko DATE-KRUMM.
The Wild Cards: were awarded to Mexico’s own Ximena HERMOSO, late entrant and No.3 seed Sorana CIRTSEA and plus Yaroslava SHVEDOVA.
The Qualifiers: The 16-player qualifying tournament sets the task of winning 2 best-of-three tiebreak set matches in order to qualify for the main draw. These four players will have their names added here as soon as they win their final round of qualifying -> Sesil KARATANTCHEVA, Monica PUIG, Katalin MAROSI and Maria ABRAMOVIC.
This is the draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals:
- Roberta VINCI (1) v (6) Greta ARN
- Alexandra DULGHERU (4) v (8) Lourdes DOMINGUEZ LINO
- Gisela DULKO (5) v (3) Sorana CIRSTEA
- Mathilde JOHANSSON (7) v (2) Sara ERRANI
The 2012 Monterrey Open women’s singles draw for the 1st round is:
- Roberta VINCI (1) v Coco VANDEWEGHE
- Nina BRATCHIKOVA v Anastasia PIVOVAROVA
- Alexandra PANOVA v (Q) Maria ABRAMOVIC
- ZHANG Shuai v (6) Greta ARN
- Alexandra DULGHERU (4) v Silvia SOLER-ESPINOSA
- Alexandra CADANTU v Jelena DOKIC
- Valeria SAVINYKH v Kimiko DATE-KRUMM
- Monica PUIG (Q) v (8) Lourdes DOMINGUEZ LINO
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Gisela DULKO (5) v Patricia MAYR-ACHLEITNER
- Katalin MAROSI (Q) v Eva BIRNEROVA
- Ximena HERMOSO (WC) v Timea BABOS
- Stefanie VOEGELE v (3) (WC) Sorana CIRSTEA
- Mathilde JOHANSSON (7) v Mandy MINELLA
- Yaroslava SHVEDOVA (WC) v (Q) Sesil KARATANTCHEVA
- Alize CORNET v Tetiana LUZHANSKA
- Stephanie DUBOIS v (2) Sara ERRANI
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