The women’s MAJOR tennis tournaments on the WTA calendar each year are called the “BIG 14″ here on OnCourt Advantage. The reason I call them that is to highlight and emphasise that tennis is NOT just 4 major tournaments per year. In addition to the four Grand Slam events there are 10 MAJOR women’s tournaments, which comprise 4 Premier Mandatory and 5 Premier Five tournaments plus THE year-end championships called the WTA Finals.
The 2012 WTA women’s MAJOR tennis tournament calendar is:
- January 12-28: AUSTRALIAN OPEN in Melbourne, Australia.
- February 10-18: DOHA in Qatar.
- March 5-18: INDIAN WELLS in the USA.
- March 19-April 1: MIAMI in the USA.
- April 26-May 5: MADRID in Spain.
- May 6-12: ROME in Italy.
- May 22-June 9: ROLAND GARROS in Paris, France.
- June 11-July 1: WIMBLEDON in London, United Kingdom.
- August 6-12: MONTREAL in Canada.
- August 13-19: CINCINNATI in the USA.
- August 23-September 11: US OPEN in New York, USA.
- September 23-29: TOKYO in Japan.
- September 29-October 5: BEIJING in China.
- October 23-28: WTA Finals in ISTANBUL, Turkey.
The dates above are the entire timeframe for each tournament, including the first day of the qualifying singles event through to Women’s Singles Final day. The first four major tournaments are all hard court events, the next three are clay court events, Wimbledon is played on natural grass and then the final six are all hard courts events.
Pictured above in Miami this year is the 2011 WTA Champion Caroline WOZNIACKI which, is the title, awarded to the player who finishes the year ranked as the World No.1. The 21-year-old Wozniacki has won 5 major singles titles thus far – Indian Wells, Dubai, Beijing, Tokyo and Montreal. The 1.77m blonde from Denmark has been a runner-up in majors 4 times – WTA Finals, Madrid, Indian Wells and at the US Open.
Wozniacki has finished at No.1 for the past two years straight and is a perfect example of how much weight the 10 major tournaments outside the Grand Slams carry. The right-hander is ONLY the 20th woman to achieve the World No.1 ranking since the WTA began computer rankings on 3 November 1975 after first rising to the top on 11 November 2010. Despite not yet winning a Grand Slam singles title she owns the 9th longest reign at No.1 (with 64 weeks).
The battle for No.1, Grand Slam singles titles and major tournaments looks set to reaching boiling point in 2012 with Petra Kvitova just 115 WTA ranking points behind 1st place. Kvitova won Madrid, Wimbledon and the WTA Finals in 2011. There are 9 Grand Slam singles champions in the Top 22 presently and 6 different women have won the past 7 Grand Slam singles titles from that group!
The most likely candidates to win a first Grand Slam title in 2012 on the strength of their performances in major tournaments in the past 2 years are: Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva and Agnieszka Radwanska. It will be interesting to see who the next couple of World No.1 players will be, who takes out the majors next year and whether any 1 or 2 players can begin to dominate like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have in recent years.
If you click on the names of these MAJOR tournaments that are written in blue and are underlined, it will take you to the 2012 directory page for that particular tournament. As the 2012 directories are posted here at OnCourt Advantage for the above tournaments that are currently written in black, they too will be updated to being listed in blue and linked to the 2012 directory page for that major tournament.
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photo credit: Mark Howard Photography