Australian Open 2010 Women’s Qualifying

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Australian Open 2010 Women’s Singles Qualifying tournament is a knock-out tournament just like the main draw of the Grand Slams, that also has 32 seeds and 96 players in it’s draw as compared to the main draw which has 128.

12 spots in the main draw of the Australian Open are allocated to qualifiers. The qualifiers were those players who won 3 matches in a row in the qualifying tournament. Even if the qualifier then loses the 1st round match they win 19,400 Australian dollars in prize money.

The qualifying tournament which is often called “qualies”, was scheduled to be played from Wednesday 13 January to Saturday 16 January. The 3rd round of qualifying is known as “The Qualifying Round” as the winners of this round qualify for the main event.

Last year in the Australian Open women’s singles event the best result by a qualifier was winning into the 2nd round. 3 players achieved this: Alberta Brianti, Elena Baltacha and Sesil Karatantcheva.

This year 8 of the 32 seeded players in the qualies won through, whilst 4 unseeded women qualified ahead of the 24 seeded players. The country that the player represents is in brackets next to her name.

The winners of “The Qualifying Round” were:

The Seeds: (1) Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium), (2) Regina Kulikova (Russia), (3) Shenay Perry (USA),  (7) Angelique Kerber (Germany), (8) Yvonne Meusburger (Austria) (12) Kathrin Woerle (Germany), (14) Renata Voracova (Czech Republic) and (21) Valerie Tetreault (Canada).

Perry, Kerber, Meusburger and Tetreault also qualified for the last Grand Slam singles main draw on the Women’s Pro Tour back at the 2009 US Open.

Unseeded players: Xinyun Han (China), Sofia Arvidsson (Sweden), Yuliana Fedak (Ukraine) and Zuzana Kucova (Slovakia).

Pictured above is 27 year old Belgian Justine Henin preparing to serve. The former World No.1 retired on 14 May 2008 as World No.1. Henin has won 7 Grand Slam singles titles to date including 4 French Open, 2 US Open and 1 Australian Open title in 2004.

Can Henin win the Australian Open? It is definitely possible! Henin held 2 match points against the reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters in the final of the Brisbane International earlier this month on January 9.

In her 1st tournament of her comeback Henin as an unranked player received a Wild Card to play Brisbane where she defeated the No.2 & No.3 seeds Nadia Petrova and Ana Ivanovic respectively both in straight sets. Henin earned 200 WTA ranking points as runner-up, which would have her ranked at the world No.252 already!

How far will Henin go at the 2010 Australian Open? Which Qualifier or Wild Card will achieve the best results this year? In 2009 Wild Card entrant Jelena Dokic won through to the quarter finals before losing to runner-up Dinara Safina in 3 tight sets.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for more coverage of the 2010 Australian Open and click these links for further details -> Australian Open 2010 Men’s Seeding and Australian Open 2010 Women’s Seeding.

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