The 2011 Australian Open is the next Grand Slam singles tournament for the women’s professional tennis tour. “The Aussie Open” or “The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific” as the Australian Open is also known, is held at Melbourne Park in Richmond on True Blue Plexicushion Prestige medium-paced hard courts.
The women’s event begins on Thursday January 13 with the qualifying singles draw and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday 29 January. Since 1988 the Australian Open has been played on hard courts and it is the first of 4 Grand Slam tournaments played each year. The Australian Open was first held in 1905 and was played on natural grass courts through to 1987.
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Pictured above is the 2010 Australian Open Women’s singles champion Serena WILLIAMS pictured at the 2009 event after making contact with the ball during her service motion. The 1.75m Serena has won 5 Australian Open Singles titles to date, but will have to wait until next year before she can play for a 6th. On 25 November in 2010 Serena officially withdrew from the 2011 Australian Open due to requiring a second foot operation.
The 29-year-old American won the Aussie Open in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and of course in 2010. The 13-time Grand Slam singles champion defeated Justine Henin in the final 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in 2 hours and 7 minutes last year. The Australian Open is Serena’s best Grand Slam tournament as she has won 4 Wimbledon Singles titles, 3 US Open and once at Roland Garros.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update them here straight away.
The WTA ranking points and prize money (in Australian dollars) for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + $2,200,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,400 points + $1,100,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 900 points + $420,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 500 points + $210,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 280 points + $93,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 160 points + $54,500;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 100 points + $32,000;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 5 points + $20,000.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $2,860 and 2 WTA ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $5,710 and 40 points. The players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying earn $11,440 and 50 points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 60 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, only earn 5 points. Wild Card entrants who lose 1st round also receive 5 points.
From the 2nd round onwards any qualifiers earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 60 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 100 points for making the 2nd round plus 60 points for qualifying. Which means 160 points would be added to their ranking total.
The matches each day are played in a day session beginning at 11am and a night session starting at 7:30pm except for on the final two days that women’s matches are played. For these two days (Thursday 27 and Saturday 29 January), the matches are all played on centre court with play beginning at 1:30pm on semi finals day and 7:30pm for the Women’s Singles Final.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Australian Open Women’s Singles event is:
- Thursday 13 January: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
- Friday 14 January: Qualifying 1st and 2nd round at 10am;
- Saturday 15 January: Qualifying 3rd round at 10am;
- Monday 17 January: Main Draw 1st round from 11am & 7pm;
- Tuesday 18 January: 1st round from 11am & 7pm;
- Wednesday 19 January: 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Thursday 20 January: 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Friday 21 January: 3rd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Saturday 22 January: 3rd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Sunday 23 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7pm;
- Monday 24 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Tuesday 25 January: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Wednesday 26 January: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Thursday 27 January: Semi Finals back-to-back from 1:30pm;
- Friday 28 January: No women’s matches today; and
- Saturday 29 January: Women’s Singles Final at 7:30pm.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for full coverage of every Grand Slam tournament and every major women’s and men’s tennis tournament on the WTA and ATP Tours. Click this link for further details about the Australian Open including the schedules of play-> Australian Open 2011: January 12-30.
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