The 2012 Australian Open women’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 16 January at 11am local time in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian Open women’s singles draw is made up of 128 main draw spots divided up between 12 Qualifiers (Q), 8 Wild Cards (WC) and 108 Direct Acceptances. Subtract 3 hours from the local times in Melbourne to watch the tennis in Singapore.
The 108 direct acceptances are decided according to whom the highest 108 ranked players in the world are on the cut-off date. The 2012 Australian Open cut-off date for direct entry will be Monday 5 December. There are four more direct acceptances in the women’s event because four spots less go to qualifiers than in the men’s singles draw.
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If any direct acceptances withdraw after the first round of qualifying is completed then those vacated spots are awarded to lucky losers. A lucky loser is a player who lost in the final round of qualifying and signs-in for the main draw. Lucky losers are selected in order from the highest ranked player to the lowest.
The official ceremony for when the Australian Open 2012 draw takes place will be held on Friday 13 January at 10am. The 16 qualifiers names will be drawn and added to complete the draw on Sunday 15 January at 5pm. The 2012 edition of the Australian Open is the 100th year that this tournament is being played and the 107th year since it began in 1905.
Pictured above is current World No.5 LI Na striving for great heights in the midst of her service motion during the 2011 Australian Open. The 1.72m Li was the runner-up at the 2011 Australian Open to Kim Clijsters after leading by a set and a break of serve in the final.
The 29-year-old Li from China went one step further at Roland Garros in 2011 and became the first Chinese player in the history of tennis to win a Grand Slam singles title. Li holds pretty much every achievement for the “First Chinese player to…” win a Grand Slam singles title, win Roland Garros, make the Australian Open final, be ranked No.4 in the World, the list goes on. Li will be striving to go one step further again at the 2012 Australian Open after her past two years yielding a semi final in 2010 and runner-up in 2011. Can she do it?
Australian Open SEEDS:
The seeding is allocated to players according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made. Therefore, the WTA rankings released on Monday 9 January 2012 will determine the seeding before the seeding is even officially announced. Unlike in many other tournaments the seeded players do NOT receive a BYE in the 1st round. To win a Grand Slam singles title a player must win 7 best-of-3 set matches in the main draw in a row, which is the longest streak of victories required by any tournament.
In a 128-player sized draw there are 32 seeded players. This means that all of the 32 seeds are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet a fellow seed in the 3rd round.
If any of the seeded players withdraw from the Australian Open, prior to the event or during, OnCourt Advantage will update YOU straight away. If one seed withdraws then the world No.33 will move into the seedings and the next player in line to be promoted will be world No.34 and so on.
Australian Open WILD CARDS:
Six of the eight wild cards are awarded at the discretion of Tennis Australia. The other two wild cards are awarded by the United States Tennis Association and the French Tennis Federation because those three Grand Slam nations share a 3-way reciprocal arrangement, which allows each of them to select one man and one woman as a wild card in the two other Grand Slam singles draws each year.
The full 8 wild cards will be confirmed before Tuesday 10 January because the wild cards’ names will need to be removed from the draw for the qualifying singles event that will be drawn on that Tuesday. As soon as each wild card is awarded the details will be added to this post-> Australian Open 2012 Women’s Wild Cards.
Australian Open QUALIFIERS:
The 96-player qualifying tournament will begin on Thursday 12 January and run through to Saturday 15 January. There are 32 players less in the women’s qualifying event than in the men’s event because there are four spots less allocated to qualifiers. The qualifying event at the Australian Open is all best-of-three set matches and the women’s qualifying starts one day after the men’s qualifying.
The final set in both the qualifying and main draw is an advantage set. In an advantage set, if the players are tied at 6 games all they do NOT play a tiebreak instead they continue on until one player gains a 2-game advantage. The 12 qualifiers will need to win three consecutive matches to qualify.
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