The Australian Open women’s singles main draw will contain eight wildcard entrants into the women’s singles draw for the 2013 Australian Open. The remainder of the 128-player draw consists of 108 direct acceptances and the 12 players who win through the qualifying singles event. In this post OnCourt Advantage will explain how these wild cards are awarded and continually update you when another women’s singles wildcard is awarded.
The eight wild cards are allocated at the discretion of Tennis Australia (TA) although four of the eight wildcards have a set procedure for how they are selected/earned. TA is part of a 3-way reciprocal wildcard arrangement with two of the other three Grand Slam tournaments, which means two of the eight wildcards are called Reciprocal Wildcards.
TA reserves one wildcard for the greater good of tennis in Asia-Pacific in a generous act and in line with being the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific as opposed to awarding that extra wildcard to an Australian player. TA holds an Australian women only knockout play-off with the winner of the final guaranteed a wildcard and did the same for the first time this year for the Asia-Pacific wildcard. The remaining four wildcards are awarded purely at the TA’s discretion.
Reciprocal Wild Cards:
Three of the four Grand Slam tournaments have arranged a 3-way reciprocal arrangement whereby they all allocate a wild card to each other to use at their discretion. This means that all three of TA, French Tennis Federation (FFT) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) set aside two wildcards into their home Grand Slam in order to acquire two wildcards for their own use at two other Grand Slam events.
The FFT elects to choose at its discretion. The USTA holds an 8-player knockout draw play-off with the winner of the final earning the wildcard. The eight players are chosen by the USTA and are not selected according to rankings.
Discretionary Wild Cards:
As soon as each of the discretionary wildcards are announced OnCourt Advantage will added their names to the list below. All of the main draw wildcards will have to be determined on or before Wednesday 9 January at the latest because that is the day that the women’s qualifying singles event is drawn.
Pictured above is 28-year-old Australian Samantha STOSUR making contact with the ball for this double-handed backhand groundstroke at the 2012 Cincinnati Open. The 1.72m current World No.9 achieved her career-high ranking to date of No.4 on 21 February 2011.
Stosur achieved his best Grand Slam singles result by winning the 2011 US Open singles title defeating 15-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams in the final. In 2013 the Queenslander will be looking to improve upon her current best result of making the round of 16 in 2006 and 2010 at the Australian Open.
The 8 wild cards into the 2013 Australian Open Women’s singles main draw are:
- ZHANG Yuxuan – Asia-Pacific players-only wild card play-off singles champion 21 Oct, 2012
- Bojana BOBUSIC – Australian players-only wild card play-off singles champion 16 Dec, 2012
- Madison KEYS – American players-only wild card play-off singles champion 17 Dec, 2012
- Caroline GARCIA – Roland Garros reciprocal FFT discretionary 21 Dec, 2012
- Ashleigh BARTY – TA discretionary 1 Jan, 2013
- Olivia ROGOWSKA – TA discretionary 3 Jan, 2013
- Jarmila GAJDOSOVA – TA discretionary 5 Jan, 2013
- Sacha JONES – TA discretionary 5 Jan, 2013
Photo credit: Beth Wilson