The 2010 Roland Garros women’s qualifying singles event began yesterday with 96 players battling for the 12 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.
Today only 48 players remain in the 2nd round of the qualifying. All 24 of the women’s 2nd round matches will be played today on 10 different courts with all 10 courts commencing at 10am local time in Paris. The pressure was on as the difference in terms of ranking points for winning and losing yesterday was 38 WTA ranking points, 2 points for 1st round losers and 40 to the winners.
Of the 24 seeds in the qualifying 7 of them were defeated in the 1st round, leaving 17 seeds still in contention to advance to “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies.
3 of the 8 French wild cards carried the blue, white and red flag into the 2nd round of the women’s qualifying singles event they are Laurendon, Piquion & Vongsouthi. Irina Buryachok seized her opportunity by winning her match yesterday after she replaced Monique Adamczak in the draw.
There is plenty at stake today as players who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of 15,000 Euros and 60 WTA ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. That means they receive 12 times the amount that a direct acceptance receives when she loses her 1st round match.
The women’s and men’s singles draw ceremony is taking place in the French Tennis Federation museum at 11.30am tomorrow. The women’s draw is conducted first and is followed by the men’s.
Except for the 32 seeds in each draw all players are allocated a random spot in the draw electronically. The seeds are drawn by hand, last years singles winners are pulling the names out of the barrel. Roger Federer will draw the 32 women’s seeds and Kuznetsova will draw the 32 men’s seeds.
The draw for the 2nd round of the 2010 Roland Garros women’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Renata Voracova versus Aniko Kapros
- Junri Namigata versus Heidi El Tabakh
- Xinyun Han versus Kurumi Nara
- Irina Buryachok versus (19) Monica Niculescu
- (3) Edina Gallovits versus Oksana Kalashnikova
- Julia Cohen versus Ekaterina Ivanova
- (4) Aranxta Rus versus Lourdes Dominguez Lino
- Sophie Ferguson versus Lesya Tsurenko
- (5) Zuzana Kucova versus Anastasiya Yakimova
- Beatriz Garcia Vidagany versus (16) Shuai Zhang
- (6) Bojana Jovanovski versus Anastasia Pivovarova
- Marta Domachowska versus (18) Michaella Krajicek
- (7) Ksenia Pervak versus Andrea Hlavackova
- (WC) Stephanie Vongsouthi versus (13) Evgeniya Rodina
- (8) Michelle Larcher de Brito versus Misaki Doi
- Arina Rodionova versus Vitalia Diatchenko
- (9) Simona Halep versus Madison Brengle
- Elena Bovina versus (14) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
- (10) Kaia Kanepi versus Zarina Diyas
- Anna Tatishvili versus (24) Vesna Manasieva
- Nuria Llagostera Vives versus (WC) Anais Laurendon
- Iryna Kuryanovich versus (22) Kathrin Woerle
- (WC) Nathalie Piquion versus Zuzana Ondraskova
- Silvia Soler Espinosa versus (20) Chanelle Scheepers
Pictured above is 26 year old Samantha Stosur off balance and out of position just before making contact with the ball for this forehand drive. The Australian achieved a career high ranking of No.7 this week after consistently playing at a high level.
The 1.72m Stosur achieved her best result in a Grand Slam singles event by making the semi finals of Roland Garros in 2009, before losing in 3 sets to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Stosur took 4 time French Open champion to a 3rd and final set in the Women’s Singles Final at Stuttgart so looks set to perform well at Roland Garros.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Roland Garros for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play -> Roland Garros: French Open 2010 May 18 – June 6.
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