Roland Garros 2010 Women’s Qualifiers

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The 2010 Roland Garros women’s qualifying singles event is now complete. The qualifying began on Wednesday 19 May with 96 players battling for the 12 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.

To qualify you must win 3 matches in a row all in the best of 3 sets format, with the 1st two sets being tie break sets and the final set being an advantage set, i.e. 1st player to win 6 games with at least two games.

Of the 24 seeds in the qualifying 12 of them were defeated in the 1st two rounds of qualifying, leaving the other 12 seeds amongst the 24 players in “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.

The French women did not fare as well as the French men in the qualifying event. None of the 8 French women who were all wild cards made it through to the qualifying round.

Once a player qualifies for a Grand Slam singles event she earns 60 WTA ranking points for qualifying but does NOT add the 5 points a 1st round loser is awarded, if the qualifier loses in the 1st round.

Throughout the tournament the qualifiers keep their 60 points and add it on to the points they receive for whichever round they make it to. For example, a 2nd round loss earns a qualifier 160 points (100+60), 100 like everyone else who loses in the 2nd round plus their 60 for qualifying. A 3rd round loss earns a qualifier 220 points whereas everyone else would earn 160 points (160+60).

If a player is awarded a place in the main draw as a Lucky Loser she does NOT get the 60 WTA ranking points that a qualifier does and does NOT get to add the points she won in the qualifying event on to the points that are allocated for each successive round. Therefore, the Lucky Loser gets the 50 points she earned for making it to the 3rd round of qualifying but does NOT add the 5 points that everyone else gets.

From the 2nd round onwards the Lucky Loser does NOT keep her 50 keeps points to add on to the points allocated for whichever round she makes it to. For example, a 2nd round loss earns a Lucky Loser 100 points not 150 (50+100) and a 3rd round loss earns her 160 points not 210 (50+160). This is due to the fact that she was promoted into the singles main draw and did not win her way there.

The Lucky Losers are still lucky despite NOT being able to carry their qualifying points forward like a qualifier does, because they DO have a free shot at earning double their points i.e. from 50 to 100 points, if they can win their 1st round match.

Pictured above is Sorana Cirstea in her service stance preparing to commence her service action. This year at Roland Garros the 1.76m Romanian will need to serve up her best from the very 1st round in order to match her best Grand Slam singles result to date. The correct pronounciation of Sorana Cirstea is soh-RAH-nuh ker-STAY-uh.

Cirstea made the quarter finals of Roland Garros in 2009 at 19 years of age. Cirstea just turned 20 years old last month and is one of only 3 women in the Top 35, who will not turn 21 this year. Caroline Wozniacki turns 20 in July and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova turns 19 in July.

Cirstea is the current World No.34 which means she just missed out on being seeded at Roland Garros this year. The WTA rankings as at May 10, 2010 where used to determine the seedings. Cirstea missed one of the 32 spots by 1 place as World No.10 Kim Clijsters was the only player from this group to withdraw (due to injury).

The former World No.6 on the ITF Junior Tour plays against No.6 seed and defending Roland Garros singles champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 1st round. The custom is for the defending women’s champion to play the 1st match on centre court (Court Philippe Chartrier) on the 1st day’s play. Cirstea has a great chance as Kuznetsova has been out of form this year on clay.

If just one seeded player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE Cirstea’s match at 5pm local time in Paris today then she will be elevated to a seed (No.33) and a Lucky Loser will play Kuznetsova.

Those players names that are bolded in the list below are the 12 players who have qualified for the women’s singles main draw. Only 3 of the top 12 seeds expected to qualify actually won their way through to the main draw.

The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying was No.5 seed Zuzana Kucova which means she would be the 1st player to take a spot in the main draw as a Lucky Loser if any player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE playing her 1st round match.

The results in the 3rd round and final round of the 2010 Roland Garros women’s qualifying singles event were:

  • Heidi El Tabakh d. Aniko Kapros 6-1 6-1
  • Kurumi Nara d. (19) Monica Niculescu 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-8
  • Ekaterina Ivanova d. Oksana Kalashnikova 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
  • Sophie Ferguson d. Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4 6-3
  • (16) Shuai Zhang d. (5) Zuzana Kucova 6-2 6-4
  • Anastasia Pivovarova d. (18) Michaella Krajicek 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2
  • (7) Ksenia Pervak d. (13) Evgeniya Rodina 7-5 6-3
  • Misaki Doi d. Vitalia Diatchenko 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
  • (9) Simona Halep d. (14) Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4
  • (10) Kaia Kanepi d. (24) Vesna Manasieva 6-0 6-0
  • Nuria Llagostera Vives d. (22) Kathrin Woerle 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
  • (20) Chanelle Scheepers d. Zuzana Ondraskova

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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