The 2010 Roland Garros women’s qualifying singles event begins today – Wednesday 19 May at 11am local time in Paris. The qualifying event will be completed on Friday 21 May. The qualifying matches are best of 3 sets with the final set being an advantage set i.e. you must win by at least 2 games as opposed to a tie break at 6 games all.
There are 96 spots in the qualifying draw and it is divided up between 8 Wild Cards (WC) and 88 Direct Acceptances. There are 24 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 24 ranked players are seeded to meet each other 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.
All 8 players who received a wild card into the women’s qualifying singles event were French in a strong show of support by the French Tennis Federation. Beltrame, Gubernatis, Fedossova, Garcia, Guisard, Laurendon, Piquion & Vongsouthi are the 8 French wild cards. These are the only French women in the qualifying draw.
The players win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 4,000 Euros and40 WTA ranking points. The players win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 8,000 Euros and 50 WTA ranking points. Both the 2nd round and 3rd losers in qualifying earn far more than a player receives who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses her 1st round match. That player only receives 5 points.
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 received 12 times the amount that a direct acceptance receives when she loses her 1st round match.
The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win 3 matches in a row in order to qualify. The qualifying draws are different to main draws because these events do not play off until there is one undefeated player. Therefore, the No.1 seed and the No.2 seed are not separated at the opposite ends of the draw.
The top 12 seeds in the main draw of qualifying have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify. There names have been highlighted below. The whole 24 seeds are just listed down the draw.
The draw for the 2010 women’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Renata Voracovaversus Rebecca Marino
- Aniko Kapros versus (WC) Severine Beltrame
- Junri Namigata versus Nikola Hofmanova
- Heidi El Tabakh versus (23) Sesil Karatantcheva
- (2) Anna Lapushchenkova versus Xinyun Han
- Yuliana Fedak versus Kurumi Nara
- Eva Fernandez-Brugues versus Monique Adamczak
- Ksenia Lykina versus (19) Monica Niculescu
- (3) Edina Gallovitsversus Romina Oprandi
- Shannon Golds versus Oksana Kalashnikova
- Kristina Kucova versus Julia Cohen
- Ekaterina Ivanova versus (21) Nina Bratchikova
- (4) Aranxta Rusversus (WC) Yulia Fedossova
- Lourdes Dominguez Lino versus Catalina Castano
- Olga Savchuk versus Sophie Ferguson
- Lesya Tsurenko versus (17) Lilia Osterloh
- (5) Zuzana Kucova versus Margalita Chakhnashvili
- Anastasiya Yakimova versus Corinna Dentoni
- Beatriz Garcia Vidagany versus Naomi Cavaday
- Yi-Miao Zhou versus (16) Shuai Zhang
- (6) Bojana Jovanovski versus Maria Irigoyen
- Anastasia Pivovarova versus (WC) Claire De Gubernatis
- Marta Domachowska versus Caroline Garcia
- Laura Pous Tio versus (18) Michaella Krajicek
- (7) Ksenia Pervakversus Elena Chalova
- Ryoko Fuda versus Andrea Hlavackova
- Margit Ruutel versus (WC) Stephanie Vongsouthi
- Anna Floris versus (13) Evgeniya Rodina
- (8) Michelle Larcher de Britoversus Olivia Rogowska
- Mandy Minella versus Misaki Doi
- Arina Rodionova versus Alexandra Panova
- Vitalia Diatchenko versus (15) Patricia Mayr
- (9) Simona Halepversus Darya Kustova
- Eleni Daniilidou versus Madison Brengle
- Elena Bovina versus Irena Pavlovic
- Ajla Tomljanovic versus (14) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
- (10) Kaia Kanepi versus Ekaterina Dzehalevich
- (WC) Estelle Guisard versus Zarina Diyas
- Alison Riske versus Anna Tatishvili
- Alexa Glatch versus (24) Vesna Manasieva
- (11) Valerie Tetreault versus Nuria Llagostera Vives
- (WC) Anais Laurendon versus Tomoko Yonemura
- Julia Schruff versus Iryna Kuryanovich
- Galina Voskoboeva versus (22) Kathrin Woerle
- (12) Masa Zec Peskiric versus (WC) Nathalie Piquion
- Zuzana Ondraskova versus Eva Hrdinova
- Silvia Soler Espinosa versus Katalin Morosi
- Lindsay-Lee Waters versus (20) Chanelle Scheepers
Pictured above is 21 year old Dominika Cibulkova firing her racquet to the ball for this forehand drive. Cibulkova achieved her best result in a GrandSlam singles event by making the semi finals of Roland Garros in 2009.
The 1.61m Slovakian will be looking for a strong showing again this year. At No.27 with 2005 ranking points almost half her total points will be replaced by whatever she earns at Roland Garros this year. An early exit would see Cibulkova drop to No.60.
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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