The 2012 Roland Garros tennis championships are the 2nd Grand Slam singles tournament and the 9th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14” tournaments for the women’s professional tennis tour each year. Roland Garros is also commonly known as the French Open and is held in Paris, France. In this post how the WTA ranking points, prize money are allocated and what the schedule of play is so YOU can follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.
The total financial commitment for the 2012 Roland Garros tournament is 18,718,000 Euros (€), which is 1,198,000 more than in 2011. The total prize money for the women’s events is € 6,555,000, which is 523,000 more than in 2011.
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The women’s event begins on Tuesday 22 May with the qualifying singles draw and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday 9 June. Roland Garros is the 3rd and final prestigious MAJOR clay court tournament each year. The centre court at Roland Garros is called Court Philippe Chatrier and seats 14,840 spectators. The French Championships were first held in 1891 and have been played at the current venue (Stade Roland Garros), since 1928.
The 2011 Roland Garros Women’s singles champion LI Na is pictured above at the 2011 Australian Open JUST after making contact with the ball for this double-handed backhand ground stroke. The 1.72m Li of China became the very first Asian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the history of tennis.
The 29-year-old right-hander defeated 2011 Wimbledon champion in the last 16, current World No.3 Victoria Azarenka in the quarter finals and triple Grand Slam singles champion Maria Sharapova to reach the final. The current World No.5 won 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) against defending Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone in the final. Subsequently, Li achieved her career-high singles ranking to date by moving to No.4 on 6 June 2011 to equal the record highest ranking by an Asian woman with Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Li has made the quarter finals or better in all four Grand Slam singles events since the 2009 US Open, including being the runner-up at this year’s Australian Open. Li has a great opportunity to qualify for the WTA Tour Finals for the very first time and a very real possibility of finishing the best year of her career ranked World No.1, No.2 or No.3.
The WTA ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + € 1,250,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,400 points + € 625,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 900 points + € 310,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 500 points + € 155,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 280 points + € 80,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 160 points + € 47,ooo;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 100 points + € 28,000;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 5 points + € 18,000.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day and any changes, plus the FULL order of play for every day of the tournament will be provided here-> Roland Garros 2012 Order of Play.
The schedule of play for the 2012 women’s singles event at Roland Garros is:
- Tuesday 22 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
- Wednesday 23 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
- Thursday 24 May: Qualifying 2nd round from 11am;
- Friday 25 May: Qualifying 3rd round from 11am;
- Sunday 27 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Monday 28 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Tuesday 29 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Wednesday 30 May: 2nd round from 11am;
- Thursday 31 May: 2nd round from 11am;
- Friday 1 June: 3rd round from 11am;
- Saturday 2 June: 3rd round from 11am;
- Sunday 3 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
- Monday 4 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
- Tuesday 5 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
- Wednesday 6 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
- Thursday 7 June: Semi Finals from 2pm; and
- Saturday 9 June: The Women’s Singles Final at 3:00pm.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
For further details about the different rankings points allocations for different situations for 1st round losers and for players who gain entry into the main draw from the qualifying event you will be able to click here once the following post is completed-> Roland Garros 2012 Women’s Qualifying Singles Draw.
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