US Open 2009 Women’s Qualifying

Women’s Singles Qualifying: The US Open qualifying tournament is a knock-out tournament just like the main draw of the Grand Slams that also has 32 seeds and 128 players in its draw.

16 spots in the main draw of the US Open are allocated to qualifiers. The qualifiers were those players who won 3 matches in a row in the qualifying tournament. Even if the qualifier then loses the 1st round match they win 19,000 US dollars in prize money.

The qualifying tournament, which is often called “qualies”, was scheduled to be played from Tuesday August 25 to Friday August 28. However, rain delayed the events. On Friday only five players had qualified from both the men’s and women’s draws.

On the following and 5th day, the remaining 27 players sealed their spots in the main draw. The 3rd round of qualifying is known as “The Qualifying Round” as the winners of this round qualify for the main event.

Last year in the US Open women’s singles event the best performed qualifier was German Anna-Lena Groenefeld who made it all the way through to the last 16 before going down to current World No.1  Dinara Safina.

This year 11 of the 32 seeded players in the qualies won through, whilst only 5 unseeded women qualified. The country that the player represents is in brackets next to her name.

The winners of “The Qualifying Round” were;

The Seeds: (5) Angelique Kerber (Germany), (12) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic), (16) Yvonne Meusburger (Austria), (18) Vesna Manasieva (Russia), (20) Mariya Koryttseva (Ukraine), (23) Camille Pin (France), (24) Shenay Perry (USA), (25) Carly Gullickson (USA), (29) Petra Martic (Croatia), (30) Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) and (32) Marta Domachowska (Poland).

Unseeded players: Kai-Chen Chang (Chinese Taipei), Yurika Sema (Japan), Monique Adamczak (Australia), Eva Hrdinova (Czech Republic) and Valerie Tetreault (Canada).

Pictured above is Venus Williams who is one of the most skilled players at the net in women’s tennis. The 29 year old demonstrates very good positioning and racquet preparation as she watches the incoming ball for this forehand volley.

The winner of 7 Grand Slam singles titles will need to move forward and close out her younger opponents at the net if she wants to improve her odds of success and reduce the stress on her 1.85m and aging frame.

How far will Venus go at the 2009 US Open? Which Qualifier or Wild Card will win the most singles match this year?

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further updates about the 2009 US Open singles events. Click this link to see an index of all 2009 US Open posts -> US Open 2009: Aug 25 – Sep 14.

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