US Open 2010 Women’s 1st Round

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The 2010 US Open women’s main draw singles matches will begin this Monday 30 August at 11am local time in New York in the USA, which means 11pm Hong Kong time. There are 128 main draw spots divided up between 16 Qualifiers (Q), 8 Wild Cards (WC) and 104 Direct Acceptances.

The US Open, which is known as The Open is the 4th and final Grand Slam tournament of the year. The Open is the 2nd Grand Slam of the year that is played on hard courts and the only one that plays a final set tie-break to decide the match.

Pictured above is 2010 Australian Open singles champion Serena Williams just after making contact with the ball for this serve.  The 28 year old 1.75m American made the semi finals of the 2009 US Open before being defaulted after an outburst by the World No.1 about being foot faulted against eventual champion Kim Clijsters. This year Serena is still injured and is unable to compete at the US Open, which means her No.1 ranking can be taken by 20 year old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

Since Wimbledon 2001 the Grand Slam tournaments have seeded the Top 32 ranked players in the singles events to meet in the 3rd round. Prior to that there were only 16 seeds in the Grand Slams, which used to ensure that the seeded players did not player each other until the round of 16.

The seeded players do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of a Grand Slam event. To win the title a player must win 7 best of 3 set matches in a row. For further details about the women’s event you can visit -> US Open 2010 Women’s Schedule of Play and US Open 2010 Women’s Singles Draw.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) chose to give 6 of the 8 wild cards to Americans; Chelsea Gullickson, Beatrice Capra, Jamie Hampton, Shelby Rogers, Coco Vandeweghe and Christina McHale and of these 6 Americans only McHale received a wild card last year as well as this year.

The final 2 Wild Cards are used in a reciprocal arrangement with 2 other Grand Slam tournaments Roland Garros and the Australian Open. Therefore, Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation are able to choose 1 Wild Card entrant each into the US Open. The French chose native Virginie Razzano and the Australians chose Aussie Sophie Ferguson. This arrangement gives the USTA a Main Draw Wild Card at these 2 events in return.

Being seeded means that you the earliest round in the event that you can meet another seeded player is 3rd round in which only 32 players remain. The bottom half of both the men’s and women’s draws will be played on Day 1 of the main draw singles events. The player’s name that is bolded in the 1st round singles draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match.

The 2010 US Open women’s singles draw for the 1st round is:

  1. (1) Caroline Wozniacki v. (WC) Chelsea Gullickson
  2. Chang Kai-Chen v. Carla Suarez Navarro
  3. Anne Keothavong v. Chan Yung-Jan
  4. (Q) Tamira Paszek v. (26) Lucie Safarova
  5. (18) Aravane Rezai v. Magdalena Rybarikova
  6. (WC) Beatrice Capra v. Karolina Sprem
  7. (Q) Nuria Llagostera Vives v. Iveta Benesova
  8. Jarmila Groth v. (14) Maria Sharapova
  9. (11) Svetlana Kuznetsova v. Kimiko Date Krumm
  10. Regina Kulikova v. Anastasija Sevastova
  11. Yvonne Meusburger v. Jill Craybas
  12. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova v. (23) Maria Kirilenko
  13. (30) Yaroslava Shvedova v. (Q) Lourdes Dominguez Lino
  14. Anna Chakvetadze v. Urszula Radwanska
  15. Dominika Cibulkova v. Stefanie Voegele
  16. Katernya Bondarenko v. (8) Li Na
  17. (4) Jelena Jankovic v. Simona Halep
  18. Alicia Molik v. (Q) Mirjana Lucic
  19. Chanelle Scheepers v. (Q) Akgul Amanmuradova
  20. Alize Cornet v. (31) Kaia Kanepi
  21. (22) Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez v. (WC) Jamie Hampton
  22. Kirsten Flipkens v. Patty Schnyder
  23. Romina Oprandi v. Julia Goerges
  24. Alla Kudryavtseva v. (15) Yanina Wickmayer
  25. (9) Agnieszka Radwanska v. Aranxta Parra Santonja
  26. Peng Shuai v. (WC) Shelby Rogers
  27. Bethanie Mattek-Sands v. Anabel Medina Garrigues
  28. Andrea Petkovic v. (17) Nadia Petrova
  29. (25) Alexandra Dulgheru v. Julie Coin
  30. Sofia Arvidsson v. Sorana Cirstea
  31. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe v. Sabine Lisicki
  32. (Q) Zuzana Kucova v. (7) Vera Zvonareva
  33. (6) Francesca Schiavone v. Ayumi Morita
  34. (Q) Maria Elena Camerin v. (WC) Sophie Ferguson
  35. Melanie Oudin v. (Q) Olga Savchuk
  36. Vera Dushevina v. (29) Alona Bondarenko
  37. (20) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v. Kristina Barrois
  38. (Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito v. (Q) Sania Mirza
  39. Gisela Dulko v. Angelique Kerber
  40. (Q) Monica Niculescu v. (10) Victoria Azarenka
  41. (16) Shahar Peer v. Jelena Kostanic Tosic
  42. Pauline Parmentier v. Alberta Brianti
  43. Agnes Szavay v. Sandra Zahlavova
  44. (Q) Irina Falconi v. (19) Flavia Pennetta
  45. (32) Tsvetana Pironkova v. Renata Voracova
  46. Polona Hercog v. (Q) Mandy Minella
  47. (Q) Rebecca Marino v. Ksenia Pervak
  48. Roberta Vinci v. (3) Venus Williams
  49. (5) Samantha Stosur v. Elena Vesnina
  50. Bojana Jovanovski v. Anastasia Rodionova
  51. Sara Errani v. Tathiana Garbin
  52. Johanna Larsson v. (28) Alisa Kleybanova
  53. (24) Daniela Hantuchova v. Dinara Safina
  54. Vania King v. (WC) Christina McHale
  55. (Q) Zuzana Ondraskova v. Sybille Bammer
  56. Olga Govortsova v. (12) Elena Dementieva
  57. (13) Marion Bartoli v. Edina Gallovits
  58. (WC) Virgine Razzano v. Klara Zakopalova
  59. Ana Ivanovic v. Ekaterina Makarova
  60. Timea Bacsinszky v. (21) Zheng Jie
  61. (27) Petra Kvitova v. Lucie Hradecka
  62. Elena Baltacha v. Petra Martic
  63. (Q) Sally Peers v. Aleksandra Wozniak
  64. Greta Arn v. (2) Kim Clijsters

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