The 2010 US Open women’s qualifying singles event begins on Tuesday 24 August at 11am local time in New York. The qualifying event will be completed on Friday 27 August. 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 128 spots in the qualifying draw of which 8 were wild cards and 120 direct acceptances. 1 in every 4 of those spots is a seeded player. There are 32 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 32 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 and earns a minimum of 19,000 US Dollars. At the US Open there are 16 spots in the main draw of the women’s singles event allocated for qualifiers which is the same as in the men’s qualifying draw.
There are 16 American women in the qualifying draw including 3 seeds and 5 direct acceptances who are: World No.166 Julia Cohen, No.108 and 5th seed Varvara Lepchenko, No.114 and 7th seed Shenay Perry, No.170 Madison Brengle, No.139 and 28th seed Lilia Osterloh and No.221 Lauren Albanese, No.235 Lindsay Lee-Waters and No.156 Alison Riske.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) awarded 8 wild cards into the women’s qualifying singles event with all 8 going to the American women in a strong show of support for local players by the USTA, they are: No.377 Julia Boserup, No.438 Nicole Gibbs, No.385 Irina Falconi, No.632 Krista Hardebeck, No.656 Madison Keys, No.449 Alexandra Mueller, No.280 Sloane Stephens and No.368 Alexa Glatch.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $3,000 and 2 WTA ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $5,625 and 40 points. The players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying earn $8,000 and 50 points.
The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 60 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, only earn 5 points. Wild Card entrants who lose 1st round also receive 5 points. Both 2nd round and 3rd round losers in the qualifying receive more ranking points than a player who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses her 1st round match. Do you think that is a fair way to allocate points?
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 16 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. The whole 32 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 32 seeds are bolded in the draw below.
Pictured above is American Melanie Oudin reaching for the stars with this serve. The 18 year old made the quarter finals at the 2009 US Open as a 17 year old by upsetting a trio of Top seeded Russians, Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova and Maria Sharapova before being defeated by eventual runner-up Caroline Wozniacki. The 1.68m Oudin is the current World No.44 and will be looking for another great US Open with the power of home crowd support to boost her along the way.
The draw for the 2010 US Open women’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Akgul Amanmuradova versus Dia Evtimova
- Eva Fernandez-Brugues v. Ryoko Fuda
- Severine Beltrame v. Nathalie Piquion
- Valerie Tetreault v. (26) Laura Pous Tio
- (2) Jelena Dokic v. Laura Robson
- Kristina Kucova v. Vesna Manasieva
- Yuliana Fedak v. Mathilde Johansson
- Ekaterina Ivanova v. (17) Nuria Llagostera Vives
- (3) Monica Niculescu v. Nikola Hofmanova
- Vitalia Diatchenko v. Eleni Danilidou
- Tomoko Yonemura v. Elena Chalova
- Florencia Molinera v. (22) Anna Floris
- (4) Zhang Shuai v. Ioana Raluca Olaru
- Ekaterina Dzehalevich v. Mirjana Lucic
- Julia Cohen v. Naomi Cavaday
- Kathrin Woerle v. (29) Sesil Karatantcheva
- (5) Varvara Lepchenko v. Claire Feuerstein
- Junri Namigata v. Ana Vrljic
- Sally Peers v. Olivia Rogowska
- Corinna Dentoni v. (27) Masa Zec Peskiric
- (6) Evgeniya Rodina v. Marta Domachowska
- Heidi El Tabakh v. Lee Jin-A
- Kim So-Jung v. Aniko Kapros
- Tamira Paszek v. (24) Michaella Krajicek
- (7) Shenay Perry v. Mandy Minella
- Madison Brengle v. Claire De Gubernatis
- Arina Rodionova v. Ani Mijacika
- Stephanie Cohen-Aloro v. (28) Lilia Osterloh
- (8) Andrea Hlavackova v. (WC) Julia Boserup
- Lourdes Dominguez Lino v. Heather Watson
- Lauren Albanese v. (ALT) Kristyna Pliskova
- Maria Fernanda Alvarez Teran v. (18) Aranxta Rus
- (9) Mariana Duque Marino v. Sharon Fichman
- (WC) Nicole Gibbs v. Eirini Georgatou
- Rebecca Marino v. Liana Ungur
- Laura Thorpe v. (32) Nina Bratchikova
- (10) Anastasia Pivovarova v. Darya Kustova
- (WC) Irina Falconi v. Mona Barthel
- Lindsay Lee-Waters v. Silvia Soler Espinosa
- Zhang Ling v. (25) Stephanie Dubois
- (11) Patricia Mayr v. Camila Giorgi
- (WC) Krista Hardebeck v. Yurika Sema
- Ajla Tomljanovic v. Eva Birnerova
- (WC) Madison Keys v. (21) Maria Elena Camerin
- (12) Zuzana Kucova v. Alison Riske
- Petra Cetkovska v. Cagla Buyukakcay
- Tetiana Luzhanska v. Oksana Kalashnikova
- (ALT) Anne Kremer v. (31) Ekaterina Bychkova
- (13) Zuzana Ondraskova v. (WC) Alexandra Mueller
- (WC) Sloane Stephens v. Anais Laurendon
- Irena Pavlovic v. Anna Tatishvili
- Rika Fujiwara v. (30) Anna-Lena Groenefeld
- (14) Rossana De Los Rios v. Valeria Savinykh
- Olga Savchuk v. (WC) Alexa Glatch
- Misaki Doi v. Stephanie Foretz Gacon
- Lesya Tsurenko v. (19) Katie O’Brien
- (15) Tatjana Malek v. Elena Bovina
- Sania Mirza v. Ksenia Lykina
- Han Xinyun v. Julia Schruff
- Catalina Castano v. (20) Olivia Sanchez
- (16) Anastasiya Yakimova v. Irnya Kuryanovich
- Michelle Larcher de Brito v. Karolina Pliskova
- Sarah Gronert v. Jelena Pandzic
- Margalita Chakhnashvili v. (23) Alexandra Panova
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