The 2010 Wimbledon Ladies qualifying singles event is now complete. The qualifying began on Tuesday 15 June with 96 players battling for the 12 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.
To qualify you must win 3 matches in a row and each match is best out of 3 sets with the final set being an advantage set, i.e. you must win by at least 2 games. Of the 24 seeds in the qualifying 15 of them were defeated in the 1st two rounds of qualifying, leaving only 9 seeds amongst the 24 players 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.
Once a player qualifies she earns 60 WTA ranking points for qualifying even if she loses in the 1st round of the main draw. Throughout the tournament the qualifiers keep their 25 points and add it on to the points they receive for whichever round they make it to. For example, a 2nd round loss earns a qualifier 70 points, 45 like everyone else plus their 25. A 3rd round loss earns a qualifier 115 points, whereas everyone else would earn 90 points.
All 7 British women in the qualifying draw were defeated in the 1st two rounds of qualifying except for World No.410 Lisa Whybourn. Whybourn did not get past her last obstacle to qualify but will be rewarded with 50 WTA ranking points, which when added to her current tally of 83 points should see the 19 year old move up to No.325. All 12 players who lost in the 3rd of qualifying earn 50 WTA ranking points.
Whybourn’s career best ranking to date is No.410 so she will eclipse that when the next rankings are released on 5 July 2010. Whybourn will take away pride and experience from her efforts in her 1st Grand Slam event. She also played 2 Wimbledon qualifying events in the ITF juniors in 2008 & in 2009. Whybourn peaked on the ITF Junior Rankings at World No.177 just after her 17th birthday, just over 2 years ago.
Pictured above is 21 year old Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland hitting an off-balance two handed backhand on the run. The 1.72m Radwanska has made the quarter finals for the past two years at Wimbledon. Currently at her career high World ranking of No.8, Radwanska lost to Venus in 2009 and Serena in 2008 at Wimbledon and won the Junior singles title in 2005 proving her short back swings, simplified strokes, willingness to go the net and good court movement are well suited to the grass courts.
Radwanska is versatile in the way she plays points so it is not surprising that she also won Junior Roland Garros singles title in 2006 and was ranked No.1 on the ITF Junior Tour. Radwanska has also made one other singles quarter final in a Grand Slam singles event, the 2008 Australian Open. This year she is the No.7 seed instead of No.8, now that Elena Dementieva withdrew due to injury. She is drawn to meet Serena in the quarter finals. Can Radwanska progress to the semi finals or beyond at Wimbledon this year?
Those players names that are bolded in the list below are the 12 players who have qualified for the Ladies singles main draw. The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying was No.13 seed Michaella Krajcek which means she would be the 1st player to take a spot in the main draw as a Lucky Loser if any player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE playing her 1st round match. The next 3 ladies in line are the No.14, No.15 and No.16 seeds (Dubois, Manasieva & Pivovarova), who all lost at the last hurdle.
The results in the 3rd round and final round of the 2010 Wimbledon Ladies qualifying singles event are:
- (1) Kaia Kanepi d. Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1 6-2
- Nuria Llagostera Vives d. (15) Vesna Manasieva 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
- Romina Oprandi d. Ekaterina Ivanova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
- (4) Bethanie Mattek-Sands d. Julie Ditty 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
- (17) Shenay Perry d. Severine Beltrame 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
- Anastasiya Yakimova d. Misaki Doi 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
- (20) Greta Arn d. Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
- Mirjana Lucic d. (13) Michaella Krajicek 6-3 6-2
- Kurumi Nara d. (14) Stephanie Dubois 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
- Monica Niculescu d. Junri Namigata 6-3, 6-2
- (22) Andrea Hlavackova d. (WC) Lisa Whybourn 6-1 6-2
- Eleni Danilidou d. (16) Anastasia Pivovarova 6-0 6-0
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Wimbledon singles events. Click this link for more details including both of the Schedules of Play -> Wimbledon 2010: June 14-July 4.
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