The 2010 Wimbledon Ladies qualifying singles event begins today, Tuesday 15 June at 11am local time in London. The qualifying event will be completed on Thursday 17 June. 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 96 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 24 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 24 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. At Wimbledon there are 12 spots in the main draw of the Ladies singles event allocated for qualifiers.
The Ladies qualifying starts a day later than the men’s as there are 32 players less in the draw. On day 2 of qualifying the 2nd half of the 1st round for the men is played (96 men remain) and the entire 1st round for the ladies is played.
There are 7 British women in the qualifying draw, they are: Emily Webley-Smith World No.443, Lucy Brown No Ranking, Anna Smith No.265, Naomi Broady No.282, Jocelyn Rae No.494, Lisa Whybourn No.410 and Naomi Cavaday. Only Cavaday had a ranking high enough (No.174), to earn direct entry into the qualifying event.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) awarded 8 wild cards into the Ladies qualifying singles event with 6 going to the British women mentioned above plus the remaining 2 wild cards given to Marina Erakovic of New Zealand and Tamira Paszek of Austria.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn 1,750 pounds (£) and 2 WTA ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn £3,000 and 40 points. The players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying earn £7,000 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 12 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 24 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 24 seeds are bolded in the draw below.
Pictured above is Elena Dementieva on the move. The 28 year old Russian made the semi finals at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships before narrowly missing a spot in her 1st Wimbledon final by losing 8-6 in the final set against Serena Willimas.
The 1.8m Dementieva has made the semi finals for the past 2 years prior to this year and made the semi finals at Roland Garros before having to retire with a calf injury. Hopefully, the 2008 Olympic singles gold medallist is fully fit for another run at Wimbledon by the time she is scheduled to play in 1 week’s time.
The draw for the 2010 Wimbledon Ladies qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Kaia Kanepi versus Olga Savchuk
- Elena Bovina versus Mandy Minella
- Arina Rodionova versus Ekaterina Dzehalevich
- Ajla Tomljanovic versus (24) Kristina Kucova
- (2) Joahanna Larsson versus Sesil Karatantcheva
- Nuria Llagostera Vives versus Darya Kustova
- Xinyun Han versus Julia Schruff
- Lauren Albanese versus (15) Vesna Manasieva
- (3) Ksenia Pervak versus Alexandra Panova
- Romina Oprandi versus Aniko Kapros
- Ekaterina Ivanova versus Katalin Marosi
- Shannon Golds versus (23) Stephanie Cohen-Aloro
- (4) Bethanie Mattek-Sands versus Irnya Kuryanovich
- Nina Bratchikova versus Elena Chalova
- Julie Ditty versus Margalita Chakhnashvili
- Melanie Klaffner versus (21) Jelena Dokic
- (5) Zhang Shuai versus Anna Tatishvili
- Julia Cohen versus Severine Beltrame
- (WC) Emily Webley-Smith versus (WC) Marina Erakovic
- (WC) Lucy Brown versus (17) Shenay Perry
- (6) Simona Halep versus Yulia Fedossova
- Anastasiya Yakimova versus Rebecca Marino
- Misaki Doi versus Ivana Lisjak
- Corinna Dentoni versus (18) Lilia Osterloh
- (7) Evgeniya Rodina versus Laura Pous Tio
- Beatriz Garcia Vidagany versus Olivia Sanchez
- Ksenia Palkina versus Madison Brengle
- Irina Buryachok versus (20) Greta Arn
- (8) Patricia Mayr versus Eva Birnerova
- Mirjana Lucic versus (WC) Anna Smith
- Zuzana Ondraskova versus Rika Fujiwara
- Neuza Silva versus (13) Michaella Krajicek
- (9) Sophie Ferguson versus Kurumi Nara
- (WC) Tamira Paszek versus Irena Begu
- Nikola Hofmanova versus (WC) Naomi Broady
- Eloisa Compostizo De Andr versus (14) Stephanie Dubois
- (10) Ekaterina Bychkova versus Olivia Rogowska
- Junri Namigata versus Karolina Pliskova
- (WC) Jocelyn Rae versus Monica Niculescu
- Vitalia Diatchenko versus (19) Kathrin Woerle
- (11) Maria Elena Camerin (Alternate) Mona Barthel versus Anna Floris
- (WC) Lisa Whybourn versus Sally Peers
- Naomi Cavaday versus Lesya Tsurenko
- Oksana Kalashnikova versus (22) Andrea Hlavackova
- (12) Masa Zec Peskiric versus Catalina Castano
- Eleni Danilidou versus Heidi El Tabakh
- Maria Irigoyen versus Zhou Yi-Miao
- Silvia Soler Espinosa versus (16) Anastasia Pivovarova
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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