The 2011 Wimbledon Ladies qualifying singles event begins today, Tuesday 14 June at 11am local time in London. The qualifying event will be completed on Thursday 16 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 9 were wild cards and 87 direct acceptances. One in every four 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.
Seven British women are in the 2011 Wimbledon qualifying draw after being awarded a wild card by the Lawn Tennis Association. Samantha MURRAY, Tara MOORE, Francesca STEPHENSON, Melanie SOUTH, Laura THORPE, Anna FITZPATRICK and Jade WINDLEY join Australian Casey DELLACQUA and Kristyna PLISKOVA from the Czech Republic as the 9 wild card recipients this year.
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 qualifying singles draw 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 Petra Kvitova in the 2011 Australian Open quarter finals preparing to play her double-handed backhand. The 21-year-old Kvitova from the Czech Republic made the semi finals at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships before being defeated by eventual champion Serena Williams.
The 1.83m Kvitova has made great strides over the past year after recording her best Grand Slam singles result to date at Wimbledon last year. The left-hander is the current World No.8 and has won 4 WTA career singles titles to date, including two of them this year in Brisbane and at the Paris Indoors. Kvitova is the youngest player in the Top 10 besides Caroline Wozniacki and may just beat the World No.1 in the race for a first Grand Slam singles title.
The draw for the 2011 Wimbledon Ladies qualifying singles event is:
- Nuria LLAGOSTERA VIVES (1) v Tatjana MALEK
- Zuzana KUCOVA v Julia COHEN
- Noppawan LERTCHEEWAKARN v Kumiko IIJIMA
- Elitsa KOSTOVA v (19) CHANG Kai-Chen
- CHAN Yung-Jan (2) v Marina ERAKOVIC
- Masa ZEC-PESKIRIC v Sophie FERGUSON
- Erika SEMA v Ana VRLJIC
- Yuliya BEYGELZIMER v (20) Silvia SOLER-ESPINOSA
- Arantxa RUS (3) v Olivia SANCHEZ
- Alexandra PANOVA v Lindsay LEE-WATERS
- Samantha MURRAY (WC) v Camila GIORGI
- Tara MOORE (WC) v (16) Yvonne MEUSBURGER
- Irina FALCONI (4) v Anna-Lena GROENEFELD
- Elena BOGDAN v LU Jing-Jing
- Sacha JONES v Olga SAVCHUK
- Kristina KUCOVA v (13) Junri NAMIGATA
- Tamarine TANASUGARN (5) v Cagla BUYUKAKCAY
- Ajla TOMLJANOVIC v Regina KULIKOVA
- Mariya KORYTTSEVA v Olivia ROGOWSKA
- Eirini GEORGATOU v (14) Stephanie FORETZ GACON
- Edina GALLOVITS-HALL (6) v Florencia Andre MOLINERO
- Lenka WIENEROVA v Tetiana LUZHANSKA
- Lara ARRUABARRENA-VECIN v Beatriz GARCIA VIDAGANY
- Francesca STEPHENSON (WC) v (15) Lesia TSURENKO
- Maria Elena CAMERIN (7) v Aleksandra KRUNIC
- Vitalia DIATCHENKO v Julia GLUSHKO
- Casey DELLACQUA (WC) v Heidi EL TABAKH
- Anna FITZPATRICK (WC) v (23) Stephanie DUBOIS
- Carla SUAREZ NAVARRO (8) v Stefanie VOEGELE
- Ekaterina IVANOVA v HAN Xinyun
- Melanie SOUTH (WC) v Liana UNGUR
- Madison BRENGLE v (17) Misaki Doi
- Eva BIRNEROVA (9) v Anne KREMER
- Laura THORPE v (WC) Kristyna PLISKOVA
- Arina RODIONOVA v Sesil KARATANTCHEVA
- Lenka JURIKOVA v (18) Kurumi NARA
- Iryna BREMOND (10) v Anna FLORIS
- Estrella CABEZA CANDELA v Corinna DENTONI
- Alexandra CADANTU v Mona BARTHEL
- Michaella KRAJICEK v (24) Valeria SAVINYKH
- Renata VORACOVA (11) v Alexa GLATCH
- Sally PEERS v Caroline GARCIA
- Magda LINETTE v Galina VOSKOBOEVA
- Nathalie Agnes PIQUION v (22) Mandy MINELLA
- Sloane STEPHENS (12) v (WC) Jade WINDLEY
- Ioana Raluca OLARU v Nina BRATCHIKOVA
- Kathrin WOERLE v Maria IRIGOYEN
- Aleksandra WOZNIAK v (21) Urszula RADWANSKA
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