The 2012 Wimbledon tennis event is the third Grand Slam singles tournament and the 8th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ tournaments for the women’s professional tennis tour each year. Wimbledon is also commonly known as “The Championships” and is held in the London suburb of Wimbledon in the United Kingdom. In this post how the WTA ranking points, prize money are allocated and what the schedule of play is so YOU can follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.
The total financial commitment for the 2012 Wimbledon tournament is £16,100,000 pounds sterling (£) which is up by 10% on 2011 (£14,600,000). The total prize money for the Women’s Singles event is £5,770,000 as compared to £5,230,00 in 2011. The Ladies Singles Champion will be awarded £ 1,150,000, which is an increase of £50,000 from 2011 figure.
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The women’s event begins on Tuesday 19 June with the qualifying singles draw and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday 7 July. The centre court is simply named Centre Court and underwent renovations to install a retractable roof in time the 2009 event and has a seating capacity of 15,000 spectators. The Wimbledon Championships were first held in 1877 and 2012 will be the 126th year that the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is staging this tournament.
The 2011 Wimbledon Women’s singles champion Petra KVITOVA is pictured above playing a forehand volley. The 1.82m left-hander defeated 3-time Grand Slam singles champion Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour and 25 minutes. Kvitova is from the Czech Republic and has won 3 other WTA singles titles in 2011, including the Madrid Open Premier Mandatory tournament.
The 21-year-old Kvitova achieved her career-high ranking to date of No.6 on August 15, 2011 which she seems sure to eclipse in the future. Kvitova will be looking for a big finish to the year at the Japan Open and China Open in Beijing to seal her place in the WTA Tour Finals for the first time. Kvitova has a rematch against Sharapova today in the Japan Open quarter finals and if she produces her best tennis over the next 5 weeks could even snare the World No.1 spot for 2011.
The WTA ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + £1,150,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,400 points + £575,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 900 points + £287,500;
- The four quarter finalists earn 500 points + £145,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 280 points + £75,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 160 points + £38,875;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 100 points + £23,125;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 5 points + £14,500.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The schedule of play for the
- Tuesday 19 June: Qualifying 1st round;
- Wednesday 20 June: Qualifying 2nd round;
- Thursday 21 June: Qualifying 3rd round;
- Monday 25 June: Main Draw 1st round at 12noon;
- Tuesday 26 June: Main Draw 1st round at 12 noon;
- Wednesday 27 June: 2nd round at 12 noon;
- Thursday 28 June: 2nd round at 12 noon;
- Friday 29 June: 3rd round at 12 noon;
- Saturday 30 June: 3rd round at 12 noon;
- Sunday 1 July: No play is scheduled at all;
- Monday 2 July: Round of 16 at 12 noon;
- Tuesday 3 July: Ladies Quarter Finals at 12 noon;
- Wednesday 4 July: No Ladies matches today;
- Thursday 5 July: Ladies Semi Finals from 2pm;
- Friday 6 July: No Ladies matches today; and
- Saturday 7 July: Ladies Singles Final at 2pm.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
For further details about the different rankings points allocations for different situations for 1st round losers and for players who gain entry into the main draw from the qualifying event you will be able to click here once the following post is completed-> Wimbledon 2012 Women’s Qualifying Singles Draw.
The matches each day are played in a day session starting at 12 noon on courts 2 to 19 for the first 8 days of play. Centre Court and Court No.1 commence everyday of the tournament at 1pm except for both the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals, which begin at 2pm. There are no night sessions.
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