The 2012 Wimbledon women’s qualifying singles event begins on Tuesday 19 June at 11am local time in Roehampton in the UK. In this post the full women’s qualifying singles draw will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the qualifying, including how this draw works and how the WTA ranking points are allocated.
There are 96 players in the qualifying draw divided up between 8 Wild Cards (WC) and 88 Direct Acceptances vying for 12 spots in the singles main draw. There are 24 seeds in the qualifying draw that have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify, so only meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 12 players qualify for the main singles draw.
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As soon as the qualifying draw is announced OnCourt Advantage will post the full qualifying singles draw here-> The 2012 Wimbledon Women’s Qualifying Singles Draw: 1st Round.
The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2012 Wimbledon qualifying singles draw was 14 May 2012, which means players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on that day. To determine whom the 24 seeds are in the qualifying event, the rankings released on Monday 11 June 2012 will be used to identify the seeds (and not the rankings on the cut-off date).
A seeded player occupies one of every four spots in the qualifying draw. 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 women’s qualifying draw has 96 spots as compared to the men’s qualifying that has 128 spots, which is why there are 24 women’s seeds as opposed to 32 men’s seeds. There are less women’s qualifying matches to be played, which is why the women’s qualifying begins a day later. So it follows that there are less spots allocated to qualifiers in the women’s singles event i.e. 12 as compared to the 16 spots for qualifiers in the men’s main draw.
All players must win three matches in a row in order to qualify. The qualifying matches are best-of-3 sets just like they are for the main draw singles matches. The first two sets are tiebreak sets and the final set is an advantage set. In an advantage set, if the set score is tied at six games all the players continue to play until one player gains a two game advantage.
Each player that qualifies for the singles main draw earns 60 WTA ranking points and a minimum of £14,500. A player, who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance or a wild card recipient, only receives 5 ranking points if she loses her 1st round match.
The players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive £2,125 and 2 WTA ranking points. Players that win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated; earn £4,250 and 40 WTA ranking points. Players who win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn £8,500 and 50 WTA ranking points.
The qualifiers have the opportunity to really improve their ranking because the Grand Slam tournaments offer the most ranking points and in many ways it is better to compete in the qualifying than to be given a wild card into the main draw.
A qualifier earns the ranking points that are awarded for the round she makes it through to, plus her 60 points she earned for qualifying throughout the tournament from the 2nd round onwards. For example, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 100 points for making the 2nd round plus 60 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 160 ranking points in total.
If a direct acceptance withdraws from the event, then a “Lucky Loser” i.e. a player who loses in the final round of qualifying will be awarded a place in the singles main draw. A Lucky Loser is a player who lost in the final round of qualifying and is selected to replace a main draw player in order of the highest ranking merit compared to other losers in the final round of qualifying. A Lucky Loser who loses in the 2nd round of the main draw earns 50 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round from the 2nd round onwards e.g. a 2nd round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 50 plus 100, for a total of 150.
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