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In this post we will cover the remaining biggest and most prestigious tournaments of 2010 in women’s tennis. Events 1 to 6 were covered in part 1 of this series, click here for part 1-> What’s Next on the 2010 Women’s Tour?).
The following tournament details apply to the 7th to 14th major tournaments on the 2010 WTA Tour calendar. This list is in date order and the starting date is the first day of qualifying for each event.
- The Australian Open
- Indian Wells
- Roland Garros
- The US Open
- Sony Ericsson Championships
Roland Garros is the 2nd of 4 Grand Slams in 2010
Roland Garros is often called the French Open and it is held in Paris, France at Stade Roland Garros. The centre court is called Court Philippe Chartrier. The singles main draw had 128 players in it will be played on clay courts. When: May 18 to June 6.
Wimbledon is the 3rd of 4 Grand Slams in 2010
Wimbledon is often called The Championships and it is held in Wimbledon, Great Britain at the All England Club. The centre court is simply called The Centre Court. The singles main draw had 128 players in it will be played on natural grass courts. When: June 14 to July 4.
Cincinnati is the 3rd of 5 WTA Premier FIVE tournaments in 2010. Where: Cincinnati in the USA. This year this event is called the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open and is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and it will be played on hard courts. When: August 9 to 15.
Montreal is the 4th of 5 WTA Premier FIVE tournaments. Where: Montreal in Canada. This year this event is called the Rogers Cup and is held at the Uniprix Stadium. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and it will be played on hard courts. When: August 16 to 22.
The US Open is the last of the 4 Grand Slams in 2010
The US Open is often called The Open and is held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City, USA at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The centre court is called Arthur Ashe Stadium. The singles main draw had 128 players in it will be played on hard courts. When: August 24 to September 12.
Tokyo is the 5th and final Premier FIVE tournament in 2010. Where: Tokyo in Japan. This year this event is called the Toray Pan Pacific Open and is held at the Ariake Colosseum, Ariake Tennis Forest Park. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and it will be played on hard courts. When: September 26 to October 2.
Beijing is the 4th and final WTA Premier Mandatory tournament. Where: Beijing in China. This year this event is called the China Open and is held at the National Tennis Center. The singles main draw will have 60 players in it and it will be played on hard courts. When: October 2 to 10.
Sony Ericsson Championships, which are the season ending championship play-offs for the WTA Tour in 2010.
Where: Doha, Qatar in the United Arab Emirates. This event is the end of year championships for the WTA Tour and only 8 players can qualify to participate in the Round Robin event, which then has semi finals and a final. This event is held at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex and it will be played on hard courts. When: October 26 to 31.
Pictured above is Dinara Safina playing displaying great positioning for the contact point on her forehand ground stroke. Safina has had trouble with her back since late 2009 and pulled out in the 4th round of the 2010 Australian Open and has withdrawn from Dubai.
The 23 year old is approaching a critical time in her career because she earned a lot of points during the 2009 clay court season. Those clay court points are keeping her ranked at No.2 in women’s tennis. Safina only won 5 matches in the 5 months from mid-August 20o9.
In 2009 the Russian made the final at Stuttgart earning 320 WTA ranking points, won Rome and Madrid (800+1,000 points) and was runner-up at the French Open (1,400). The former World No.1 collected 3,520 points in the clay court season out of her 12 month ranking points total of 6,480.
This year Safina will be attempting to reach her 3rd successive French Open final in an attempt to achieve one of her main career goals – to win her first Grand Slam singles title. At this point she is not inspiring much belief that she will do anything other than fall out of the Top 5.
Each tournament seeks sponsors, especially title sponsors who buy the naming rights of the tournament. This means that the name of each tournament can and does change. To make it easier to follow, we will often use a term for each tournament that allows you to identify that particular tournament regardless of whether these tournaments change their names.
For the 14 major tournaments listed above, the terms we use are:
- Australian Open
- Dubai Open
- Indian Wells Open
- Miami Open
- Rome Open
- Madrid Open
- Roland Garros
- Cincinnati Open
- Canadian Open
- US Open
- Japan Open
- China Open
- WTA Tour Finals
For further information about these tournaments and how the women’s tennis tour works, read these links on this tennis website -> Understanding the Women’s Pro Tour #1 and Understanding the Women’s Pro Tour #2.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Juan Carlos Ferrero. Ferrero was born on this day in 1980. The Spaniard has won 1 Grand Slam singles title to date and that was the 2003 French Open. He first achieved his highest career ranking of World No.1 on 8 September 2003.
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