The first of the biggest and most prestigious tournaments of 2010 is over, so what’s next in terms of major tournaments on the women’s WTA Tour?
The world’s best players in women’s tennis will all compete against each other in the 4 Grand Slams and another 9 major tournaments, which are called Premier Mandatory (of which there are 4) and Premier FIVE (as the name suggests there are 5 of these).
The women battle it out on the WTA Tour all year long to make their best effort to qualify for the Season Ending Championships. Only 8 players can qualify for the Sony Ericsson Championships where the chance to become the 2010 WTA Tour Champion (which is the player who ends the year ranked as the World No.1), will be at stake.
The following is a run down on what the 14 biggest tournaments are in 2010, where they will be played and when the top players will be there competing. This list is in date order and the starting date is the 1st day of qualifying for each event. In this post we will cover the first 6 tournaments.
- The Australian Open
- Indian Wells
- Roland Garros
- The US Open
- Sony Ericsson Championships
The Australian Open is the first of 4 Grand Slams in 2010
The Australian Open is in Melbourne, Australia, is held at Melbourne Park and is now being called The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific. The centre court is called the Rod Laver Arena. The singles main draw had 128 players in it and was played on hard courts. When it was held: January 13 to 31.
Dubai is the 1st of 5 WTA Premier FIVE tournaments in 2010. Where: Dubai, Qatar in the United Arab Emirates. This year this event is called Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and is held at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and will be played on hard court. When: February 12 to 20.
Indian Wells is the first of 4 WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments. Where: Indian Wells is in the USA. This year this event is called the BNP Paribas Open and is held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The singles main draw will have 96 players in it and will be played on hard courts. When: March 8 to 21.
Miami is the 2nd of 4 Premier Mandatory tournaments in 2010. Where: Miami is in the USA. This year this event is called the Sony Ericsson Open and is held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center. The singles main draw will have 96 players in it and will be played on hard courts. When: March 23 to April 4.
Rome is the 2nd of 5 Premier FIVE tournaments in 2010. Where: Rome is in Italy. This year this event is called the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and is held at the Foro Italico. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and it will be played on clay courts. When: May 2 to 8.
Madrid is the 3rd of 4 Premier Mandatory tournaments in 2010. Where: Madrid in Spain. This year this event is called the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open and is held at the new Magic Box Tennis Venue. The singles main draw will have 60 players in it and it will be played on clay courts. When: May 8 to 16.
Pictured above is Yanina Wickmayer shortly AFTER making contact with the ball with her double handed backhand. The 20 year old Wickmayer won through the Qualifying Rounds to make the 1st round of the 2010 Australian Open. Wickmayer then won through to the 4th round before being defeated in 3 sets by fellow Belgian Justine Henin.
Wickmayer was too good for Henin in the 2nd set winning 6-1 before going down 6-3 in the 3rd set. At OCA we predict that Wickmayer will be the next young player to achieve a Top 10 ranking for the first time and will do so BEFORE the French Open. Further to that she will be a major threat to win a Grand Slam and will qualify for the WTA Tour Finals in Doha!!!
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
Stay tuned as coverage of major tournaments No.7 to 14 will follow soon on this tennis website.
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.
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