The 2010 China Open women’s qualifying singles event is now complete. The qualifying began on Friday 1 October with 32 players battling for the 8 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.
Players needed to win 2 matches in a row over 2 days in order to earn a spot in the main draw. Of the Top 8 seeds in the qualifying 5 of these players who were seeded to qualify won through. The remaining 3 qualifiers comprised 2 seeds No.14 and No.16 and 1 unseeded player, Lu Jing-Jing of China.
Once a player qualifies she earns 30 WTA ranking points for qualifying even if she loses in the 1st round of the main draw. Of the 7 Chinese women in the qualifying draw only 1 successfully completed her mission to qualify. Last year only 1 Chinese woman qualified as well, Ji Chun-Mei, who this year for some reason was overlooked for a wild card in either the main draw and the qualifying draw.
Pictured above is Marion Bartoli right before the contact point between the ball and the racquet for this double handed backhand. The 1.7m French woman made the semi finals at the China Open in Beijing last year before being knocked out by Agnieszka Radwanska. Bartoli turned 26 today and is the current World No.14. Her career result was being the 2007 runner-up at Wimbledon.
Bartoli is the French No.1 whose career best singles ranking is No.9, which she first achieved on October 22 2007. Bartoli has a chance to equal her best ranking if she can win the title in Beijing. Bartoli made the semi finals at the Miami Open this year, which is 1 of the 4 Premier Mandatory on the WTA Tour each year along with Indian Wells, Madrid and Beijing.
The player’s whose names are bolded in the list below are the 8 players who have qualified for the women’s singles main draw. The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying was No.2 seed Carla Suarez Navarro which means she would be the first player to take a spot in the main draw as a Lucky Loser if any player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE playing her 1st round match.
A player must sign-in at the time specified by the tournament management to be eligible for any possible Lucky Loser spot. The next 2 ladies in line are the No.7 and No.8 seeds (Chakvetadze and Parra Santonja), who both lost at the last hurdle.
The results in the final round of the 2010 China Open women’s qualifying singles event are:
- (1) Ekaterina Makarova defeated (11) Vania King 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
- (2) Carla Suarez Navarro lost to Lu Jing-Jing (15) Chang 3-6 3-6
- (3) Anastasija Sevastova def. (12) Tathiana Garbin 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
- (4) Alla Kudryavtseva def. Sophie Ferguson (10) Niculescu 6-4 6-2
- (5) Roberta Vinci def. (9) Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3 6-3
- (6) Vera Dushevina def. Greta Arn (13) Paszek 6-4 6-2
- (7) Anna Chakvetadze lost to (14) Katernya Bondarenko 0-6, 6-7 (6-8)
- (8) Aranxta Parra Santonja lost to (16) Bojana Jovanovski 2-6 2-6
4 of the qualifiers play-off against each other in the 1st round so we are guaranteed to have at least 2 qualifiers battling it out in the 2nd round. These qualifiers have drawn the following opponents in the 1st round of the main draw: (Q) Jovanovski versus (Q) K.Bondarenko, (Q) Dushevina v. (Q) Makarova, Alisa Kleybanova v. (Q) Lu Jing-Jing, (Q) Kudryavtseva v. No.9 seed Li Na, (Q) Sevastova v. No.4 seed Samantha Stosur and (Q) Vinci v. No.10 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.
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