The 2010 China Open women’s main draw singles matches will begin on Sunday 3 October September at 12 noon local time in Beijing, which means 12 noon for Hong Kong as well. There are 60 main draw spots divided up between 8 Qualifiers (Q), 5 Wild Cards (WC) and 47 Direct Acceptances.
The China Open has 4.5 million US dollars in prize money and is one of only 4 Premier Mandatory level tournaments each year making it one of THE major events on the WTA Tour. The China Open is held at the Olympic Green Tennis Center, which was built especially for the 2008 Beijing Olympics National Tennis Centre on Deco Turf hard courts. This year is the 11th straight year for this tournament and only the second as a Premier Mandatory category event. The draw was completed this afternoon.
In a 60-player draw there are 16 seeded players and they will be selected according to the WTA rankings on the final Monday before this event commences. This year the seeding will be based on the WTA Tour rankings as at September 27 2010 and the cut-off date for entry.
The direct acceptances into the main draw are the highest 47 ranked players on the cut-off date, which was August 23 2010. This year the cut-off for the last direct acceptance was 31 year old Patty Schnyder of Switzerland who was ranked No.52 at the cut-off date.
Usually the Top 8 seeded players receive a BYE in the 1st round, whilst seeds 9 to 16 do have to play a first round match. However, the Japan Open and the China Open tournaments overlap so only 4 players receive a bye and they are the 4 semi finalists at the Japan Open.
Being seeded means that you the earliest round in the event that you can meet another seeded player is in the round of 16 where only 16 players remain. The player’s name that is bolded in the draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. In the draw below the qualifiers (Q) will be added once the qualifying tournament is completed.
Pictured above is 2009 Japan Open Women’s Singles semi finalist Nadia Petrova as she is about to make contact with the ball for this forehand ground stroke. The 28 year old from Russia made the semi finals at the China Open before running into eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
The 1.78m Petrova needs to win the China Open this year to give herself a chance to play in the WTA Tour Finals this year. Petrova has played in the WTA Tour Finals for 3 of the past 5 years but seems to be slowing down this year. Petrova’s current ranking is No.17 and her career high ranking of No.3 was achieved back in May 15 2006. The Russian has not won a WTA Tour singles title for the past 2 years, so will be looking to break the drought.
The draw for the seeded players if they all win through to the round of 16 is:
- (1) Caroline Wozniacki versus (20) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- (11) Marion Bartoli v. (7) Elena Dementieva
- (3) Jelena Jankovic v. (15) Shahar Peer
- (12) Maria Sharapova v. (8) Victoria Azarenka
Which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players who are seeded to meet are:
- (6) Agnieszka Radwanska v. (9) Li Na
- (13) Nadia Petrova v. (4) Samantha Stosur
- (5) Francesca Schiavone v. (10) Svetlana Kuznetsova
- (14) Aravane Rezai v. (2) Vera Zvonareva
The draw for the 2010 China Open Women’s singles event is:
- (1) Caroline Wozniacki versus BYE
- Sara Errani v. (WC) Peng Shuai
- Flavia Pennetta v. Petra Kvitova
- Kaia Kanepi v. (16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- (11) Marion Bartoli v. Ana Ivanovic
- Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez v. Olga Govortsova
- Kimiko Date Krumm v. Anabel Medina Garrigues
- BYE v. (7) Elena Dementieva
- (3) Jelena Jankovic v. Klara Zakopalova
- Qualifier (Q) v. (Q)
- Patty Schnyder v. Yaroslava Shvedova
- (WC) Sun Shengnan v. (15) Shahar Peer
- (12) Maria Sharapova v. Tsvetana Pironkova
- Agnes Szavay v. Elena Vesnina
- Timea Bacsinszky v. Julia Goerges
- BYE v. (8) Victoria Azarenka
- (6) Agnieszka Radwanska v. Angelique Kerber
- Alexandra Dulgheru v. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
- Alisa Kleybanova v. (Q)
- (Q) v. (9) Li Na
- (13) Nadia Petrova v. (WC) Han Xinyun
- Alona Bondarenko v. (WC) Zhou Yi-Miao
- Yanina Wickmayer v. Dominika Cibulkova
- (Q) v. (4) Samantha Stosur
- (5) Francesca Schiavone v. BYE
- Daniela Hantuchova v. Polona Hercog
- (Q) v. (Q)
- (Q) v. (10) Svetlana Kuznetsova
- (14) Aravane Rezai v. Gisela Dulko
- (WC) Zhang Shuai v. Maria Kirilenko
- Lucie Safarova v. Andrea Petkovic
- Dinara Safina v. (2) Vera Zvonareva
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