Cincinnati 2010 Women’s 1st Round

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The 2010 Cincinnati Open women’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 9 August at 11am local time in Cincinnati. There are 56 main draw spots divided up between 12 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 41 Direct Acceptances.

The 2010 Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati is the 3rd of the 5 WTA Premier FIVE category tournaments each year and the 9th major tournament in women’s tennis this year. For Cincinnati only the Top 8 seeded players have a BYE in the 1st round, whilst seeds 9 to 16 must play in the 1st round. The Top 8 seeds await the 24 winners of the 1st round matches.

The 2010 Cincinnati Open women’s singles match-ups for the seeded players, if they all win through to the round of 16 is:

  • (1) Jelena Jankovic versus (14) Aravane Rezai
  • (9) Victoria Azarenka v. (5) Francesca Schiavone
  • (4) Kim Clijsters v. (15) Nadia Petrova
  • (11) Flavia Pennetta v. (6) Vera Zvonareva

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:

  • (8) Li Na v. (12) Yanina Wickmayer
  • (13) Shahar Peer v. (3) Elena Dementieva
  • (7) Agnieszka Radwanska v. (10) Maria Sharapova
  • (16) Marion Bartoli v.(2) Caroline Wozniacki

The player’s name that is bolded in the 1st round singles draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Where there is a Qualifier, no prediction is made because it depends which player will take that spot. Once the qualifying is finalised, we will update which players go into the above spots reserved for qualifiers.

The 2010 Cincinnati Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open singles draw for the 1st round is:

  1. (1) Jankovic v. BYE
  2. Qualifier v. Qualifier
  3. Qualifier v. Qualifier
  4. Qualifier v. (14) Rezai
  5. (9) Azarenka v. Ana Ivanovic
  6. Yaroslava Shvedova v. Qualifier
  7. Elena Vesnina v. Melanie Oudin
  8. BYE v. (5) Schiavone
  9. (4) Clijsters v. BYE
  10. Dinara Safina v. Roberta Vinci
  11. Qualifier v. Aranxta Parra Santonja
  12. (WC) Christina McHale v. (15) Petrova
  13. (11) Pennetta v. Zheng Jie
  14. Qualifier v. Sabine Lisicki
  15. Maria Kirilenko v. Katernya Bondarenko
  16. BYE v. (6) Zvonareva
  17. (7) Li Na v. BYE
  18. (WC) Jamie Hampton v. Sara Errani
  19. Gisela Dulko v. Lucie Safarova
  20. Qualifier v. (12) Wickmayer
  21. (13) Peer v. Olga Govortsova
  22. Qualifier v. Qualifier
  23. Daniela Hantuchova v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  24. BYE v. (3) Dementieva
  25. (7) A.Radwanska v. BYE
  26. Alisa Kleybanova v. Alexandra Dulgheru
  27. Andrea Petkovic v. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe
  28. Svetlana Kuznetsova v. (10) Sharapova
  29. (16) Bartoli v. Anabel Medina Garrigues
  30. Dominika Cibulkova v. Alona Bondarenko
  31. Sybille Bammer v. Qualifier
  32. BYE v. (2) Wozniacki

In a strong show of support by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), all 3 wild cards into the main draw of the women’s singles event went to young Americans including, 18 year old World No.143 Christina McHale, 20 year old No.161 Jamie Hampton and 18 year old No.205 Coco Vandeweghe. The USTA used 3 of the 4 spots they could have used for wild cards.

The 4th spot that could have been allocated to a wild card goes to the next highest ranked player entered into the tournament. That player was No.1 seed for the qualifying event Kaia Kanepi who, because she had already commenced her 1st round qualifying match was ineligible to receive the main draw singles spot. The next highest ranked player after Kanepi was the No.2 seed in qualifying Roberta Vinci. Vinci had NOT played her 1st round qualifying singles match received the main draw singles spot.

The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Sybille Bammer of Austria at World No.48 even though Vinci was ranked lower than Bammer at the cut-off date. The official last direct acceptance remains as the player who was the lowest ranked player to gain direct acceptance into the singles main draw at the time the draw is first completed.

Pictured above is 28 year old Elena Dementieva just after making contact with the ball for this forehand ground stroke. The 1.8m Dementieva from Russia made it to the semi finals in Cincinnati last year before losing by 8 points to 6 in the final set tie-break to eventual champion, Jelena Jankovic. Dementieva held 4 consecutive match points when she led 6 points to 2 in that tie-break before being out played in all of the next 6 points.

The current World No.6 has won 3 WTA Tour Major titles (Premier Mandatory and Premier FIVE events), they are the 2005 Japan Open in Tokyo, the 2006 Moscow Open (no longer a major tournament) and the 2008 Canadian Open. Dementieva will be looking to perform very well on the hard courts over the next couple of months, so that she can qualify for the WTA Tour Finals again.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the Canadian Open. Click this link for more details about both the men’s and women’s singles events including the schedules of play -> Cincinnati 2010: August 7-22.

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