The 2010 Cincinnati Open women’s qualifying singles event begins today – Saturday 7 August at 10am local time in Cincinnati. The qualifying event will be completed on Sunday 8 August. The qualifying matches are best of 3 tie-break sets. The final set is NOT an advantage set so is decided by a tie-break at 6 games all, just like the final set is at the US Open.
There are 48 spots in the qualifying draw of which 6 were wild cards and 42 direct acceptances. The last direct acceptance into the qualifying draw was Alexandra Stevenson ranked at No.331. Stevenson made the semi finals of Wimbledon in 1999 as an 18 year old. One of every 2 of those spots in the draw is occupied by a seeded player. There are 24 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 24 ranked players at the cut-off date are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”.
The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies. At Cincinnati there are 12 spots in the main draw of the women’s singles event allocated for qualifiers. OCA will be following the Cincinnati Open including the qualifying results, so visit here regularly and ask any questions you would like to know about the Cincinnati tournament or anything about tennis.
There are 13 American women in the qualifying draw, 4 of them are seeded (Vania King, Jill Craybas, Varvara Lepchenko and Shenay Perry), 4 of them received wild cards (Daniele Mills, Ashley Harkleroad, Julia Boserup and Chelsey Gullickson) and 5 of them were direct acceptances (Madison Brengle, Julie Ditty, Alexandra Stevenson, Carly Gullickson and Alison Riske). These American women will be aiming for a far better outcome than last year at Cincinnati where only Melanie Oudin qualified out of the Americans.
The players, who lose in the 1st round of qualifying earn 1,000 US dollars and 1 WTA ranking point. The players who win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 1,935 US dollars and 20 WTA ranking points.
Players who qualify for the main draw will earn 5,400 US dollars and 30 WTA ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. That means they received 30 times the amount that a direct acceptance receives when she loses her 1st round match, as the direct acceptance only earns 1 WTA ranking point for a 1st round loss. Do you think that is a fair way to allocate points?
The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win 2 matches in a row in order to qualify. The qualifying draws are different to main draws because these events do not play off until there is one undefeated player. Therefore, the No.1 seed and the No.2 seed are not separated at the opposite ends of the draw.
The Top 24 seeds in the main draw of qualifying have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify. The whole 24 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 24 seeds are bolded in the draw below.
Pictured above is Flavia Pennetta getting into position to play this double handed backhand. The 28 year old Italian made the semi finals at Cincinnati last year in what was her career best result in a Premier FIVE level tournament. The 1.72m Pennetta became the first Italian woman to achieve a Top 10 ranking after Cincinnati last year (17 August 2009). Pennetta performs best on the American hard courts and will certainly be trying to achieve personal bests at Cincinnati and the 2010 US Open, where she has made the quarter finals for the past two years.
The draw for the 2010 Cincinnati Open Women’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Kaia Kanepi versus (WC) Hsieh Su-Wei
- Nuria Vives Llagostera v. (24) Shenay Perry
- (2) Roberta Vinci v. Anna Tatishvili
- Madison Brengle v. (22) Varvara Lepchenko
- (3) Elena Baltacha v. Julie Ditty
- Sania Mirza v. (16) Bojana Jovanovski
- (4) Kimiko Date Krumm v. (WC) Cara Black
- Tetiana Luzhanska v. (18) Jill Craybas
- (5) Sorana Cirstea v. (WC) Daniele Mills
- Mirjana Lucic v. (15) Simona Halep
- (6) Ekaterina Makarova v. Alexandra Stevenson
- Carly Gullickson v. (14) Alla Kudryavtseva
- (7) Anastasia Rodionova v. Tamira Paszek
- Olga Savchuk v. (23) Julie Coin
- (8) Vera Dushevina v. Akgul Amanmuradova
- Michaella Krajicek v. (17) Edina Gallovits
- (9) Chan Yung-Jan v. (WC) Ashley Harkleroad
- Mariana Duque Marino v. (20) Monica Niculescu
- (10) Vania King v. Alison Riske
- Urszula Radwanska v. (19) Kurumi Nara
- (11) Ayumi Morita v. Sesil Karatantcheva
- Lucie Hradecka v. (13) Karolina Sprem
- (12) Chanelle Scheepers v. (WC) Julia Boserup
- (WC) Chelsey Gullickson v. (21) Greta Arn
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Cincinnati singles events. Click this link for more details including both of the schedules of play -> Cincinnati 2010: August 7-22.
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