photo credit:Jet Magbanua
The WTA Premier FIVE tournament in Cincinnati is a hard court event and will be held at the Lindner Family Tennis Centre in the suburb of Mason, Ohio in the USA. What was formerly known as the Cincinnati Open is now called the Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.
The women’s tournament begins on Saturday 7 August with the qualifying singles and runs for 9 days, concluding with the Women’s Singles Final on Sunday 15 August at 3pm local time in Cincinnati.
The draw for the women’s qualifying singles draw will be available on Friday 6 August and the women’s singles main draw will be drawn on Saturday 7 August. As soon as these draws are available we will post them in here our coverage of the 2010 Western and Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open singles events in Cincinnati.
Last year No.5 seed Jelena Janković won the W&SFG Women’s Open singles championship for the first time. Janković defeated No.1 seed Dinara Safina in the final 6-4 6-2 in 2 hours and 17 minutes after being down 4 consecutive match points in her semi final the day before. Janković earned 800 WTA ranking points whilst Safina collected 550 points.
The 2009 W&SFG semi finalists were No.4 seed Elena Dementieva who lost to Janković and No.14 seed Flavia Pennetta who was defeated by Safina. In the quarter finals Safina knocked out Kim Clijsters, Pennetta beat Daniela Hantuchova, Dementieva defeated No.8 seed Caroline Wozniacki and Janković won against Sybille Bammer. Bammer upset Serena Williams in the round of 16.
Pictured above is Safina as she is recovering after hitting this serve. Safina has dropped to No.33 after being the World No.1 last year at Cincinnati. Can the 24 year old Russian make a comeback to form during the hard court season over the next 2 months and qualify for the WTA Tour Finals?
Premier FIVE and Premier Mandatory tournaments have varying sized main draws. Indian Wells and Miami have the largest draws with 96 spots, then Madrid and China have 60 spots whilst, Dubai, Rome, Cincinnati, Canada and the Japan Opens’ all have a 56-player draw.
In a 56-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 2 August 2010. 44 of the 56 main draw spots are allocated to direct acceptances.
The direct acceptances are the highest 39 ranked players on the cut-off date. This year the cut-off was the ATP Rankings on July 5 2010. Russia has the most players in the women’s singles draw with 9. To date, the only players from the Top 40 who will not be playing are the injured Serena Williams and Justine Henin.
The remaining 17 spots in the main draw are allocated from 2 categories: wild card entrants (WC) and qualifiers (Q). Qualifiers earn 12 of the 17 spots and 5 spots are given to wild cards at the discretion of the tournament management.
The women’s qualifying event is a mini knock out tournament consisting of 48 players. Only 12 players who each win 3 matches in a row will “qualify” for the main draw. The 5 wild cards that are to be selected and the details for the qualifying event, will be updated here in our coverage of the 2010 W&SFG Women’s Open as they are announced.
Last year only 3 wild cards were awarded with the other 2 spots given to the next highest ranked players (direct acceptances) and there were only 8 sots for qualifiers. This year the number of spots for qualifiers and the qualifying draw size has been increased to 48. The men’s event will only have 28 spots in the qualifying singles draw.
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Stay tuned to this tennis website for more coverage of both the men’s and women’s events in Cincinnati. Click this link for the details thus far -> Cincinnati 2010: August 7 – 22.
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