Cincinnati 2012 Women’s Singles Draw

The 2012 Cincinnati Open women’s main draw singles event will be drawn on Sunday 11 August in Cincinnati, Ohio in the USA. In this post a number of interesting facts about the women’s singles main draw will be provided, including how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and who the seeds are.

There are 56 players in the draw divided up between 12 Qualifiers [Q], 3 Wild Cards [WC], 2 Lucky Losers [LL] and 39 Direct Acceptances. Cincinnati runs from August 11 to 19 and is played on Deco Turf II hard courts. The cut-off date for entry was 25 June 2012 and Varvara LEPCHENKO from the USA with a ranking of No.53 was the last direct acceptance.

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The official tournament name is the the Western and Southern Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. As soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will provide the names of the projected round of 16 match-ups for the seeds and post the full singles main draw here-> The 2012 Cincinnati Open Women’s Singles Draw: 1st RoundThe 2012 women’s entire tournament schedule of play includes what rounds are played each day and at what time of day, how the the prize money and ranking points are allocated for each round plus further interesting event details.

The Seeds: In a 64-player sized draw there are 16 seeded players in order to keep the one seed for each four spots in the draw ratio according to tournament draw rules. Cincinnati has a 56-player draw so only the Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 24 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round.

This is usually the case, but with the Canadian Open women’s singles final being played on the first day of the Cincinnati Open main draw, the two finalists of the Canadian Open receive a BYE in the 1st round at Cincinnati if they are not already amongst the Top 8 seeds. Petra Kvitova already had a bye as the No.4 seed, but Li Na did not as the No.9 seed. Therefore, Li Na has been awarded a bye, to create a ninth bye when there are usually only eight.

The seeds are selected according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 6 August 2012. The Top 16 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 16 seeds.

The 2012 Cincinnati Open women’s singles seeds are:

  • Seeds 1-8: 1-Agnieszka RADWANSKA, 2-Serena WILLIAMS, 3-Samantha STOSUR, 4-Petra KVITOVA, 5-Angelique KERBER, 6-Caroline WOZNIACKI, 7-Sara ERRANI, 8-Marion BARTOLI;
  • Seeds 9-16: 9-LI Na, 10-Ana IVANOVIC, 11-Dominika CIBULKOVA, 12-Maria KIRILENKO, 13-Jelena JANKOVIC, 14-Francesca SCHIAVONE, 15-Nadia PETROVA and 16-Lucie SAFAROVA.

If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their first match I will update the seeded players list above straight away. A seed that withdraws is replaced by the next highest ranked direct acceptance i.e. Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA as the World No.24. If any further seeds are unable to play this major tournament No.25 Julia GOERGES becomes a seed, followed by No.26 Christina MCHALE.

The Wild Cards: The wild cards went to America’s Sloane STEPHENS (current World No.49) and Italy’s Camila GIORGI (current World No.92). The third wild card went to former World No.1 and seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus WILLIAMS of the USA. The 32-year-old Venus is the current World No.65 and won the gold medal at the London Olympics for the USA with her sister in the women’s doubles event.

The Qualifiers: The 48-player qualifying tournament begins on Saturday 11 August and concludes on Sunday 12 August. As soon as each of the 12 players win their 2nd round of qualifying and therefore qualify for the main draw, OnCourt Advantage will add their names to the 2012 Cincinnati Open Women’s Singles Draw: 1st Round post.

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