Dubai 2011 Women’s Singles Draw

The 2011 Dubai Open women’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 14 February at 12 noon local time. The Dubai singles event has a 64-draw that contains 56 players and 8 Bye’s. The 56 players consist of 44 direct acceptances, 8 Qualifiers and 4 Wild Cards. In the 1st round 48 players compete with the 24 winners joining the Top 8 seeds in the 2nd round.

Dubai is a WTA Premier FIVE category tournament played from February 12-20. The total prize money for the 2011 Dubai tournament is $2,050,000 US dollars. The official tournament name is the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The last direct acceptance into the draw was Akgul AMANMURADOVA of Uzbekistan who was ranked No.70 at the cut-off date.

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The Seeds: In a 64-player sized draw there are 16 seeded players. This means that all of the 16 seeds are separated in the draw so they cannot meet another seed until the round of 16. The seeding for the Dubai Open is allocated according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made. These latest rankings were released on Monday 7 February.

The 2011 Dubai Open women’s singles seeds are:

Seeds 1-8: 1-Caroline WOZNIACKI, 2-Vera ZVONAREVA, 3-Francesca SCHIAVONE, 4-Samantha STOSUR, 5-LI Na, 6-Jelena JANKOVIC, 7-Victoria AZARENKA and 8-Agnieszka RADWANSKA.

Seeds 9-16: 9-Shahar PEER, 10-Marion BARTOLI, 11-Flavia PENNETTA, 12-Kaia KANEPI, 13-Petra KVITOVA, 14-Ana IVANOVIC, 15-Alisa KLEYBANOVA and 16-Svetlana KUZNETSOVA.

If a seeded players withdraws during the next few days before taking the court for their 1st round match OnCourt Advantage will update you of any new developments amongst the seeded players straight away. That seed would be replaced by the next highest ranked direct acceptance i.e. Andrea PETKOVIC.

The Wild Cards: As soon as each of the 3 players that are awarded a wild card are announced OnCourt Advantage will add their names right here-> Sania MIRZA, Bojana JOVANOVSKI and Jelena DOKIC.

The Qualifiers: The 32-player qualifying tournament begins on Saturday 12 February and concludes on Sunday 13 February. As soon as the qualifying event is complete I will add the names of the 8 qualifiers into their allocated spots in the draw below and list their names right here-> Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA, PENG ShuaiAyumi MORITAKristina BARROISChanelle SCHEEPERSZHANG Shuai, Zuzana KUCOVA and Nuria LLAGOSTERA VIVES.

Agnieszka Radwanska achieved her best result to date at the Dubai Open in 2010 by making the semi finals before being defeated by Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-4. The 1.72m Radwanska is pictured above after making contact with the ball with her double-handed backhand drive. The current World No.10 from Poland has won 4 WTA singles titles and is in form after reaching the 2011 Australian Open quarter finals.

The 21-year-old Radwanska equalled her best Grand Slam singles results to date before being defeated by eventual champion and new World No.1 Kim Clijsters 3-6, 6-7 (4-7). Radwanska has now made it to the Grand Slam quarter final stage on 4 occasions; Australian Open 2008 and 2011 and at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2009. She achieved her career-high ranking to date of No.8 on 22 February 2010.

The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the round of 16 is:

  • Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) v (13) Petra KVITOVA
  • Shahar PEER (9) v (5) LI Na
  • Samantha STOSUR (4) v (14) Ana IVANOVIC
  • Kaia KANEPI (12) v (6) Jelena JANKOVIC
  • Agnieszka RADWANKSA (8) v (10) Marion BARTOLI
  • Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (16) v (3) Francesca SCHIAVONE
  • Victoria AZARENKA (7) v (11) Flavia PENNETTA
  • Alisa KLEYBANOVA (15) v (2) Vera ZVONAREVA

The 2011 Dubai Open women’s singles draw for the 1st round is:

  1. Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) v BYE
  3. Akgul AMANMURADOVA v (WC) Sania MIRZA
  4. Ayumi MORITA (Q) v (13) Petra KVITOVA
  5. Shahar PEER (9) v Maria Jose MARTINEZ SANCHEZ
  6. Alexandra DULGHERU v Elena BALTACHA
  7. Yanina WICKMAYER v (WC) Bojana JOVANOVSKI
  8. BYE v (5) LI Na
  9. Samantha STOSUR (4) v BYE
  10. Sara ERRANI v (Q) Zuzana KUCOVA
  11. Kristina BARROIS (Q) v ZHENG Jie
  12. Patty SCHNYDER v (14) Ana IVANOVIC
  13. Kaia KANEPI (12) v Vera DUSHEVINA
  14. Andrea PETKOVIC v Angelique KERBER
  15. Chanelle SCHEEPERS (Q) v Maria KIRILENKO
  16. BYE v  (6) Jelena JANKOVIC

The bottom half of the draw is:

  1. Agnieszka RADWANKSA (8) v BYE
  2. Anastasija SEVASTOVA v Anastasia RODIONOVA
  4. KimikoDATE-KRUMM v (10) Marion BARTOLI
  5. Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (16) v (Q) Nuria LLAGOSTERA VIVES
  6. Ekaterina MAKAROVA v Tsvetana PIRONKOVA
  7. ZHANG Shuai (Q) v Yaroslava SHVEDOVA
  8. BYE v (3) Francesca SCHIAVONE
  9. Victoria AZARENKA (7) v BYE
  10. PENG Shuai (Q) v Bethanie MATTEK-SANDS
  12. Jelena DOKIC (WC) v (11) Flavia PENNETTA
  13. Alisa KLEYBANOVA (15) v (Q) Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA
  14. Jarmila GROTH v Dominika CIBULKOVA
  15. Roberta VINCI v Elena VESNINA
  16. BYE v (2) Vera ZVONAREVA

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