photo credit:Christian Mesiano
The 2010 Japan Open women’s main draw singles matches have commenced. The full draw listed below includes all of the qualifiers and who they play now that they have been determined and added to the main draw. Since the draw was finalised No.9 seed Li Na of China has withdrawn due to illness and as mentioned in -> Japan Open 2010 Women’s Singles Draw: Qualifiers has been replaced by Lucky Loser Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
The Japan Open is the fifth and final WTA Premier FIVE tournament in 2010, which means it is one of the major tournaments each year. The Japan Open is held in Tokyo at the Ariake Colosseum. This year is the 26th straight year for this tournament, which with title sponsorship is called the Toray Pan Pacific Open or the PPO for short.
Pictured above is 2009 Japan Open Women’s Singles quarter finalist Victoria Azarenka just after she made contact with the ball for this forehand drive. The 21 year old from Belarus made the quarter finals at the Japan Open before narrowly losing to Li Na in the final set tie-break.
Azarenka is pictured using the HEAD YouTek Extreme Pro tennis racquet at the 2010 US Open. If you are in Hong Kong and want one of Victoria’s racquets or advice on which racquet would be the best for you to use, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 1.8m Azarenka is currently World No.11 and achieved her career high ranking of No.6 on October 26 2009. At No.11 Azarenka is a contender to qualify for the WTA Tour Finals for the 2nd time in a row if she can perform in Tokyo and Beijing over the next few weeks.
Azarenka played in the WTA Tour Finals in 2009 and almost earned a spot in the semi finals. With No.9 Justine Henin out injured for the remainder of 2010 and Li Na unable to play in Tokyo Azarenka has a big opportunity this week.
The player’s name that is bolded in the draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match.
The draw for the 2010 Japan Open Women’s 1st round singles event is:
- (1) Caroline Wozniacki versus BYE
- (Q) Greta Arn v. (Q) Laura Robson
- Katernya Bondarenko v. Anabel Medina Garrigues
- Dominika Cibulkova v. (16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- (1o) Svetlana Kuznetsova v. Agnes Szavay
- Gisela Dulko v. Andrea Petkovic
- Olga Govortsova v. (Q) Iveta Benesova
- BYE v. (6) Agnieszka Radwanska
- (4) Samantha Stosur v. BYE
- Julia Goerges v. (WC) Dinara Safina
- (Q) Coco Vandeweghe v. Klara Zakopalova
- Polona Hercog v. (14) Aravane Rezai
- (11) Marion Bartoli v. Yanina Wickmayer
- Alisa Kleybanova v. Ana Ivanovic
- (Q) Chang Kai-Chen v. Lucie Safarova
- BYE v. (8) Victoria Azarenka
- (5) Francesca Schiavone v. BYE
- Alexandra Dulgheru v. (Q) Ekaterina Makarova
- Angelique Kerber v. Daniela Hantuchova
- (WC) Kimiko Date Krumm v. (12) Maria Sharapova
- (13) Shahar Peer v. Timea Bacsinszky
- Melanie Oudin v. Kaia Kanepi
- Petra Kvitova v. Alona Bondarenko
- BYE v. (3) Jelena Jankovic
- (7) Elena Dementieva v. BYE
- Yaroslava Shvedova v. (WC) Kurumi Nara
- (Q) Christina McHale v. Flavia Pennetta
- Maria Kirilenko v. (LL) Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (9) Li
- (15) Nadia Petrova v. (Q) Roberta Vinci
- (WC) Ayumi Morita v. Tsvetana Pironkova
- Barbora Zahlavova Strycova v. Sara Errani
- BYE v. (2) Vera Zvonareva
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