Japan Open 2010 Women’s Singles Draw: Qualifiers

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The 2010 Japan Open women’s qualifying singles event is now complete. The qualifying began on Friday 24 September with 32 players battling for the 8 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event. The qualifying was completed on Saturday 25 August in Tokyo at what is called the Toray Pan Pacific Open or PPO for short.

To qualify you must win 2 matches in a row in the best of 3 sets format with the final set being decided by a tie-break. Of the 1 seeds in the qualifying 11 of them won through to “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.

Of the 6 Japanese women in the qualifying draw all of them were defeated in the 1st round of qualifying. There are 3 Japanese women flying the flag in the main draw courtesy of wild cards for the hometown fans to support.

Pictured above is 2009 Japan Open Women’s Singles semi finalist Agnieszka Radwanska as she is set to swing her racquet forward to make contact with the ball for this backhand ground stroke. The 21 year old from Poland made the semi finals at the 2009 Japan Open before running into Maria Sharapova who was the eventual champion.

The 1.72m Radwanska achieved her career high ranking of No.8 on February 22 this year. Radwanska is the current World No.9 so is strong contender to qualify for the WTA Tour Finals for the very first time if she can perform in Tokyo and Beijing over the next few weeks. Radwanska has played one match in the WTA Tour Finals in each of the past 2 years as a substitute player and would dearly like to earn a full spot in the Top 8.

Those players’ names that are bolded in the list below are the 8 players who have qualified for the women’s singles main draw. The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying was No.1 seed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. Martinez Sanchez is the first player to take a spot in the main draw as a Lucky Loser (LL) provided she signs-in to be eligible to be selected.

A lucky loser spot opens up if any player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE playing her 1st round match. 2nd in line for a LL spot is No.2 seed Jarmila Groth and the next in line is No.4 seed Elena Baltacha who also lost at the last hurdle.

Any player whose name is italicised and has his first name removed is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the qualifying round.

The results in the final round of the 2010 Japan Open Women’s qualifying singles event are:

  1. (1) Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez lost to (15) Chang Kai-Chen 6-2, 5-7, 3-6
  2. (2) Jarmila Groth lost to Coco Vandeweghe (12) Garbin 4-6, 6-7 (2-7)
  3. (3) Ekaterina Makarova defeated (13) Vania King 6-1 0-0 retired
  4. (4) Elena Baltacha lost to Greta Arn (11) Chan 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6
  5. (5) Iveta Benesova def. Pauline Parmentier (16) Jovanovski 6-4 6-2
  6. (6) Anastasija Sevastova lost to (WC) Laura Robson (14) Flipkens 6-2, 2-6, 4-6
  7. (7) Peng Christina McHale def. (10) Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
  8. (8) Roberta Vinci def. (9) Vera Dushevina 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

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