The 2010 Japan Open women’s qualifying singles event begins tomorrow – Friday 24 September August at 10am local time in Tokyo (so, 9am in Hong Kong). The qualifying event will be completed on Saturday 25 September. Japan has 2 million US dollars in prize money and is a Premier FIVE level tournament making it one of THE major events on the WTA Tour each year.
There are 32 spots in the qualifying draw of which 4 were wild cards and 28 direct acceptances. There are 16 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 16 ranked players at the cut-off date are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. A seeded player occupies one of every 2 spots in the draw.
There are 6 Japanese women in the draw: World No.156 Misaki Doi, No.138 Junri Namigata, No.316 Sachie Ishizu, No.202 Ryoko Fuda, No.290 Akiko Yonemura and No.196 Tomoko Yonemura. The 4 wild cards have been announced for the singles main draw, they are 2008 Japan Open singles champion Dinara Safina of Russia, Kimiko Date Krumm, Ayumi Morita and Kurumi Nara all from Japan.
The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies. At the Japan Open there are 8 spots in the main draw of the women’s singles event allocated for qualifiers. OCA will be following the Japan Open including the qualifying results, so visit here regularly and ask any questions you would like to know about this tournament or anything about tennis.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $1,500 and 1 WTA ranking point. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $2,900 and 20 points. The players who qualify earn $5,400 and 30 points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. That means they received 30 times the amount of points that a direct acceptance receives when she loses her 1st round match!!! Wild Card entrants who lose 1st round receive only 1 point.
From the 2nd round onwards any qualifiers earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 30 points for qualifying. Therefore a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 60 points for making the 2nd round plus 30 points for qualifying. Which means 90 points would be added to their ranking total.
The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win 2 matches in a row in order to qualify. The qualifying draws are different to main draws because these events do not play off until there is one undefeated player. Therefore, the No.1 seed and the No.2 seed are not separated at the opposite ends of the draw.
The Top 16 seeds in the main draw of qualifying have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify. All 16 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 16 seeds are bolded in the draw below. The 4 wild cards were awarded to Urszula Radwanska of Poland, Laura Robson of Great Britain and Sachie Ishizu and Akiko Yonemura of Japan.
Pictured above is 2009 Japan Open Women’s Singles runner-up Jelena Jankovic as she is about to make contact with the ball for this backhand ground stroke. The 25 year old from Serbia is a former World No.1 and was a runner-up at the 2008 US Open. Last year the current World No.6 had to retire with a right wrist injury in the Japan Open Women’s Singles Final when she trailed Maria Sharapova 5-2 in the 1st set.
The 1.77m Jankovic earned 550 WTA ranking points and 175,000 US dollars for her efforts. Currently, Jankovic is one of 8 players who could win the World No.1 ranking from Serena Williams before the 2010 season ends on October 31. This is especially true now that Serena had to withdraw from the Japan Open having not yet recovered from her foot injury.
The draw for the 2010 Japan Open Women’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez versus Misaki Doi
- Catalina Castano v. (15) Chang Kai-Chen
- (2) Jarmila Groth v. Junri Namigata
- Coco Vandeweghe v. (12) Tathiana Garbin
- (3) Ekaterina Makarova v. Chanelle Scheepers
- (WC) Urszula Radwanska v. (13) Vania King
- (4) Elena Baltacha v. (WC) Sachie Ishizu
- Greta Arn v. (11) Chan Yung-Jan
- (5) Iveta Benesova v. Nuria Llagostera Vives
- Pauline Parmentier v. (16) Bojana Jovanovski
- (6) Anastasija Sevastova v. (WC) Laura Robson
- Simona Halep v. (14) Kirsten Flipkens
- (7) Peng Shuai v. Christina McHale
- Ryoko Fuda v. (10) Anastasia Rodionova
- (8) Roberta Vinci v. (WC) Akiko Yonemura
- Tomoko Yonemura v. (8) Vera Dushevina
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