The 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open women’s qualifying singles event began on Friday 7 May at 10am local time in Madrid. The qualifying event will be completed on Saturday 8 May with play beginning at 12 noon on the 2nd and final day of the qualifying event. There are 32 spots in the qualifying draw and it is divided up between 4 Wild Cards (WC) and 28 Direct Acceptances.
There are 16 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 16 ranked players are seeded to meet each other in “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. In Madrid there are 8 spots in the main draw of the women’s singles event allocated for qualifiers.
As mentioned in our Madrid Women’s Schedule of Play, the players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying earn 1,050 Euros and earn 1 WTA ranking point. The players win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 2,170 Euros and 20 WTA ranking points, which is more than a player receives who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses her 1st round match.
Players who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of 7,825 Euros and 30 WTA ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. That means they received 6 times the amount that a direct acceptance receives when she loses her 1st round match. A direct acceptance who loses in the 1sr round receives just 5 WTA ranking points. Even the 2nd round losers in the qualifying event earn 20 WTA ranking points. Do you think that is a fair way to allocate points?
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 8 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. The whole 16 seeds are just listed down the draw. The players seeded to earn those 8 qualifying spots are highlighted below.
The draw for the 2010 women’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Timea Basinszky versus Mariana Duque Marino
- (WC) Simona Halep versus (16) Klara Zakopalova
- (2) Iveta Benesova versus Varvara Lepchenko
- Tsvetana Pironkova versus (12) Alberta Brianti
- (3) Tathiana Garbin versus Ekaterina Bychkova
Chan Yung-Jan versus (9) Alize Cornet
- (4) Roberta Vinci versus Akgul Amanmuradova
- (WC) Silvia Soler Espinosa versus (14) Ayumi Morita
- (5) Petra Kvitova versus Michelle Larcher de Brito
- Alicia Molik versus (13) Alla Kudryavtseva
- (6) Petra Martic versus (WC) Beatriz Garcia Vidagany
- Chang Kai-Chen versus (15) Ekaterina Makarova
- (7) Stefanie Voegele versus (WC) Georgina Garcia Perez
- Anastasia Rodionova versus (10) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
- (8) Kirsten Flipkens versus Jill Craybas
- Karolina Sprem versus (11) Vania King
Just in case it was not clear…each group of 2 matches (as you run down the draw), will be the players who meet each other in the next round. So, the winner of Bacsinszky & Marino will play the winner of Halep & Zakopalova for a spot in the main draw and in order it follows, so that the winner of Benesova & Lepchenko will play the winner of Pironkova & Brianti etc.
Only Halep from Romania was not a Spanish player of the 4 players who received a wild card into the women’s qualifying singles event. Soler Espinosa, Garcia Vidagany & Garcia Perez are all locals who benefitted from the strong show of support by the Real Federacion Espanola de tenis (Spanish Tennis Federation). No other Spanish women are in the qualifying draw. The last direct acceptance into the qualifying event was Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal at World No.113.
Pictured above is Patty Schnyder moments after making contact with the ball on this one handed slice backhand drop shot. The 31 year old left hander from Switzerland made the semi finals in Madrid in 2009 by defeating Jelena Jankovic and Nadia Petrova before losing to eventual champion Dinara Safina. The 2004 Australian Open semi finalist achieved her career high ranking of World No.7 in November 2005.
The clever tactician defeated Serena Williams in the 2009 Rome event and is still able to mix it with the best on her day. A very strong showing in Madrid this year is critical for the 1.68m Swiss because the 450 ranking points she earned in Madrid last year was by far her best result in the past 12 months. The pressure will be on her because an early loss would see her drop down to about the World No.63 spot.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid for bothe the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play -> Madrid 2010: May 7 – 16.
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