The 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open women’s main draw singles matches will begin today – Sunday 9 May at 11am local time in Madrid, Spain. There are 60 main draw spots divided up between 8 Qualifiers (Q), 5 Wild Cards (WC), 1 Lucky Loser (LL) and 46 Direct Acceptances (DA).
Madrid is the 2nd major clay court tournament of the year in women’s tennis. Madrid is 1 of 4 Premier Mandatory category tournaments on the WTA Tour and together with the 5 Premier FIVE events, you have the women’s tennis equivalent to the 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments. For further details about the women’s event you can visit -> Madrid Women’s Schedule of Play.
Rome Quarter Finalist Yanina Wickmayer withdrew from Madrid with an elbow injury, which created 1 spot for a LL. Usually only the top 8 seeded players have a BYE in the 1st round, whilst seeds 9 to 16 must play in the 1st round. The fans who attend this event will be blessed with the opportunity to see 6 of the top 8 seeds play in an extra match each.
The Rome Women’s Singles Final only finished on Saturday where Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez upset No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 in 2 hours and 20 minutes. The Rome semi finals were completed the day before that. The tournament management for Madrid awarded ONLY 4 BYES and they went to each of the 4 players who played in the Rome semi finals (those 2 mentioned above plus Ana Ivanovic & Serena Williams).
This is in order to give those players a rest before playing their 1st match. This will give them a better chance to continue their good form in front of the spectators in Madrid. This is also the reason why the top 6 seeds all play an extra match than they ually would.
The draw for the seeded players, if they all win through to the round of 16 is:
- (1) Serena Williams versus (16) Nadia Petrova
- (11) Maria Sharapova versus (6) Elena Dementieva
- (3) Dinara Safina versus (14) Flavia Pennetta
- (12) Marion Bartoli versus (7) Jelena Jankovic
…which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players who are seeded to meet are:
(8) Samantha Stosur versus (9) Agnieszka Radwanska
- (15) Francesca Schiavone versus (4) Venus Williams
- (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova versus (10) Victoria Azarenka
- (13) Li Na versus (2) Caroline Wozniacki
The 1st round matches from the top of the draw through to the bottom half of the draw are:
(1) Serena Williams v. BYE, Vera Dushevina v. (Q), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v. Daniela Hantuchova, Elena Vesnina v. (16) Nadia Petrova, (11) Maria Sharapova v. Lucie Safarova, Olga Govortsova v. (Q), Alexandra Dulgheru v. Melinda Czink, Aleksandra Wozniak v. (6) Elena Dementieva, (3) Dinara Safina v. (Q), Justine Henin v. Aravane Rezai, Andrea Petkovic v. Sara Errani, Sorana Cirstea v. (14) Flavia Pennetta, (12) Marion Bartoli v. Polona Hercog, Zheng Jie v. Anabel Medina Garrigues, BYE v. Ana Ivanovic, BYE v. (7) Jelana Jankovic, (8) Samantha Stosur v. Gisela Dulko, BYE v. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Agnes Szavay v. Patty Schnyder, Maria Kirilenko v. (9) Agnieszka Radwanska, (15) Francesca Schiavone v. (Q), Yaroslava Shvedova v. (WC) Sybille Bammer, Vera Zvonareva v. Melanie Oudin, (Q) v. (4) Venus Williams, (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova v. Shahar Peer, (Q) v. Alisa Kleybanova, (WC) Virginia Ruano Pascual v. (WC) Aranxta Parra Santonja, (WC) Peng Shuai v. (10) Victoria Azarenka, (13) Li Na v. (Q), Dominika Cibulkova v. (Q), Magdalena Rybarikova v. Alona Bondarenko and (Q) v. (2) Caroline Wozniacki.
The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Where a (Q) is no prediction is made because it depends which player will take that spot. Once the qualifying is finalised, we will update which qualifiers go into the above spots reserved for qualifiers. The 5 wild cards went to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, Sybille Bammer of Austria, Peng Shuai of China and to 2 Spaniards, Virginia Ruano Pascual & Aranxta Parra Santonja.
Pictured above is 25 year old Alona Bondarenko in position and swinging towards the contact point for this forehand drive. The 1.68m current World No.25 from the Ukraine achieved her best career result in a Premier Mandatory tournament by making the quarter finals at Madrid in 2009.
Bondarenko fell to eventual champion Dinara Safina. She also achieved her best singles result in a Grand Slam event this year by reaching the 4th round of the 2010 Australian Open. Bondarenko will be aiming for a strong showing in Madrid.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid. Click this link for more details about both the men’s and women’s events in Madrid -> Madrid 2010: May 7 – 16.
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