The 6th Major Tournament for the women’s professional tennis tour in 2010 is the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain. The women’s event begins today and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 16 May. Madrid is the 2nd of the 3 prestigious clay court tournaments in 2010.
Madrid is one of 4 Premier Mandatory category events, so together with the 5 Premier FIVE events you have the women’s equivalent to the men’s 9 ATP Tour World Masters 1000 tournaments. The Premier Mandatory tournaments are combined events, which means that both the women’s tour and men’s tours play their respective events at the same venue and at the same time.
In this post we will cover how the WTA Tour ranking points and prize money are allocated, and what the schedule of play is for the women’s singles draw. The total prize money for this tournament is 4.5 million US dollars, with the winner of the women’s singles final in Madrid taking home 700,000 of that.
The WTA ranking points and prize money (in Euros) for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $620,000;
- The runner-up earns 700 points + $310,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 450 + $135,500;
- The four quarter finalists earn 250 + $57,500;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 140 + $27,500;
- The *16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 80 + $15,150;
- The players who lose in the 1st round earn 5 points + $7,825.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn 1,050 Euros and receive 1 ranking point. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn 2,170 Euros and 20 points. The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 30 points, whereas players who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, only earn 1 point.
*The Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round. If one of the Top 8 seeds loses their 1st match (in the 2nd round), they are only awarded 5 WTA ranking points and NOT 80. So are treated as a 1st round loser.
The matches each day are played in a day session starting at 11am for the most part and in a night session beginning at 7pm. The 1st two days of the tournament feature the qualifying event and there are no night sessions.
Pictured above is the 2009 Madrid women’s singles runner-up Caroline Wozniacki preparing to swing to the ball for this forehand ground stroke. The current World No.2 was also a runner-up at the 2009 US Open. The 19 year old from Denmark has made one other final of Premier Mandatory tournament and that was at Indian Wells this year.
Wozniacki has played in 14 WTA Tour finals and has won 7 WTA Tour singles titles. The former World No.2 on the Junior ITF Tour won the Junior Wimbledon singles title and was a runner-up in the Junior Australian Open singles event both in 2006.
This year the 1.77m Wozniacki will be after her 1st Major tournament win and the World No.1 ranking. Performing well in Madrid will make a big difference if she is to overthrow Serena in the next couple of months, because she has 700 points to defend.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update you of the changes in later posts of these changes.
The schedule of play for the women’s singles event at Madrid is:
- Friday 7 May: 1st round of Qualifying from 12 noon;
- Saturday 8 May: Qualifying & Main Draw 1st round from 12 noon;
- Sunday 9 May: Qualifying & Main Draw 1st round from 12 noon;
- Monday 10 May: 1st round & 2nd round from 11am;
- Tuesday 11 May: 1st round & 2nd round from 11am;
- Wednesday 12 May: 2nd round & round of 16 from 11am;
- Thursday 13 May: Round of 16 from 11am;
- Friday 14 May: Quarter Finals from 11am;
- Saturday 1 May: Semi Finals from 11am; and
- Sunday 16 May: The Women’s Singles Final at 3:30pm.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details-> Madrid 2010 May 7 – 16.
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