The 2012 Miami Open women’s main draw singles matches begin on Tuesday 20 March at 11am local time in Miami, Florida in the USA. In this post a number of interesting facts will be provided, including how the WTA ranking points and prize money are allocated for each round and what the schedule of play is for the entire tournament.
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The women’s event schedule begins with the 48-player qualifying singles draw on Monday 19 March. The Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday March 31. The total financial commitment for the 2012 women’s tournament is 4,828,050 US dollars, with the total prize money for the women’s singles event being $3,838,190.
Dual and defending Miami champion Victoria AZARENKA became No.1 by winning the 2012 Australian Open. The 22-year-old from Belarus is pictured above at the 2011 Miami Open setting the ball in place during the early moments of her service action. Azarenka has been serving it up to the rest of the world having won all 17 matches this year and by winning four of her past five tournaments via a 25-2 win-loss record. How many titles will she snare in 2012?
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The WTA ranking points and prize money for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $712,000;
- The runner-up earns 700 points + $352,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 450 + $164,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 250 + $79,000,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 140 + $39,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 80 + $21,000;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 50 + $12,725;
- The *32 players who lose in the 1st round earn 5 points + $7,700;
- The 12 players who qualify earn 30 points for qualifying;
- The 12 players who lose in the final round of qualifying earn 20 points + $2,290;
- The 24 players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive 1 point + $1,170.
The schedule of play for the entire 2012 Miami Open women’s singles draw is:
- Monday 19 March: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Tuesday 20 March: Qualifying Draw 2nd round and Main Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Wednesday 21 March: 1st round from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Thursday 22 March: 2nd round from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Friday 23 March: 2nd round from 11am and 7:30pm
- Saturday 24 March: 3rd round from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Sunday 25 March: 3rd round round from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Monday 26 March: Round of 16 from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Tuesday 27 March: Quarter Finals from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Wednesday 28 March: Quarter Finals from 11am and 7pm;
- Thursday 29 March: Semi Finals from 1pm and 7pm;
- Friday 30 March: no men’s singles matches today; and
- Saturday 31 March: Women’s Singles Final at 12 noon.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
To get you started, did you know that if any of the 32 seeded players who lose their first match after being given a bye into the 2nd round are treated as a 1st round loser for ranking points allocation purposes i.e. they receive 10 points for losing their first match.
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