The 2012 Miami Open women’s main draw singles matches begin on Tuesday 20 March at 11am local time at the at the Tennis Centre at Crandon Park in the Miami-Dade County, in Florida, USA. In this post a number of interesting facts about the women’s singles main draw will be provided, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and who the seeds are.
The official draw is being held on Monday 19 March at the Entertainment Stage at 12 noon. There are 96 players in the draw divided up between 12 Qualifiers (Q), 8 Wild Cards (WC) and 76 Direct Acceptances of which the Top 32 ranked players will be the 32 seeds. The cut-off date for entry was 8 February 2012 and Greta ARN from Hungary with a ranking of No.76 that week was the last direct acceptance.
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Miami is a WTA Premier Mandatory category tournament played on Laykold Cushion Plus hard courts from March 19 to April 1. The official tournament name is the Sony Ericsson Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. As soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will add the names into the projected 3rd round match-ups for the seeds and post the full singles main draw here-> The 2012 Miami Open Women’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
3-time Miami runner-up in 2005, 2006 and 2011 Maria SHARAPOVA is closing in on winning another major title and regaining the World No.1 ranking. The 24-year-old Russian is pictured above in position and ready to play her forehand drive at the 2012 Australian Open. The 3-time Grand Slam singles champion will be focused on adding Miami to her collection of 24 pro singles titles.
The Seeds: In a 128-player sized draw there are 32 seeded players in order to keep the 1 seed for each 4 spots in the draw ratio according to tournament draw rules. Miami has a 96-player draw so the seeds all receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 32 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round. Only the 64 players who are unseeded play in the first round and the 32 winners of the first round take on the 32 seeds in the 2nd round.
The seeds are selected according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 19 March 2012. The Top 32 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 32 seeds; therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Miami Open women’s singles seeds are:
- Seeds 1-8: 1-Victoria AZARENKA, 2-Maria SHARAPOVA, 3-Petra KVITOVA, 4-Caroline WOZNIACKI, 5-Agnieszka RADWANSKA, 6-Samantha STOSUR, 7-Marion BARTOLI, 8-LI Na;
- Seeds 9-16: 9-Vera ZVONAREVA, 10-Andrea PETKOVIC, 11-Serena WILLIAMS, 12-Francesca SCHIAVONE, 13-Sabine LISICKI, 14-Jelena JANKOVIC, 15-Julia GOERGES, 16-Ana IVANOVIC;
- Seeds 17-24: 17-Dominika CIBULKOVA, 18-PENG Shuai, 19-Angelique KERBER, 20-Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA, 21-Daniela HANTUCHOVA, 22-Roberta VINCI, 23-Maria KIRILENKO, 24-Yanina WICKMAYER; and
- Seeds 25-32: 25-Flavia PENNETTA, 26-Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES, 27-Svetlana KUZNETSOVA, 28-Lucie SAFAROVA, 29-Monica NICULESCU, 30-Petra CETKOVSKA 31-Sara ERRANI, 32-Kaia KANEPI.
If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their first match I will update the seeded players list above straight away. That seed would be replaced by the next highest ranked direct acceptance i.e. Nadia PETROVA as the World No.33. If any seeds are unable to play this compulsory major tournament No.34 ZHENG Jie becomes a seed, followed by No.35 Christina MCHALE and then No.36 Kim CLIJSTERS.
Update: No.10 seed Andrea Petkovic is unable to play due to injury so Serena becomes No.10 and every other seed moves up one spot. Nadia Petrova becomes the No.32 seed. In addition, a 9th wild card is created to replace Petkovic now that there are 75 direct acceptances and not 76.
The Wild Cards: Two of the eight women’s wild cards have been announced so far: 7-time Grand Slam singles champion and former World No.1 Venus WILLIAMS and 22-year-old Russian Alisa KLEYBANOVA who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphona in May 2011 after reaching a career high ranking of No.20 earlier in 2011. As soon as any further wild cards are announced OnCourt Advantage will list them here-> Heather WATSON, Aleksandra WOZNIAK, Lourdes DOMINGUEZ Lino, Garbine MUGURUZA BLANCO, ZHANG Shuai and Olivia ROGOWSKA.
The Qualifiers: The 48-player qualifying tournament begins on Monday 19 March and concludes on Tuesday 20 March. As soon as each of the 12 players win their 2nd round of qualifying and therefore qualify for the main draw, OnCourt Advantage will list their names here-> …
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