The 2012 Qatar Open women’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 13 February at 3pm local time in Doha, Qatar. The 2012 Qatar draw has doubled in size compared to last year due to the upgrading of this tournament to “Major” WTA tournament status. The official tournament name is the Qatar TOTAL Open due to title sponsorship naming rights.
In 2012 there is a 64-draw divided up between 8 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC), 8 BYES and 45 Direct Acceptances. The official draw is being held on Saturday 11 February at 5:30pm local time in Doha. As soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will add the names into the projected round of 16 match-ups for the seeds and post the full draw here-> The 2012 Qatar Open Draw.
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The Seeds: In a 64-player sized draw there are 16 seeded players. This means that all of the 16 seeds are separated in the draw so they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed in the quarter finals. The seeds are selected according to the WTA rankings as at 6 February 2012. The Top 16 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 16 seeds. The Top 8 seeds will receive a BYE in the 1st round so will play their first match in the 2nd round.
The seeding for the Qatar Open is allocated according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made. These latest rankings were released on Monday 6 February, therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Qatar Open women’s singles seeds are:
1-Victoria AZARENKA, 2-Caroline WOZNIACKI, 3-Samantha STOSUR, 4-Agnieszka RADWANSKA, 5-Marion BARTOLI, 6-Vera ZVONAREVA, 7-Francesca SCHIAVONE, 8-Jelena JANKOVIC, 9-Sabine LISICKI, 10-Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA, 11-Dominika CIBULKOVA, 12- PENG Shuai, 13-Ana IVANOVIC, 14-Svetlana KUZNETSOVA, 15-Daniela HANTUCHOVA and 16-Julia GOERGES.
If any of the seeded players withdraw during the next few days before taking the court for their 1st round 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. Daniela HANTUCHOVA who would become the No.16 seed. Update: Petra Kvitova and Andrea Petkovic are still unable compete due to injury
The Wild Cards: Once the 3 wild cards are chosen and announced OnCourt Advantage will add their names right here-> Ons JABEUR from Tunisia, Fatma AL NABHANI from Oman and Nadia LALAMI from Morocco.
The Qualifiers: The 32-player qualifying tournament begins on Saturday 11 February and concludes on Sunday 12 February. As soon as each of the eight players win their 3rd or final round of qualifying to qualify for the main draw OnCourt Advantage will list their names here-and add the names of the eight qualifiers into their allocated spots in the draw-> Caroline GARCIA, Virginie RAZZANO, Anne KEOTHAVONG, Aleksandra WOZNIAK, Varvara LEPCHENKO, Vera DUSHEVINA, Katernya BONDARENKO and Urszula RADWANSKA.
The 2011 Qatar Women’s runner-up was Caroline WOZNIACKI who is featured in both pictures above during last year’s tournament. The 21-year-old Wozniacki is captured at the top of this page right at the contact point for this inside-out forehand drive. The 1.77m Wozniacki of Denmark in the picture immediately above is demonstrating excellent body positioning and footwork right before driving her racquet to the ball for this double-handed backhand.
Wozniacki is a fantastically consistent player, this is due to a great extent, her huge work ethic with her footwork and her obvious commitment to position herself in the best possible position to strike the ball for every single shot. Wozniacki was the 20th player to earn the World No.1 WTA ranking and achieved the year-end World No.1 WTA champion award in both 2010 and 2011.
Wozniacki has already won 18 career WTA singles so far and is the youngest player in the Top 10. After spending a total of 67 weeks ranked at No.1, which places her 9th overall for most weeks ranked No.1, she lost her top spot to Victoria Azarenka at the 2012 Australian Open. You can expect that Wozniacki will really do all she can to wrestle the No.1 ranking back starting from Doha where a lot more ranking points are on offer this year.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the round of 16 is:
- Victoria AZARENKA (1) v (15) Daniela HANTUCHOVA
- Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (10) v (7) Francesca SCHIAVONE
- Agnieszka RADWANSKA (4) v (16) Julia GOERGES
- PENG Shuai (12) v (8) Jelena JANKOVIC
- Vera ZVONAREVA (6) v (11) Dominika CIBULKOVA
- Ana IVANOVIC (13) v (3) Samantha STOSUR
- Marion BARTOLI (5) v (9) Sabine LISICKI
- Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (14) v (2) Caroline WOZNIACKI
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© photo credit: Qatar Tennis Federation