The 2010 Rome Internazionali BNL d’Italia women’s qualifying singles event begins on Friday 30 April at 10am local time in Rome. The qualifying event will be completed on Saturday 1 May with play beginning at 12 noon on the 2nd and final day of the qualifying event. There are 32 spots in the qualifying draw and it is divided up between 4 Wild Cards (WC) and 28 Direct Acceptances.
There are 16 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 16 ranked players are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies. In Rome there are 8 spots in the main draw of the women’s singles event allocated for qualifiers.
As mentioned in our Rome Women’s Schedule of Play, the players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying earn 1,500 US dollars and earn 1 WTA ranking point. The players win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 2900 US dollars and 20 WTA ranking points, which is more than a player receives who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses her 1st round match.
Players who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of 5,400 US dollars and 30 WTA ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. That means they received 30 times the amount that a direct acceptance receives when she loses her 1st round match. A direct acceptance who loses in the 1sr round receives just 1 WTA ranking point. Even the 2nd round losers in the qualifying event earn 20 WTA ranking points. Do you think that is a fair way to allocate points?
The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win 2 matches in a row in order to qualify. The qualifying draws are different to main draws because these events do not play off until there is one undefeated player. Therefore, the No.1 seed and the No.2 seed are not separated at the opposite ends of the draw.
The top 8 seeds in the main draw of qualifying have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify. The whole 16 seeds are just listed down the draw. The players seeded to earn those 8 qualifying spots are highlighted below.
The draw for the qualifying is as follows:
- (1) Elena Baltacha versus Greta Arn
- Katalin Marosi versus (10) Ekaterina Bychkova
- (2) Ayumi Morita versus (WC) Martina Di Giuseppe
- Nathalie Vierin versus (15) Anna Floris
- (3) Pauline Parmentier versus Yuliya Kalabina
Ekaterina Dzehalevich versus (12) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
- (4) Alicia Molik versus Aniko Kapros
- Nuria Llagostera Vives versus (10) Bojana Jovanovsksi
- (5) Tsvetana Pironkova versus Tatiana Poutchek
- Claudia Giovine versus (12) Sesil Karatantcheva
- (6) Akgul Amanmuradova versus Giulia Gatto-Monticone
- (WC) Nastassya Burnett versus (13) Chanelle Scheepers
- (7) Karolina Sprem versus Federica Di Sarra
- (WC) Alice Moroni versus (9) Anne Koethavong
- (8) Varvara Lepchenko versus (WC) Anastassia Grymalska
- Marta Sirotkina versus (16) Olga Savchuk
Just in case it was not clear…Each group of 2 matches (as you run down the draw), will be the players who meet each other in the next round. So, the winner of Baltacha & Arn will play the winner of Marosi & Bychkova for a spot in the main draw and in order it follows, so that the winner of Morita & Di Giuseppe will play the winner of Vierin & Floris etc.
Di Giuseppe, Burnett, Moroni & Grymalska are all Italians and in a strong show of support by the Italian Tennis Federation all of the wild cards into the qualifying event were awarded to locals. 5 Italian women (Floris, Vierin, Giovine, Gatto-Monticone & Di Sarra), were directly accepted into the qualifying draw because their rankings were better than the last direct acceptance into the qualifying event, Marta Sirotkina of Russia at World No.362.
Pictured above is Venus Williams moments after making contact with the ball on this double handed backhand drive at the 2009 Rome Premier FIVE WTA Tour tournament. The 29 year old will be looking for a big performance at Rome this year, after making the semi finals last year. Venus will be trying to continue her good run of form, in order to push further towards the World No.2 ranking. If she can achieve that goal, then she will ONLY meet her sister in the final of any tournament.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Rome. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play -> Rome 2010: Apr 24 – May 8.
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