The 2012 Italian Open in Rome women’s qualifying singles event begins on Friday 11 May at 10am local time in Rome, Italy. In this post the full women’s qualifying singles draw will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the qualifying, including how this draw works and how the WTA ranking points are allocated.
There are 32 players in the qualifying draw divided up between 4 Wild Cards [WC] and 28 Direct Acceptances vying for 8 spots in the singles main draw. There are 16 seeds in the qualifying draw that have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify, so only meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 8 players qualify for the main singles draw.
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The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2012 Italian Open qualifying singles draw was 2 April 2012, which means players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on that day. To determine whom the 16 seeds are in the qualifying event, the rankings released on Monday 7 May 2012 were used to identify the seeds (and not the rankings at the time of qualifying on April 2nd).
A seeded player occupies one of every two spots in the qualifying draw. 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 seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event like they do in the singles main draw. All players must win two best-of-three tiebreak set matches in a row in order to qualify.
Each player that qualifies for the singles main draw earns 30 WTA ranking points. If a qualifier loses in the 1st round of the main draw she earns 35 points (30+5), 30 points for qualifying plus the five main draw 1st round points. A player who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance or a wild card recipient, only receives five ranking points if she loses her 1st round match.
A qualifier earns the ranking points that are awarded for the round she makes it through to, plus her 30 points she earned for qualifying throughout the tournament. For example, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 80 points for making the 2nd round plus 30 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 110 ranking points in total.
If a direct acceptance withdraws from the event, then a “Lucky Loser” i.e. a player who loses in the final round of qualifying will be awarded a place in the singles main draw. A Lucky Loser who loses in the 1st round of the main draw earns 20 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round e.g. a 1st round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 20 plus 5, for a total of 25.
The 2012 Italian Open Women’s qualifying singles draw is:
- Carla SUAREZ NAVARRO  v Gisela DULKO
- Mirjana LUCIC v  Jamie HAMPTON
- Petra MARTIC  v Andrea HLAVACKOVA
- Paula ORMAECHEA v  Mathilde JOHANSSON
- Aleksandra WOZNIAK  v Alla KUDRYAVTSEVA
- Nastassja BURNETT [WC] v  Johanna LARSSON
- Silvia SOLER-ESPINOSA  v Lourdes DOMINGUEZ-LINO
- Lesia TSURENKO v  Greta ARN
- Katernya BONDARENKO  v Anastasia RODIONOVA
- CHANG Kai-Chen v  Vera DUSHEVINA
- Pauline PARMENTIER  v [WC] Anastasia GRYMALSKA
- Jill CRAYBAS v  Olga GOVORTSOVA
- HSIEH Su-Wei  v [WC] Alexia VIRGILI
- Bethanie MATTEK-SANDS v  Sloane STEPHENS
- Anna TATISHVILI  v Anna CHAKVETADZE
- Corinna DENTONI [WC] v  Varvara LEPCHENKO
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