The 2012 Italian Open in Rome women’s main draw singles event will be drawn on Friday 11 May at the Foro Italico site in Rome, Italy. In this post a number of interesting facts about the women’s singles main draw will be provided, including how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and who the seeds are.
There are 64 players in the draw divided up between 8 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 45 Direct Acceptances for the only WTA Premier FIVE tournament for 2012 held on clay courts. The cut-off date for entry was 2 April 2012 and Simona HALEP of Romania with a ranking of No.47 that week was the last direct acceptance.
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The official tournament name is the Internazionali BNL d’Italia due to title sponsorship naming rights. 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 singles main draw here-> The 2012 Italian Open Women’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
The Seeds: In a 64-player sized draw there are 16 seeded players in order to keep the 1 seed for each 4 spots in the draw ratio according to tournament draw rules. Rome has a 56-player draw so only the Top 8 seeds all receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 24 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round.
The seeds are selected according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 7 May 2012. The Top 16 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 16 seeds; therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Italian Open women’s singles seeds are:
- Seeds 1-8: 1-Victoria AZARENKA, 2-Maria SHARAPOVA, 3-Agnieszka RADWANSKA, 4-Petra KVITOVA, 5-Samantha STOSUR, 6-Caroline WOZNIACKI, 7-Marion BARTOLI, 8-LI Na;
- Seeds 9-16: 9-Serena WILLIAMS, 10-Vera ZVONAREVA, 11-Francesca SCHIAVONE, 12-Andrea PETKOVIC, 13-Sabine LISICKI, 14-Angelique KERBER, 15-Ana IVANOVIC and 16-Dominika CIBULKOVA.
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. Daniela HANTUCHOVA as the World No.17. If any further seeds are unable to play this major tournament No.18 Jelena JANKOVIC becomes a seed, followed by No.19 Maria KIRILENKO.
The Wild Cards: Once the five wild cards are announced I will update them here straight away. If 2011 is anything to go by then the Italian Tennis Federation will award all of the wild cards to local players. Last year Alberta Brianti, Corinna Dentoni and Romina Oprandi received the wild cards this year the the Top 5 Italians in order of ranking who have missed the 2012 cut-off are Alberta Brianti, Karin Knapp, Camila Giorgi, Anna Floris and Nastassja Burnett.
Two Italians Karin KNAPP and Alberta BRIANTI received wild cards as did 7-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus WILLIAMS.
The Qualifiers: The 32-player qualifying tournament begins on Friday 11 May and concludes on Saturday 12 May. As soon as each of the 8 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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