The 2011 Auckland Open is a WTA International category tournament on the women’s professional tennis tour. The Auckland Open is sponsored by ASB so is also called the ASB Classic in 2011 and is being played for the 27th year at the ASB Tennis Centre in New Zealand on green Rebound Ace hard courts.
The women’s event begins on January 1 with the qualifying singles draw and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday 8 January. The total prize money for the 2011 Auckland ASB Classic tournament is 220,000 US dollars. The Auckland ASB Classic 2011 draw is a 32-player draw with 25 direct acceptances of which the Top 8 are seeded, 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards.
The wild cards were awarded to Katernya Bondarenko of the Ukraine and New Zealanders Sacha Jones and Marina Erakovic. The seeds are No.1 Maria Sharapova, No.2 Yanina Wickmayer. No.3 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No.4 Julia Goerges, No.5 Anastasija Sevastova, No.6 Kimiko Date-Krumm, No.7 Elena Vesnina and No.8 Sofia Arvidsson.
The 2010 Auckland Women’s singles champion Yanina WICKMAYER is pictured above at the 2010 US Open as she prepares to swing forward to make contact with the ball with this forehand drive. The 1.82m Wickmayer defeated Flavia Pennetta in the final 6-3 6-2 and shortly after recorded her career best result at the Australian Open by making the round of 16 in 2010.
The 21-year-old Belgian achieved her career best result in a Grand Slam singles event at the 2009 US Open by making the semi finals and achieved her career high ranking of No.12 on 19 April 2010. Wickmayer is player to watch especially on hard courts, so she may figure prominently in the weeks ahead and at the 2011 Australian Open.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The WTA ranking points and prize money for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 280 points + $37,000;
- The runner-up earns 200 points + $19,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 130 points + $10,200;
- The four quarter finalists earn 70 points + $5,340;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 30 points + $2,950;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 1 point + $1,725.
There is a 32-player qualifying draw. The 16 players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn 1 ranking point and $265. The 8 players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn 6 ranking points plus $460. The 4 players who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $860 and 10 ranking points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 16 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, earn just the one point. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round also receive just the one point.
From the round of 16 onwards any qualifiers who win earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 16 points for qualifying. Therefore a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the round of 16 earns 30 points for making the round of 16 plus 16 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the round of 16 earns 46 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Auckland Open Women’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 1 January: Qualifying event at 11am;
- Sunday 2 January: Qualifying & Main Draw 1st round at 11am & 7:30pm;
- Monday 3 January: 1st round at 11am & 7:30pm;
- Tuesday 4 January: Round of 16 at 11am & 7:30pm;
- Wednesday 5 January: Round of 16 at 11am & 7:30pm;
- Thursday 6 January: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Friday 7 January: Semi Finals from 1pm; and
- Saturday 8 January: Women’s Singles Final at 3pm.
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Photo credit: Christian Mesiano