Barcelona is an WTA International category tournament played on red clay courts from April 7 to 15. Click this link for details about how you can buy Barcelona Open Official tennis tickets and you will also find full coverage of Barcelona.
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The women’s event schedule begins with the 32-player qualifying singles draw on Saturday 7 April. The Women’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday April 15. The total prize money for the women’s singles event is $220,000.
Pictured above is the No.2 seed at the 2012 Barcelona Open Julia GOERGES demonstrating good extension through the hitting zone for this double-handed backhand at the 2012 Australian Open. The 1.8m right-hander won two WTA singles titles thus far both on clay and her first in 2010 and her second in 2011 defeating the then World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Goerges will be looking to keep her run of winning a singles title each year going and on clay in Barcelona seems to be the perfect opportunity.
The 23-year-old Goerges’s best Grand Slam singles results to date was making the round of 16 at the 2012 Australian Open. Goerges is currently ranked at No.16 and first achieved her career-high ranking to date of No.15 on 5 March 2012. The German achieved a career-best ITF Junior ranking of No.131 and never managed to make it into any of the junior Grand Slam tournaments, which suggests she is like a fine wine and is really improving with age!
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 + $10,200;
- The four quarter finalists earn 70 + $5,340,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 30 + $2,950;
- The *16 players who lose in the 1st round receive 1 point + $1,725;
- The 4 players who qualify earn 16 points for qualifying;
- The 4 players who lose in the final round of qualifying earn 10 + $860;
- The 8 players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn 6 + $460 and
- The 16 players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive 1 + $265.
The schedule of play for the entire 2012 Barcelona Open women’s singles draw is:
- Saturday 7 April: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 8 April: Qualifying 2nd round from 12pm;
- Monday 9 April: Qualifying 3rd round from 12pm;
- Monday 9 April: Main Draw 1st round from 12pm;
- Tuesday 10 April: 1st round from 11am;
- Wednesday 11 April: 2nd round from 12pm;
- Thursday 12 April: Round of 16 from 12pm;
- Friday 13 April: Quarter Finals from 1pm;
- Saturday 14 April: Semi Finals back-to-back from 1pm; and
- Sunday 15 April: Women’s Singles Final at 1pm;
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
Did you know that qualifiers and lucky losers who lose their first match in the main draw are awarded more points than players who are ranked higher and earned direct acceptance into the main draw.
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