The 2013 Shenzen Open is being played for the very first time, which is great sign of the growth and development of women’s tennis in Asia. To make it easier for YOU to follow, watch or attend this tournament OnCourt Advantage details how the WTA ranking points and prize money are allocated round-by-round plus what the schedule of play is for each day.
To watch the tennis in Singapore follow the local times in Shenzen listed below as they are the same as Singapore time. Further details, including how to buy tickets, the tournament venue, centre capacity and total prize money etc. are covered here-> Shenzen Open Tennis 2013.
The original cut-off ranking for direct acceptance in to the main draw singles event is WTA World No.119 Chan Yung-Jan. The Top 8 highest ranked players entered at the cut-off date of 19 November 2012 are: Li Na, Marion Bartoli, Jelena Jankovic, Hsieh Su-Wei, Klara Zakopalova, Peng Shuai, Laura Robson and World No.56 Bojana Jovanovski.
Pictured above is the No.1 seed in Shenzen – LI Na just prior to the contact point for this double-handed backhand groundstroke. The 30-year-old right-hander is China’s greatest player having the distinction of being the first Asian player to make a Grand Slam singles final at the 2011 Australian Open.
The 1.72m Li is the current No.7 after achieving her career-high to date of No.4 in June 2011 after winning the 2011 Roland Garros Grand Slam singles title. Li has made the singles quarter finals or better at all four Grand Slams including a semi final and then runner-up at the Australian Open, where she will be looking to go one better in January.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The WTA ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 280 points + $112,080;
- The runner-up earns 200 points + $56,040;
- The two semi finalists earn 130 points + $30,051;
- The four quarter finalists earn 70 points + $8,703;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 30 points + $4,802;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $3,114+ 1 ranking point.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
The schedule of play for the 2013 Shenzen Open Women’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 29 December: Qualifying at 11am;
- Sunday 30 December: Qualifying at 11am;
- Sunday 30 December: Main Draw 1st round 11am;
- Monday 31 December: 1st round at 11am;
- Tuesday 1 January: 2nd round at 11am;
- Wednesday 2 January: 2nd round at 2pm and 6pm;
- Thursday 3 January: Quarter Finals at 2pm and 6pm;
- Friday 4 January: Semi Finals at 2pm and 6pm; and
- Saturday 5 January: Women’s Singles Finals at 2pm.
© photo credit: Babolat