The 2013 Shenzen Open main draw women’s singles matches will begin on Sunday 30 December at 11am local time in Shenzen in China. In this post a number of interesting facts about the women’s singles main draw are provided, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.
The women’s singles draw has a 32-player draw consisting of 4 Qualifiers, 3 Wildcards and 25 Direct Acceptances of whom 8 become The Seeds. To watch the tennis in Singapore the times is same in Singapore as local time in Shenzen.
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The official main draw ceremony is being held on Saturday 29 December. The four qualifiers names will be drawn and added to complete the draw on Sunday 30 December. The full list of the women’s singles draw will be added here-> Shenzen 2013 Women’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
A seeding is allocated to the 8 highest ranked players according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 24 December 2012.
There are 8 seeded players in a 32-player sized draw and they are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the quarter finals.
The following is a list of who the seeds will be and what number each player is seeded:
- LI Na
- Marion BARTOLI
- Jelena JANKOVIC
- HSIEH Su-Wei
- Klara ZAKOPALOVA
- PENG Shuai
- Laura ROBSON (pictured above)
- Bojana JOVANOVSKI
The three wildcards were awarded to WTA No.132 23-year-old DUAN Ying-Ying and No.138 18-year-old ZHENG Saisai of China and Hong Kong’s 23-year-old CHAN Wing-Yau (Venise) currently ranked No.358, who becomes the first-ever WTA player from Hong Kong to be awarded a Tour level main draw wildcard.
The 16-player qualifying tournament will begin on Saturday 29 December. There are 8 seeds in the qualifying who are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round” to determine who will earn their place in the singles main draw after by winning three straight matches.
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