The 2011 Australian Open Women’s singles main draw is made up of 108 direct acceptances, 12 qualifiers and 8 wild cards. The first wild card to be awarded will go to the winner of the Australian women-only round robin tournament. The knockout semi finals are played tomorrow after a rest day today and the Women’s Singles Final is on Sunday 19 December.
The semi finalists will be fighting it out to EARN a coveted Wild Card into the 2011 Australian Open. These semi finals are played on hard courts in Melbourne, Australia at Melbourne Park – Home of the Australian Open on Court 6.
In the first semi final the 1st place winner from the round robin was No.5 seed Olivia Rogowska so she is rewarded by playing the 4th placed No.2 seed Sophie Ferguson. In the 2nd semi the 2nd placed No.1 seed Alicia Molik plays the 3rd placed No.3 seed Jelena Dokic. To see the world exclusive for further details on the final round robin standings and how the semi finalists were decided click here.
All four women were undefeated in their respective round robin groups so should be hitting their stride to perform at a high level to provide some very entertaining tennis to watch. The 2011 Australian Open wild card play-off women’s singles semi final draw sees the 1st semi final scheduled for 10am and the 2nd semi final to follow straight after that.
1st semi final:
The 19-year-old Olivia Rogowska is a 1.75m right-hander has played Australian Open for the past 3 years. Rogowska is the current World No.259 who had her best results at the Australian Open by playing in the main draw in 2009-2010. On both occasions she lost in 3 sets against Top 50 ranked players in the 1st round. Rogowska achieved her career high ranking of No.138 on 7 December 2009.
Rogowska plays Sophie Ferguson in the semi finals who she has never met in a professional match before. The 24-year-old Ferguson is also right-handed yet she is the current No.122 and achieved her career high ranking of No.109 on 19 July this year. The 1.77m Ferguson has played the past 8 Australian Open’s from 2003 to 2010 with her best result making the 2nd round in 2005.
2nd semi final:
This semi final sets two former World Top 10 players against each other in an intriguing battle for the chance to win a wild card. The 29-year-old Alicia Molik is 1.82m right-hander and has played Australian Open on 10 occasions between 1998 and 2010. Molik’s best result was making the quarter finals in 2005 before losing to Lindsay Davenport 9-7 in the final set. The current No.130 achieved her career high ranking of No.8 on 28 February 2005.
Molik plays Dokic for the 3rd time and holds a 2-1 advantage, however their last match was way back in 2003 at the Miami Open and was won by Dokic. Dokic is a 27-year-old right-handed who achieved her career high ranking of No.4 on 19 August 2002. Dokic is the current No.137 and has played the Australian Open on 7 occasions including her 2009 run as a wild card where she made the quarter finals before losing 6-4 in the final set to Dinara Safina.
Day 4 results for the semi final matches will be added as they are completed:
- Rogowska defeated Ferguson 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
- Dokic def. Molik 6-3 6-1
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