The 2011 Australian Open women’s main draw singles was first played in 1922 and is being held for the 84th time this year. Women’s singles matches will begin on Monday 17 January at 11am local time in Melbourne, Australia. There are 128 main draw spots divided up between 12 Qualifiers (Q), 8 Wild Cards (WC) and 108 Direct Acceptances.
The seeded players do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of a Grand Slam event. To win the title a player must win 7 best of 3 set matches in a row. Being seeded means that you the earliest round in the event that you can meet another seeded player is 3rd round in which only 32 players remain.
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The 2010 Australian Open Women’s singles runner-up Justine Henin is pictured above at the Australian Open after playing her famous single-handed backhand. The 1.67m Henin lost to Serena Williams 4-6, 6-3, 2-6 in her third Australian Open final and 11th Grand Slam singles final. The former World No.1 won the 2004 Australian Open and has won 7 Grand Slam singles titles to date.
The 28-year-old from Belgium has played in the final of all 4 Grand Slams and has won all except Wimbledon. One of the main goals for Henin in her comeback was to complete her career Grand Slam set by winning Wimbledon. Henin was a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2001 and in 2006. Henin was in good form at the Hopman Cup and would love to beat Kim Clijsters to the punch by out-doing her at this year’s Australian Open.
OCA will be adding the names into the 3rd round match ups for seeds and the full singles draw as it occurs from 10am on Friday 14 January, right below this. OCA will add the names of the 12 qualifiers into the full draw below once they are known. At 5pm Melbourne time on Sunday 16 January these qualifiers will be allocated a spot in the 1st round and entered in the full below draw straight away.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the 3rd round is:
- Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) versus (29) Dominika CIBULKOVA
- Yanina WICKMAYER (21) v (15) Marion BARTOLI
- Justine HENIN (11) v (23) Svetlana KUZNETSOVA
- Tsvetana PIRONKOVA (32) v (6) Francesca SCHIAVONE
- Venus WILLIAMS (4) v (30) Andrea PETKOVIC
- Kaia KANEPI (20) v (14) Maria SHARAPOVA
- LI Na (9) v (17) Aravane REZAI
- Daniela HANTUCHOVA (28) v (8) Victoria AZARENKA
Which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players who are seeded to meet are:
- Jelena JANKOVIC (7) v (27) Alexandra DULGHERU
- Alisa KLEYBANOVA (24) v (12) Agnieszka RADWANSKA
- Nadia PETROVA (13) v (19) Ana IVANOVIC
- Maria Jose MARTINEZ SANCHEZ (26) v (3) Kim CLIJSTERS
- Samantha STOSUR (5) v (25) Petra KVITOVA
- Flavia PENNETTA (22) v (10) Shahar PEER
- Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (16) v (18) Maria KIRILENKO
- Lucie SAFAROVA (31) v (2) Vera ZVONAREVA
The highlighted names above represent the possible quarter final match-ups according to seedings i.e. Wozniacki v Schiavone, Venus v Azarenka, Jankovic v Clijsters and Stosur v Zvonareva. The possible semi final match ups according to seedings are Wozniacki v Venus and Clijsters v Zvonareva. “-AUS” added to the end of any name in the draw below, means that player represents Australia.
The 2011 Australian Open women’s singles draw for the 1st round is:
- Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) v Gisela DULKO
- Tamira PASZEK v Vania KING
- Lucie HRADECKA v Alberta BRIANTI
- Angelique KERBER v (29) Dominika CIBULKOVA
- Yanina WICKMAYER (21) v Jarmila GROTH-AUS
- Polona HERCOG v Anastasija SEVASTOVA
- Vesna MANASIEVA (Q) v Laura POUS-TIO
- Tathiana GARBIN v (15) Marion BARTOLI
- Justine HENIN (11) v (Q) Sania MIRZA
- Jamie HAMPTON (Q) v Elena BALTACHA
- Bethanie MATTEK-SANDS v (Q) Aranxta RUS
- Alison RISKE v (23) Svetlana KUZNETSOVA
- Tsvetana PIRONKOVA (32) v Pauline PARMENTIER
- Timea BACSINSZKY v Monica NICULESCU
- Rebecca MARINO v Junri NAMIGATA
- Aranxta PARRA SANTONJA v (6) Francesca SCHIAVONE
- Venus WILLIAMS (4) v Sara ERRANI
- Sandra ZAHLAVOVA v Renata VORACOVA
- Anne KEOTHAVONG (Q) v (Q) Arina RODIONOVA
- Jill CRAYBAS v (30) Andrea PETKOVIC
- Kaia KANEPI (20) v Magdalena RYBARIKOVA
- Julia GOERGES v Edina GALLOVITS–HALL
- Elena VESNINA v (WC) Virginie RAZZANO
- Tamarine TANASUGARN v (14) Maria SHARAPOVA
- LI Na (9) v Sofia ARVIDSSON
- Evgeniya RODINA v (WC) Olivia ROGOWSKA-AUS
- Zuzana ONDRASKOVA v (WC) Jelena DOKIC-AUS
- Barbora ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA v (17) Aravane REZAI
- Daniela HANTUCHOVA (28) v Regina KULIKOVA
- Karolina SPREM v Chanelle SCHEEPERS
- Patricia MAYR-ACHLEITNER v Andrea HLAVACKOVA
- Kathrin WOERLE (Q) v (8) Victoria AZARENKA
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Jelena JANKOVIC (7) v Alla KUDRYAVTSEVA
- Katernya BONDARENKO v PENG Shuai
- Caroline GARCIA v Varvara LEPCHENKO
- Ayumi MORITA v (27) Alexandra DULGHERU
- Alisa KLEYBANOVA (24) v (Q) Irina FALCONI
- Anne KREMER (Q) v Simona HALEP
- Sophie FERGUSON-AUS (WC) v (Q) Petra MARTIC
- Kimiko DATE-KRUMM v (12) Agnieszka RADWANSKA
- Nadia PETROVA (13) v Ksenia PERVAK
- Alicia MOLIK-AUS (WC) v Roberta VINCI
- Patty SCHNYDER v (Q) Lesya TSURENKO
- Ekaterina v MAKAROVA v (19) Ana IVANOVIC
- Maria Jose MARTINEZ SANCHEZ (26) v Greta ARN
- CoCo VANDEWEGHE (Q) v Alize CORNET
- Christina MCHALE v Carla SUAREZ NAVARRO
- Dinara SAFINA v (3) Kim CLIJSTERS
- Samantha STOSUR-AUS (5) v (WC) Lauren DAVIS
- Maria Elena CAMERIN v Vera DUSHEVINA
- Olga GOVORTSOVA v Anna CHAKVETADZE
- Sally PEERS-AUS (WC) v (25) Petra KVITOVA
- Flavia PENNETTA (22) v Anastasia RODIONOVA-AUS
- Lourdes DOMINGUEZ LINO v Johanna LARSSON
- Sorana CIRSTEA v Mirjana LUCIC
- Mathilde JOHANSSON v (10) Shahar PEER
- Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (16) v Kirsten FLIPKENS
- Akgul AMANMURADOVA v Kristina BARROIS
- Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES v Iveta BENESOVA
- Romina OPRANDI v (18) Maria KIRILENKO
- Lucie SAFAROVA (31) v ZHANG Shuai
- Klara ZAKOPALOVA v Melanie OUDIN
- Bojana JOVANOVSKI v (WC) CHANG Kai-Chen
- Sybille BAMMER v (2) Vera ZVONAREVA
The Seeds: In a 128-player sized draw there are 32 seeded players. This means that all of the 32 seeds are separated in the draw so that play 2 rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed in the 3rd round.
The Wild Cards: The 2 remaining wild cards that have not yet been awarded will all be announced today before the qualifying draw begins. Thus far, the wild cards have been awarded to Olivia Rogowska-AUS, Lauren Davis-USA, Virginie Razzano-FRA, Jelena Dokic-AUS, Alicia Molik-AUS and Kai-chen Chang-TPE. As soon as the last 2 wild cards are announced OCA will add them right here -> The final 2 wild cards went to Sally Peers-AUS and Sophie Ferguson-AUS.
The Qualifiers: The 96-player qualifying tournament begins on Wednesday 12 January and runs through to Saturday 15 January. The draw will take place today. As soon as each player qualifies for the main draw OCA will add their names right here -> No.1 seed (1) Coco VANDEWEGHE, (2) Anne KEOTHAVONG, (14) Jamie HAMPTON, (18) Aranxta RUS, (19) Petra MARTIC, (24) Sania MIRZA, Vesna MANASIEVA, Arina RODIONOVA, Irina FALCONI, Anne KREMER, Kathrin WOERLE and Lesya TSURENKO.
To see the FULL 2011 Women’s Schedule of Play, prize money and WTA ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event click HERE.
The seeding for the Australian Open is allocated according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made. Just now the new rankings were released for the week commencing 10 January 2011. Therefore, the 2011 Australian Open women’s singles seeds are:
Seeds 1-8: 1-Caroline Wozniacki, 2-Vera Zvonareva, 3-Kim Clijsters, 4-Venus Williams, 5-Samantha Stosur, 6-Francesca Schiavone, 7-Jelena Jankovic, 8-Victoria Azarenka
Seeds 9-16: 9-Li Na, 10-Shahar Peer, 11-Justine Henin, 12-Agnieszka Radwanska, 13-Nadia Petrova, 14-Maria Sharapova, 15-Marion Bartoli, 16-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Seeds 17-24: 17-Aravane Rezai, 18-Maria Kirilenko, 19-Ana Ivanovic, 20-Kaia Kanepi, 21-Yanina Wickmayer, 22-Flavia Pennetta, 23-Svetlana Kuznetsova, 24-Alisa Kleybanova
Seeds 25-32: 25-Petra Kvitova, 26-Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 27-Alexandra Dulgheru, 28-Daniela Hantuchova, 29-Dominika Cibulkova, 30-Andrea Petkovic, 31-Lucie Safarova, 32-Tsvetana Pironkova
If any of the seeded players withdraw from the Australian Open during the week OCA will update the seeded players list above straight away. World No.21 Ana Ivanovic is in doubt with an abdominal injury that forced her to retire from the Hopman Cup.
World No.4 Serena Williams has withdrawn with an foot injury, No.9 Elena Dementieva retired at the end of 2010 and No.27 Zheng Jie withdrew with a wrist injury. If any further players withdraw with an injury, then World No.36 Alona Bondarenko will move into the seedings, however she is under an injury cloud as well after withdrawing from her title defence at the Hobart Open. The next player in line to be promoted to a seed after that is No.38 Julia Goerges, who moves in before No.37 Agnes Szavay who has withdrawn with an injury.
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