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 this weeks Australian Open main draw singles wild card round robin tournament, which is open to Australian women only.
Day 2 of the round robin tournament begins today at 10am in Melbourne, Australia at Melbourne Park. The 16 players who are split into 4 groups will each play their second of their three matches in a bid to finish first in their respective group. The 4 women who finish first in their group will qualify for the knockout draw semi finals.
Who finishes first in each group will be decided using the WTA Tour Finals format where who wins the most matches is used first. If two or more players are equal on the number of match wins then who won the most sets is used to split the tie. If the number of sets won is still tied then the percentage of games won and lost is used to split the deadlock.
The Women’s Singles Final is scheduled for this Sunday 19 December. For more details about the 2011 Australian Open, Women’s Singles Wild Card Play-off groups and players click here.
Pictured above is 27-year-old right-hander Jelena Dokic just after making contact with the ball with her forehand drive at the 2010 US Open. The 1.75m World No.137 has the most main draw Grand Slam singles experience in these play-offs besides 29-year-old No.1 seed Alicia Molik whom she could meet in the Final. Dokic’s best Australian Open singles result to date is making in the quarter finals in 2009.
The 2011 Australian Open wild card play-off women’s singles draw for today is:
- (2) Sophie Ferguson versus Ashling Sumner 4th match on Court 5
- Allison Bai v. Jade Hopper on Court 6 at 10am
- (6) Tammi Patterson v. Viktorija Rajicic 2nd match on Court 6
- (4) Jessica Moore v. Belinda Woolcock 3rd match on Court 6
- (8) Isabella Holland v. Monika Wejnert 4th match on Court 6
- (1) Alicia Molik v. (7) Sophie Letcher on Court 7 at 10am
- (5) Olivia Rogowska v. Azra Hadzic 3rd match on Court 7
- (3) Jelena Dokic v. *Ashleigh Barty/Nina Catovic 2nd match on Court 8
*14 year old Ashleigh Barty has no WTA ranking due to not having won WTA ranking points in at least 3 tournaments. Barty would be roughly No.730 based on the 25 WTA ranking points she has won thus far. Barty has withdrawn with a back injury and is being replaced by 16 year old World No.1083 Nina Catovic.
Day 2 results for the round of 16 matches will be added as they are completed:
- (1) Molik defeated (7) Letcher 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
- Bai def. Hopper 6-4 6-2
- (4) Moore def. Woolcock 6-3 6-3
- (3) Dokic def. (ALT) Catovic 6-3 6-2
- Wejnert def. (8) Holland 6-1 6-2
- (2) Ferguson def. Sumner 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
- Rajicic def. (6) Patterson 7-5 6-4
- (5) Rogowska def. Hadzic 6-3 6-3
For more details about the 2011 Australian Open, the prize money and ranking points awarded for each round and the schedule of play for the entire tournament click here.
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