The 2011 Australian Open men’s qualifying singles event begins on Thursday 12 January at 10am local time in Melbourne, which is one day after the men’s qualifying commences. The qualifying event is scheduled to be completed on Saturday 14 January and is played at the same venue as the main event, unlike at Wimbledon. To watch the tennis in Singapore minus 3 hours from the local time in Melbourne.
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There are 24 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 24 ranked players at the cut-off date are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 12 players qualify for the main draw.
The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2012 Australian Open qualifying singles draw was 5 December 2011. Players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on December 5th. To determine who the 24 seeds are in the qualifying event, the rankings released on Monday 9 January 2012 will be used to identify the seeds (and not the rankings at the time of qualifying on December 5th).
A seeded player occupies one of every four spots in the qualifying draw. The women’s qualifying draw has 96 spots as compared to the men’s qualifying that has 128 spots, which is why there are 24 women’s seeds as opposed to 32 men’s seeds. There are less women’s qualifying matches to be played, which is why the women’s qualifying begins a day later. So it follows that there are less spots are allocated to qualifiers in the women’s singles event i.e. 12 as compared to the 16 spots for qualifiers in the men’s main draw.
Pictured above is current World No.1 Caroline WOZNIACKI captured just after making contact with the ball for this forehand ground stroke. The 21-year-old Wozniacki became the 2oth woman to earn the No.1 ranking on 11 October 2010 since WTA rankings began on 3 November 1975. The 1.77m Wozniacki has spent 67 weeks ranked as the World No.1, which puts her in 9th place for most weeks ranked No.1.
Petra Kvitova is just 115 WTA ranking points behind the blonde from Denmark. Both players are in the quarter finals at the Sydney International with Kvitova able to become the new World No.1 if she win the Sydney title. Wozniacki will be playing her 5th Australian Open this year after losing at the past two Australian Open’s to Li Na. Wozniacki will be doing everything in her power at the Australian Open to win her 1st Grand Slam singles title after the 2009 US Open runner-up achieved her best result in 2011 by making the semi finals in Melbourne.
The players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive 2,860 Australian dollars 2 WTA ranking points. Players that win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated; earn $5,710 and 40 WTA ranking points. Players who win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn $11,440 and 50 WTA ranking points.
The 12 players who qualify, the 2nd round and 3rd round losers in the qualifying all receive more ranking points than a player who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses his 1st round match (the direct acceptance would be awarded 5 WTA ranking points for losing in the 1st round of the main draw).
Players, who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of $20,000 and 60 WTA ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. The qualifiers have the opportunity to really improve their ranking because the Grand Slam tournaments offer the most ranking points and in many ways it is better to compete in the qualifying than to be given a wild card into the main draw. A wild card who loses in the 1st round of the main draw receives 5 WTA ranking points.
The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win three matches in a row in order to qualify. The qualifying draws are different to main draws because these events do not play off until there is one undefeated player. Therefore, the No.1 seed and the No.2 seed are not separated at the opposite ends of the draw.
The Top 24 seeds in the main draw of qualifying have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify. The qualifying matches are best-of-3 sets with the first two sets are tiebreak sets and the final set is an advantage set. In an advantage set, if the set score is tied at six games all the players continue to play until one player gains a two game advantage.
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