The 2013 Australian Open women’s qualifying singles event was completed yesterday. The women’s qualifying began on Thursday 9 January with 96 players battling for the 12 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.
To qualify you were required to win three matches in a row in the best-of-3 sets with an advantage set for the the final set. An advantage set is the same as a normal set except when the games are tied at 6 all. From 6 all a player needs to gain a two game advantage over their opponent in order to win.
Of the 24 seeds in the qualifying 9 of them were defeated in the first round of qualifying, a further 4 seeds lost in the second round leaving 11 seeds amongst the 24 players in the final round of qualifying.
Once a player qualifies she earns 60 WTA ranking points for qualifying. Throughout the tournament the qualifiers keep their 60 points and add it on to the points they receive for whichever round they make it to except for a 1st round loss where the qualifier does not have the 1st round main draw points added to her qualifying points. For example, a 2nd round loss earns a qualifier 160 points, 100 like everyone else plus their 60. A 3rd round loss earns a qualifier 220, whereas everyone else would earn 160 points.
If a player is awarded a place in the main draw as a Lucky Loser she does not get the 60 WTA ranking points that a qualifier does. The Lucky Loser gets the 50 points she earned for making it to the 3rd round of qualifying. Throughout the tournament the Lucky Loser keeps her 50 points and adds it on to the points allocated for whichever round she makes it to (except for a 1st round main draw loss). A 2nd round loss earns a Lucky Loser 150 points, 100 like everyone else plus her 50. A 3rd round loss earns her 210 points, 160 + 50 and a 4th round loss earns her 330 points, 280 + 50.
Of the 11 Australian women in the qualifying draw 6 of them were defeated in the 1st round and 4 of them in the 2nd round. Arina Rodionova performed best by winning two rounds to make it to the final round.
Those players’ names that are bolded in the list below are the 12 players who have qualified for the women’s singles main draw. The highest seeded player that loses in the final round of qualifying who signs-in to be eligible if a Lucky Loser spot becomes available is the player who replaces any 1st round withdrawal.
The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying was No.4 seed Tatjana MALEK. Next in line for a lucky loser spot is No.7 seed Estrella CABEZA CANDELA.
The final round results of the 2013 Australian Open Women’s qualifying singles event are:
- Lesia TSURENKO  def. Cagla Buyukakcay 6-3 6-1
- Valeria SAVINYKH def. Valeria Solovieva 6-1 6-2
- Greta ARN  def. Tereza Mrdeza 6-4 5-7 6-4
- Vera DUSHEVINA def.  Tatjana MALEK 4-6 7-6(7-3) 6-3
- CHAN Yung-Jan  def.  DUAN Ying-Ying 6-3 6-1
- Vesna DOLONC  def.  Stephanie DUBOIS 6-1 6-0
- Akgul AMANMURADOVA def.  Estrella CABEZA CANDELA 6-3 6-4
- Karin KNAPP  def. Alison Riske 6-4 2-6 6-1
- Luksika KUMKHUM def. Marta Sirotkina 7-6(8-6) 3-6 6-2
- Maria Joao KOEHLER  def. Arina RODIONOVA 6-2 4-6 6-1
- Daria GAVRILOVA def. Zhou Yi-Miao 4-6 6-4 7-5
- Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO  def. Chanel Simmonds 4-6 6-1 8-6
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