The Road to Australian Open 2011: Women’s Singles

The 2011 Australian Open is the first major tournament of the year on the women’s professional tennis tour. In preparation to peak at the Australian Open players will choose different paths to gain enough form and match play. The following women’s singles tournaments make up the road to the Australian Open.

In order of when they commence they are:

  1. Brisbane International – in Brisbane Australia from December 31 to January 8.
  2. Hyundai Hopman Cup – in Perth, Australia from January 1 to 8.
  3. Heineken Open - in Auckland, New Zealand from January 1 to 8.
  4. Hong Kong Tennis Classic – in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong from January 5 to 8.
  5. Medibank International – in Sydney, Australia from January 9 to 15.
  6. Moorilla Hobart International – in Hobart, Australia from January 7 to 15.
  7. Australian Open – in Melbourne, Australia from January 12-30.

Further details below about each event including links on how to buy tickets, event Facebook and Twitter pages:

  1. The 2011 Brisbane International is a WTA International category tournament, played at the Queensland Tennis Centre on hard courts in Queensland, Australia. The qualifying singles event is held on December 31 and January 1. The 32-player main draw event runs from January 2 to 8. To buy tickets click here. The total prize money is AUD $220,000. The Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday January 8 at 7pm with the winner earning 280 WTA ranking points and $37,000. For the Facebook page click Brisbane and for the Twitter page click @BrisbaneTennis.
  2. The 2011 Hopman Cup is the ITF Mixed Team Championships exhibition tournament played at Western Australia’s Burswood Dome in Perth, Australia on an indoor hard court. This 8-team round robin event runs from January 1 to 8. To buy tickets click here. The total prize money is AUD $1,000,000 and the Final between the winner of Group A and Group B will be played on Saturday January 8 at 3pm with the winning country sharing $240,000. For the Facebook page click HopmanCup and for the Twitter page click @hopmancup.
  3. The 2011 Hong Kong Tennis Classic …more details to follow ASAP. To buy tickets click here. For the Facebook page click HongKong
  4. The 2011 Heineken Open…more details to follow ASAP. To buy tickets click here. For the Facebook page click Auckland and for the Twitter page click @ASBClassicNZ.
  5. The 2011 Sydney International is a WTA Tour Premier category tournament, played at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on hard courts in New South Wales, Australia. The 30-player main draw event runs from January 9 to 15. To buy tickets click here. The total prize money is AUD $600,000 and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Friday January 14 at 7:30pm with the winner earning 470 WTA ranking points and $98,500. For the Facebook page click Sydney and for the Twitter page click @SydneyTennis.
  6. The 2011 Hobart International…more details to follow ASAP. To buy tickets click here. For the Facebook page click Hobart and for the Twitter page click @HobartTennis.
  7. The 2011 Australian Open…more details to follow ASAP. To buy tickets click here. For the Facebook page click AustralianOpen and for the Twitter page click @AustralianOpen.

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.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for full coverage of every Grand Slam tournament and every major women’s and men’s tennis tournament on the WTA Tour and ATP Tours. Click this link for further details about the Australian Open 2011: January 12-30.

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