The 2011 Canadian Open is the 9th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ in 2011 for the women’s professional tennis tour. The 2011 Canadian Open is being held at the Rexall Centre at York University in Toronto. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 12 hours to the local times in Toronto listed below.
The Canadian Open is now called the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank due to title sponsorship naming rights is one of the major tournaments on the WTA calendar. The 2011 Rogers Cup is a major tournament because it one of only five WTA Premier FIVE category tournaments, which combined with the 4 WTA Premier Mandatory category tournaments form the WTA equivalent to the men’s 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category tournaments.
Each year this event alternates on where it is held in Canada between Toronto and Montreal. The odd numbered years are played in Toronto and the even numbered years are played in Montreal. The women’s qualifying singles event begins on Saturday August 6 with a 48-player qualifying singles draw (in 2010 there was a 64-player qualifying draw), as compared to the men’s qualifying draw, which is only a 28-player draw.
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The Toronto centre court has a seating capacity of 10,300 and the total prize money for the 2011 tournament is 2,050,000 US dollars, with the prize money for winner of the Women’s Singles Final being $360,000. The singles event has a 64-draw containing 56 players consisting of 44 direct acceptances, 6 Qualifiers, 4 Wild Cards, 2 Special Entries and 8 Byes.
There will be 16 seeded players of which only the Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round. Therefore, 48 players play in the 1st round with the 24 winners joining the Top 8 seeds in the 2nd round. The 16 seeds are selected according to the WTA rankings as at 1 August 2011.
The 2010 Canadian Open Women’s singles champion was No.2 seed Caroline WOZNIACKI who defeated No.8 seed Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-2 to win her first Canadian Open singles title. The 1.77m Wozniacki from Denmark is the current singles champion for 5 of the 9 major Premier category tournaments. The 21-year-old Wozniacki has won 17 WTA singles titles including 5 already this year and 6 in 2010. Pictured above Wozniacki has set the ball in place to strike during her service action at the 2011 Rome Open.
Wozniacki became the only the 20th woman to be ranked No.1 since the computer rankings began on November 3, 1975. Wozniacki is in 9th place for highest number of weeks spent at No.1 with 43 weeks, which is a longer time than former World No.1′s still playing – Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic spent at No.1.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update you of the changes in later posts of these changes.
This is how the WTA ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players for each round:
- The winner earns 900 points + $360,000;
- The runner-up earns 620 points + $180,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 395 + $90,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 225 + $45,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 125 + $20,000;
- The *16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 70 + $10,275;
- The **24 players who lose in the 1st round earn 1 point + $5,400;
- The 6 players who qualify earn 30 points for qualifying;
- The 6 players who lose in the final round of qualifying earn 20 points + $ 2,000;
- The 12 players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn 12 points + $1,000;
- The 24 players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive 1 point + $475.
**The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they got to the 1st round. A player, who qualifies for the main draw and then loses the 1st round earns 30 points. In the women’s Canadian Open a wild card recipient is awarded 1 ranking point if she loses her 1st round match, whereas in the men’s event a wild card does NOT earn any ranking points for a 1st round loss.
From the 2nd round onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 30 points for qualifying. Therefore, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 70 points for making the 2nd round plus 30 points for qualifying i.e. 100 ranking points in total.
*The Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round. If one of the Top 8 seeds loses their first match (in the 2nd round), they are only awarded 1 WTA ranking point and NOT 70 points. So, they are treated as a 1st round loser because they did not win a match even though they were playing in the 2nd round.
A Lucky Loser who loses in the 2nd round of the main draw earns 20 points for winning through to the final round of qualifying in addition to the points allocated per round i.e. 70 points, for a total of 90.
The 2011 Canadian Open schedule of play for the entire event is:
- Saturday 6 August: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 7 August: Qualifying 2nd or final round from 10am;
- Monday 8 August: Main Draw 1st round from 11am and 7pm;
- Tuesday 9 August: 1st & 2nd round from 11am and 7pm;
- Wednesday 10 August: 2nd round from 11am and 7pm;
- Thursday 11 August: Round of 16 from 11am and 7pm;
- Friday 12 August: Quarter Finals from 11am and 7pm;
- Saturday 13 August: 1st Semi Final at 11am & 2nd Semi Final at 6:30pm; and
- Sunday 14 August: The Women’s Singles Final at 11am.
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