The 2012 Indian Wells Open women’s main draw singles matches begin on Wednesday 7 March at 11am local time in the Southern California Desert in the USA. In this post a number of interesting facts about the women’s singles main draw will be provided, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and who the seeds are.
The official draw is being held on Monday 5 March at 1pm on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Stage. There are 96 players in the draw divided up between 12 Qualifiers (Q), 8 Wild Cards (WC) and 76 Direct Acceptances of which the Top 32 ranked players will be the 32 seeds. The cut-off date for entry was 23 January 2012 and Kimiko DATE-KRUMM of Japan with a ranking of No.79 that week was the last direct acceptance.
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Indian Wells is a WTA Premier Mandatory category tournament played on Plexipave hard courts from March 6 to 18. The official tournament name is the BNP Paribas Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. As soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will add the names into the projected 3rd round match-ups for the seeds and post the full singles main draw here-> The 2012 Indian Wells Open Women’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
The Seeds: In a 128-player sized draw there are 32 seeded players in order to keep the 1 seed for each 4 spots in the draw ratio according to tournament draw rules. Indian Wells has a 96-player draw so the seeds all receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 32 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round. Only the 64 players who are unseeded play in the first round and the 32 winners of the first round take on the 32 seeds in the 2nd round.
The seeds are selected according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 27 February 2012. The Top 32 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 32 seeds; therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced. No.10 Andrea PETKOVIC and No.11 Serena WILLIAMS have been announced as not being able to compete due to injuries.
The 2012 Indian Wells Open women’s singles seeds are:
- Seeds 1-8: 1-Victoria AZARENKA, 2-Maria SHARAPOVA, 3-Petra KVITOVA, 4-Caroline WOZNIACKI, 5-Agnieszka RADWANSKA, 6-Samantha STOSUR, 7-Marion BARTOLI, 8-LI Na;
- Seeds 9-16: 9-Vera ZVONAREVA, 10-Francesca SCHIAVONE, 11-Sabine LISICKI, 12-Jelena JANKOVIC, 13-Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA, 14-Julia GOERGES, 15-Ana IVANOVIC, 16-Dominika CIBULKOVA;
- Seeds 17-24: 17-PENG Shuai, 18-Angelique KERBER, 19-Daniela HANTUCHOVA, 20-Maria KIRILENKO, 21-Roberta VINCI, 22-Yanina WICKMAYER, 23-Lucie SAFAROVA, 24-Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES; and
- Seeds 25-32: 25-Svetlana KUZNETSOVA, 26-Monica NICULESCU, 27-Flavia PENNETTA, 28-Petra CETKOVSKA, 29-Kaia KANEPI, 30-Nadia PETROVA, 31-ZHENG Jie, 32-Christina MCHALE.
If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their first match I will update the seeded players list above straight away. That seed would be replaced by the next highest ranked direct acceptance i.e. Sara ERRANI as the World No.36 as No.35 Kim CLIJSTERS is out injured. If any further seeds are unable to play this compulsory major tournaments No.37 Mona BARTHEL becomes a seed, followed by No.38 Polona HERCOG then No.39 Maria Jose MARTINEZ SANCHEZ.
The Wild Cards: The 8 wild cards were announced on Wednesday 29 February and went to Indian Sania MIRZA, Poland’s Urszula RADWANSKA and six Americans Jill CRAYBAS, Jamie HAMPTON, Coco VANDEWEGHE, Sloane STEPHENS, Irina FALCONI and Lauren DAVIS.
The Qualifiers: The 48-player qualifying tournament begins on Monday 5 March and concludes on Tuesday 6 March. As soon as each of the 12 players win their 2nd round of qualifying and therefore qualify for the main draw, OnCourt Advantage will list their names here-> Kristina BARROIS, Casey DELLACQUA, Aleksandra WOZNIAK, Michaella KRAJICEK, Varvara LEPCHENKO, Alexandra PANOVA, Lesia TSURENKO, Greta ARN, Olga GOVORTSOVA, Eleni DANIILIDOU, Jessica PEGULA and ZHANG Shuai.
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