The 2012 Madrid Open women’s main draw singles event was drawn at 2pm local time at “La Caja Mágica” i.e. The Magic Box in Madrid, Spain on Friday 4 May. In this post a number of interesting facts about the women’s singles main draw will be provided, including how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and who the seeds are.
There are 64 players in the draw divided up between 8 Qualifiers (Q), 5 Wild Cards (WC) and 51 Direct Acceptances for the only WTA Premier Mandatory tournament for 2012 held on clay courts. The cut-off date for entry was 26 March 2012 and Petra MARTIC of Croatia with a ranking of No.57 that week was the last direct acceptance.
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The official tournament name is the Mutua Madrid Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. As soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will add the names into the projected round of 16 match-ups for the seeds and post the full singles main draw here-> The 2012 Madrid Open Women’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
The Seeds: In a 64-player sized draw there are 16 seeded players in order to keep the 1 seed for each 4 spots in the draw ratio according to tournament draw rules. As opposed to the men’s singles draw where there are 8 BYE’S so the Top 8 seeds begin in the 2nd round, the women’s draw has a full 64-player draw with no BYE’S.
The seeds are selected according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 30 April 2012. The Top 16 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 16 seeds; therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Madrid Open women’s singles seeds are:
- Seeds 1-8: 1-Victoria AZARENKA, 2-Maria SHARAPOVA, 3-Petra KVITOVA, 4-Agnieszka RADWANSKA, 5-Samantha STOSUR, 6-Caroline WOZNIACKI, 7-Marion BARTOLI, 8-LI Na;
- Seeds 9-16: 9-Serena WILLIAMS, 10-Vera ZVONAREVA, 11-Francesca SCHIAVONE, 12-Angelique KERBER, 13-Ana IVANOVIC, 14-Dominika CIBULKOVA, 15-Jelena JANKOVIC and 16-Maria KIRILENKO.
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. Julia GOERGES as the World No.20. If any further seeds are unable to play this major tournament No.21 Lucie SAFAROVA becomes a seed, followed by No.22 Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA.
The Wild Cards: Four of the five women’s wild cards are local players: Silvia SOLER-ESPINOSA, Garbine MUGURUZA BLANCO, Lara ARRUABARRENA-VECINO and Carla SUAREZ NAVARRO, whilst 7-time Grand Slam singles champion and former World No.1 Venus WILLIAMS was also awarded a wild card.
The Qualifiers: The 32-player qualifying tournament begins on Friday 4 May and concludes on Saturday 5 May. As soon as each of the 8 players win their 2nd round of qualifying and therefore qualify for the main draw, OnCourt Advantage will list their names here-> Andrea HLAVACKOVA, Anastasia RODIONOVA, Mathilde JOHANSSON, Johanna LARSSON, Varvara LEPCHENKO, Lourdes DOMINGUEZ LINO, Lucie HRADECKA and Jill CRAYBAS.
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