The 2013 Miami Open main draw women’s singles matches will begin on Tuesday 19 March at 11am local time in Miami. Below OnCourt Advantage details a number of interesting facts about the women’s singles main draw are provided, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.

The women’s singles draw has a 96-player draw consisting of 12 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards, 1 Protected Ranking (Alexandra DULGHERU) and 75 Direct Acceptances of whom 32 become The Seeds. The direct acceptances are the highest 75 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete.  The cut-off date for entry was 4 February 2013 and Aranxta RUS of the Netherlands with a ranking of No.75 that week was the last direct acceptance.

The official Miami main draw ceremony is being held on the Entertainment Stage at 11:30am on Monday 18 March. The full list of the men’s singles draw will be added here-> Miami 2013 Women’s Singles Draw: 1st Round as it happens.

The Seeds:

A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 18 March 2013.

All 32 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 32 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round,  so that they play one round against lower ranked opponent (unseeded player), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.

Only the 64 players who are unseeded play in the first round. If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.

The Wildcards:

All of the 8 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Sunday 17 March as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day.

The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.

The latest announcements of who each wildcard recipient is, will be updated here-> on March 7 wildcards were awarded: Andrea PETKOVIC, Madison KEYS, Victoria DUVAL, Eugenie BOUCHARD, Garbine MUGURUZA, Anett KONTAVEIT and Ajla TOMLJANOVIC. Monica PUIG is most likely the eighth and final wildcard.

The Qualifiers:

The 48-player qualifying tournament will begin on Monday 18 March and is played over two days. The 12 qualifiers names will be drawn and added to complete the main singles draw in the evening of  Tuesday 19 March.

Full details about how the qualifying draw works, who the seeds and wildcards are, what prize money and ranking points qualifying players earn will be covered here-> Miami 2013 Women’s Singles Draw: Qualifying. The full list of the women’s qualifying singles draw will be added here-> Miami 2013 Women’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round as it happens.

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