W&SFG Women’s Open Qualifying Field Stronger than 2008 Main Draw

August 5, 2009 10:00 AM

MASON – The initial qualifier field announced today for the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open is stronger than the main draw field for the 2008 W&SFG Women’s Open. Last year’s main draw had a cutoff of 99, while this year’s qualifier field has a cutoff of 90.

The acceptance list for the women’s qualifier includes a young American who upset current world No. 5 Jelena Jankovic en route to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon this year, two former W&SFG Women’s Open main-draw semifinalists and six players who’ve reached a singles final on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this year.

“The qualifier is the warm-up act to the main attraction, but since the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open is at the Premier Level on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour the quality of tennis in the qualifier here will be extraordinary,” said tournament director Bruce Flory. “We expect a few changes to this list, but this is an excellent start.”

The women’s qualifier will feature a 32-player draw and the eight women who win three matches in the qualifying rounds will be placed in the main draw. Women’s qualifying is August 8 & 9 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason and tickets are $5 and free for kids 14 and under.  

Here are the 28 women who have gained direct acceptance into the qualifier and their rankings as of July 20:

Player

From

Rnk

Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia

RUS

35

Rezai, Aravane

FRA

39

Vinci, Roberta

ITA

45

Groenefeld, Anna-Lena

GER

50

Czink, Melinda

HUN

52

Wickmayer, Yanina

BEL

55

Garbin, Tathiana

ITA

56

Shvedova, Yaroslava

KAZ

57

Groth, Jarmila

SVK

58

Kvitova, Petra

CZE

60

Peer, Shahar

ISR

62

Coin, Julie

FRA

63

Morita, Ayumi

JPN

64

Govortsova, Olga

BLR

65

Bondarenko, Kateryna

UKR

68

Radwanska, Urszula

POL

70

Oudin, Melanie

USA

71

Craybas, Jill

USA

73

Dulgheru, Alexandra

ROU

74

Malek, Tatjana

GER

77

Kutuzova, Viktoriya

UKR

78

Mattek-Sands, Bethanie

USA

81

Mirza, Sania

IND

83

Lepchenko, Varvara

USA

86

Larcher de Brito, Michelle

POR

90

Kudryavtseva, Alla

RUS

91

Dominguez Lino, Lourdes

ESP

94

 

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