Friday, May 25, 2012

Qualifiers placed for French Open

After three rounds of play, the following women have qualified to compete in the main draw of the French Open:

Kiki Bertens
Chan Yung-Jan
Yaroslava Shvedova
Alexa Glatch
Heather Watson
Eva Birnerova
Dinah Pfizenmaier
Heidi El Tabakh
Lauren Davis
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
Karolina Pliskova
Zhang Shuai

Bertens was the top seed in the qualifying rounds.

There are also eight wild cards:

Caroline Garcia
Kristina Mladenovic
Melanie Oudin
Irena Pavlovic
Claire Feuerstein
Ashleigh Barty
Aravane Rezai
Victoria Larriere

Heather Watson, known for getting terrible first round draws, faces Elena Vesnina in the opening round. No one runs as hot and cold as the Russian, so Watson has a chance. Should she run into Vesnina on a bad day, or otherwise defeat her, she would then have to play either Lucie Hradecka or Julia Goerges. It's not the same as drawing Azarenka right away, but it's no easy draw, either.


Todd.Spiker said...

Bertens hasn't played since she won the title in Fes as a qualifier, so her three-win qualifying run means she's on an eleven-match winning streak.

Rezai keeps on getting these wild cards (this makes it three slams in a row). I wonder if the French federation's patience is getting close to its limit?

Diane said...

Tough opener for Rezai, too--Begu. Begu's been down lately, but she could rise to this occasion.

Yes, I imagine the French Federation is near the end of its rope. Between Bartoli and Rezai, they must have a lot of meetings :)