Latest 22 Dec 2011

Qualifying to feature 15 players in top 100

Qualifying to feature 15 players in top 100

The action in next month’s ASB Classic kicks off with a qualifying draw featuring 15 players in the world’s top 100.
When the tournament’s full field was announced last month, there was a hint of a strong qualifying line up with only players in the top 67 in the world gaining direct entry to the tournament.

Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru (ranked 66 in the world) heads the qualifying field followed by Italy’s Alberta Brianti (71). A number of regular ASB Classic attendees are also in the field including Alize Cornet (France), Sofia Arvidsson (Sweden) and Aravane Rezai (France).

ASB Classic tournament director Richard Palmer says he was delighted when he saw the qualifying list come through from the Women’s Tennis Association.
“I thought to myself that some tournaments would be happy to have that line up as their main draw. Fans can now look forward to eight days of top quality women’s tennis.”

There are 28 players that have made the qualifying draw and four wildcard entries. Four players from the qualifying rounds will gain entry into the main draw of the ASB Classic starting on 2 January at the ASB Tennis Arena.

Full Qualifying Field:
66   Dulgheru, Alexandra (ROU)
71   Brianti, Alberta (ITA)
72   Rybarikova, Magdalena (SVK)
73   Keothavong, Anne (GBR)
74   Parmentier, Pauline B (FRA)
77   Johansson, Mathilde C (FRA)
78   Arvidsson, Sofia (SWE)
82   Oprandi, Romina S (ITA)
83   Razzano, Virginie (FRA)
84   Falconi, Irina (USA)
87   Mirza, Sania (IND)
89   Cornet, Alize (FRA)
92   Barrois, Kristina (GER)
93   Watson, Heather (GBR)
98   Bremond, Iryna (FRA)
103 Birnerova, Eva (CZE)
107 Wozniak, Aleksandra (CAN)
115 Rezai, Aravane (FRA)
116 Hlavackova, Andrea (CZE)
122 Vandeweghe, Coco (USA)
124 Kulikova, Regina (RUS)
127 Lepchenko, Varvara (USA)
128 Sema, Erika (JPN)
136 Riske, Alison (USA)
140 Nara, Kurumi (JPN)
142 Hampton, Jamie L (USA)
143 Pliskova, Karolina (CZE)
149 Craybas, Jill (USA)

Qualifying for the ASB Classic starts on Saturday 31 December and runs for three days, finishing on the first day of the tournament, Monday 2 January. Qualifying will be held at the ASB Tennis Arena on Stanley Street and entry costs $5 (cash only) per day for the Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets for the ASB Classic, featuring the Kia Motors Singles and Doubles, are on sale through Ticketek.

All centre court games for the ASB Classic will be screened live on SKY TV. The action will run uninterrupted from the start of play at 1pm each day through until the last game of the day on SKY Sport 3. Daily highlights packages will feature on Prime.