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    WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    Tournament: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    Dates: Feb 17 - Feb 22, 2020
    Level: Premier
    Total Financial Commitment: $2,643,670
    Surface: Hard

    2 Pliskova, Karolina (CZE)
    4 Halep, Simona (ROU)
    8 Bencic, Belinda (SUI)
    9 Bertens, Kiki (NED)
    11 Sabalenka, Aryna (BLR)
    12 Konta, Johanna (GBR)
    14 Kenin, Sofia (USA)
    15 Martic, Petra (CRO)
    16 Vondrousova, Marketa (CZE)
    17 Mertens, Elise (BEL)
    19 Riske, Alison (USA)
    21 Muchova, Karolina (CZE)
    22 Yastremska, Dayana (UKR)
    23 Sakkari, Maria (GRE)
    25 Anisimova, Amanda (USA)
    26 Kontaveit, Anett (EST)
    27 Collins, Danielle (USA)
    28 Wang, Qiang (CHN)
    29 Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia (RUS)
    WC Clijsters, Kim (BEL)
    WC Jabeur, Ons (TUN)
    WC Muguruza, Garbiñe (ESP)
    WC Svitolina, Elina (UKR)
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    Qualifying Draw

    [1] Julia Goerges (GER)
    vs Camila Giorgi (ITA)
    Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)vs Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
    Anna Danilina (KAZ) vs Varvara Flink (RUS)
    Bibiane Schoofs (NLD) vs [11] Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

    [2] Shuai Zhang (CHN) vs Misaki Doi (JPN)
    Ana Bogdan (ROU)vs Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)
    Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) vs WC Luisa Stefani (BRA)
    Magdalena Frech (POL) vs [10] Anna Blinkova (RUS)

    [3] Saisai Zheng (CHN) vs Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
    Elitsa Kostova (BUL) vs Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA)
    Kristina Kucova (SVK) vs Katarina Zavatska (UKR)
    Angelina Gabueva (RUS) vs [8] Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)

    [4] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs Jasmine Paolini (ITA)
    Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) vs Darya Kasatkina (RUS)
    Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) vs Xinyun Han (CHN)
    Xiao-Di You (CHN) vs [7] Polona Hercog (SLO)

    [5] Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) vs WC Sarah Beth Grey (GBR)
    Tereza Martincova (CZE) va Jil TEICHMANN (SUI)
    Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs Viktorija Golubic (SUI)
    Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs [12] Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO)

    [6] Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) vs Chloe Paquet (FRA)
    WC Tena Lukas (CRO) vs Liudmila Samsonova (RUS)
    WC Vera Pursnani (GBR) vs Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)
    Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs [9] Jennifer Brady (USA)
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  3. #3

    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    WC Clijsters, Kim (BEL)
    WC Jabeur, Ons (TUN)
    WC Muguruza, Garbiñe (ESP)
    WC Svitolina, Elina (UKR)
    Man, that's a strong batch of WCs.

    I get that Svitolina has had some early losses, but it's still odd that she didn't just sign up regularly, and pull out if she already had enough matches.

  4. #4

    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    The draw is out! Clijsters will start her third career against Kiki Bertens. Tough match.

  5. #5

    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    MDS.pdf

    Here's a link to the draw. Also here: https://www.wtatennis.com/tournament...bai/2020/draws

  6. #6

    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    Revised Draw Below in Post # 14


    Main Draw

    [1] Simona Halep (ROU)
    /Bye
    Alison Riske (USA) vs WC JABEUR, Ons TUN
    Elise Mertens vs Wang Qiang
    [7] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) vs Maria Sakkari

    [3] WC Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs WC Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
    Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) vs Anastasija Sevastova (LVA)
    Qualifier vs Dayana Yastremska (UKR)
    WC Kim Clijsters (BEL) vs [6] Kiki Bertens (NLD)

    [8] Petra Martic (CRO) vs Qualifier
    Amanda Anisimova (USA) vs Barbora Strycova (CZE)
    Qualifier vs Anett Kontaveit (EST)
    Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [4] Belinda Bencic (SUI)

    [5] Sofia Kenin (USA) vs SE Elena Rybakina (RUS)
    Karolina Muchova (CZE) vs Qualifier
    Qualifier vs Qualifier
    [2] Karolina Pliskova (CZE)/Bye
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  7. #7

    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    That's a very strong draw.
    Roger forever

  8. #8

    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    I'm confused about how Rybakina is a SE for this tournament when she doesn't even appear to have been in the Qualifying Draw, but hopefully she and Bertens will get some kind of preferred scheduling since they made the St. Petersburg final.

  9. #9

    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    I saw at least three different versions of this draw before the WTA posted this version on Twitter. One didn't have Rybakina at all.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





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    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNU View Post
    I'm confused about how Rybakina is a SE for this tournament when she doesn't even appear to have been in the Qualifying Draw, but hopefully she and Bertens will get some kind of preferred scheduling since they made the St. Petersburg final.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    I saw at least three different versions of this draw before the WTA posted this version on Twitter. One didn't have Rybakina at all.
    The SE process is always impossible to remember. I just tried to do some research. It turns out, if a tournament has SE spots, they actually have to contact any players who might qualify for that spot playing in the previous week to see if they want it.

    D. Special Exempt Process
    1) A list of possible eligible players is compiled by the player services department by
    Wednesday/Thursday of the current week for the next week’s tournaments.

    2) The list of eligible players is supplied to the supervisors where the players are
    competing. The supervisors need to contact each player to inquire if the player
    is interested in the special exempt position and then contact player relations immediately
    following the player’s decision to remove himself from consideration for
    any tournament for which he is eligible.

    3) If the player is interested in an event, player relations coordinates with the supervisors
    at both events until the SE positions are filled.

    4) If the main draw is to be made before a potential special exempt player plays on
    Friday, then such place(s) shall be drawn in the same manner as qualifi er, i.e.,
    four qualifi ers (“Q”) and one or two “SE” depending on whether there are one or
    two possibilities. Each of the fi ve or six slots are marked “Q/SE.” As soon as the
    “SE” match results are known, either the “SE” or the next direct acceptance (if the
    SE lost) is randomly drawn and inserted into the draw.
    (I looked on Wikipedia, which led me to the ATP rulebook, but I imagine it's the same.

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    Still looking for a simpler explanation. Here was an attempt made in an article about Ebden:

    Many tennis fans, even those with encyclopedic knowledge of the game, are more than likely not familiar with the term. The concept is further complicated by a variety of circumstances that affect whether a player can qualify for a Special Exempt, such as when the qualifying draw for the next tournament he is planning to play is going to be made.

    Rather than put readers to sleep with exacting details, generally ATP events have Special Exempt (at most, two) places in the draw that are open for a qualified performer. In the case of the 30-year-old Australian, his success in reaching the semifinals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (before losing to Jeremy Chardy of France, 6-4, 7-5), made him eligible for a Special Exempt.

    Ebden explained, “I have been eligible for a Special Exempt in the past, but it has never worked out. There have been a number of reasons why. In one case, the tournament was on a different surface than I had been playing on. In another, the tournament was on another continent, so it wasn’t practical to try to get there. Last summer, I was a finalist at Newport, and could have received a Special Exempt in Atlanta, but I had qualified for the tournament and I played seven matches, so I decided to use the week to rest. Halle is my first Special Exempt.”

    Because of the complexity of the rules, there is more to Ebden’s Special Exempt status. “There were two Special Exempts open, one was at Halle and the other was at Queen’s,” Ebden said. “I was the highest ranked player and had the first choice. Ordinarily, I would go to Queen’s, but Jeremy (Chardy) is a good friend and he lives in London. That’s why I decided to come here and let him play at home.” (Chardy, by the way, is a Queen’s quarterfinalist.)
    https://www.ubitennis.net/2018/06/eb...-exempt-halle/

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    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie02123 View Post
    The SE process is always impossible to remember. I just tried to do some research. It turns out, if a tournament has SE spots, they actually have to contact any players who might qualify for that spot playing in the previous week to see if they want it.


    (I looked on Wikipedia, which led me to the ATP rulebook, but I imagine it's the same.
    Thanks Charlie. I didn't realize this, but that makes much more sense. I just looked and though I don't get quite how this works because I only briefly glanced at the various parts of the rule, I did find it in the WTA rulebook to get clarification. And the definition of special exempt changed from 2019 to 2020. In 2019, SE status was only available for WTA International level tournaments.

    FYI, both are PDFs. Ctrl + F and searching for "special exempt" is your friend if you actually want to look

    WTA Rulebook 2019

    WTA Ruleboook 2020

  13. #13

    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    Bertens is out
    Clijsters will play Garbiñe.
    Elina will play a Qualifier/LL

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-t...source=twitter
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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  14. #14

    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020

    REVISED Singles MD

    Simona Halep (1) (ROU)/Bye
    Alison Riske (USA) vs Ons Jabeur (WC) (TUN)
    Elise Mertens (BEL) vs Qiang Wang (CHN)
    Maria Sakkari (GRC) vs Aryna Sabalenka (7) (BLR)

    Elina Svitolina (3WC) (UKR) vs Qualifier/LL
    Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) vs Anastasija Sevastova (LVA)
    Qualifier vs Dayana Yastremska (UKR)
    Kim Clijsters (WC) (BEL) vs [9] Garbine Muguruza (WC) (ESP)

    Petra Martic (8) (CRO) vs Qualifier
    Amanda Anisimova (USA) vs Barbora Strycova (CZE)
    Qualifier vs Anett Kontaveit (EST)
    Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs Belinda Bencic (4) (SUI)

    Sofia Kenin (5) (USA) vs Elena Rybakina (SE) (RUS)
    Karolina Muchova (CZE) vs Qualifier
    Qualifier vs Qualifier
    Karolina Pliskova (2) (CZE)/Bye
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





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    Re: WTA P Dubai 2/17 - 2/22 2020


    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





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