Dubai to host Australian Open 2021 women’s qualifying

  • Tennis Australia

Australian Open 2021 women’s qualifying will take place at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium and Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from Sunday 10 to Wednesday 13 January.

“We appreciate the assistance of our friends and colleagues in Dubai for hosting the Australian Open 2021 women’s qualifying event due to the current travel restrictions into Australia,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

“From the beginning of all our planning for the AO our objective has been to provide the players with as many competition opportunities, and the ability to earn prize money, as we possibly could.

“I’d like to thank the Brandplus team of Bharat Godkhindi, Kay Godkhindi and Sagari Godkhindi for their ongoing support and friendship in organising this event.”

The decision to host qualifying offshore is an innovative solution for the AO and will see 128 women compete for sixteen qualifying spots in the Australian Open main draw held in Melbourne from 8-21 February.

Dubai Sports Council, the approving authority for all sports and cultural events added, ”Over the past few months, Dubai’s credentials as one of the leading host of top international sports events has been on display for the world, first with the Indian Premier League and then with golf’s European Tour.

“Now, we are really proud to welcome 128 tennis players from around the globe for the women’s qualifying of the Australian Open 2021. The decision to host these events here shows the global sports fraternity’s confidence in Dubai’s ability to deliver top notch tournaments in completely safe surroundings in these challenging times.

“Tennis players are a regular here, both for training and time off, and they know what Dubai has to offer. We are sure they will be looking forward to the qualifying tournament here and giving off their best in a totally safe environment, with all the necessary COVID-19 precautions and protocols in place.”

Timea Babos (HUN), two-time Australian Open and Roland Garros doubles champion and one half of the 2020 WTA Doubles Team of the Year is among the entrants in the qualifying field. Former world No.5 and Australian Open 2014 semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) and Stefanie Vogele (SUI), who is vying to make her eighth Australian Open main draw appearance, will also compete.

Other high-profile contenders include Australian Open 2012 quarterfinalist and former world No.1 doubles player Sara Errani (ITA), former world No.20 Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU), Wimbledon 2010 semifinalist and US Open 2020 quarterfinalist Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) and former world No.35 CiCi Bellis (USA).

The youngest competitors on the entry list include two former Australian Open girls’ singles champions – Clara Tauson (DEN) and Liang En-Shuo (TPE). The 18-year-old Tauson, who won the AO girls’ title in 2019, is the first Danish player to top the junior rankings and made her Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros this year. Liang, a 20-year-old who won the AO 2018 girls’ title, will also travel to Dubai.

World No.161 Whitney Osuigwe (USA), also a former world No.1 junior who made her first Australian Open main draw in 2019, is another one to keep an eye on.  

Nine Australian women will compete in Dubai with Kimberly Birrell (Qld) and Ellen Perez (NSW) joining qualifying wildcards Seone Mendez (NSW), Abbie Myers (NSW), Storm Sanders (WA), Ivana Popovic (NSW), Olivia Gadecki (Qld), Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz (SA), Alexandra Bozovic (NSW) have also been included in the qualifying field.

AO 2021 women’s qualifying wildcards – 10-13 January (as at 29 December 2020)

Abbie Myers (NSW)

Seone Mendez (NSW)

Ivana Popovic (NSW)

Olivia Gadecki (Qld)

Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz (SA)

Alexandra Bozovic (NSW)

Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva (AND)

Wildcard - TBD

Players will need to win three qualifying matches to qualify for the main draw and all matches are best of three sets. Following the event the 16 qualifiers will be joined by a further six alternate players and travel to Australia to undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine with other main draw players.

The qualifying draw will take place at 4:00 pm local time (GMT+4) on Saturday 9 January and will be available here.

Live scoring and live streaming of qualifying where available will be hosted via ausopen.com and the AO app.

 

Women's qualifying entry list

 

 

 

Ranking

First Name

Last Name

Nation

103

Aliona

Bolsova

ESP

104

Kaja

Juvan

SLO

107

Oceane

Dodin

FRA

110

Greet

Minnen

BEL

111

Anna-Lena

Friedsam

GER

113

Katarzyna

Kawa

POL

114

Anna

Kalinskaya

RUS

115

Timea

Babos

HUN

116

Stefanie

Voegele

SUI

118

Katarina

Zavatska

UKR

119

Irina

Bara

ROU

120

Tereza

Martincova

CZE

121

Catherine

McNally

USA

122

Ysaline

Bonaventure

BEL

124

Vitalia

Diatchenko

RUS

125

Margarita

Gasparyan

RUS

127

Liudmila

Samsonova

RUS

128

Mayar

Sherif

EGY

131

Sara

Errani

ITA

132

Elisabetta

Cocciaretto

ITA

133

Catherine

Bellis

USA

134

Olga

Govortsova

BLR

135

Anna Karolina

Schmiedlova

SVK

136

Tsvetana

Pironkova

BUL

137

Mihaela

Buzarnescu

ROU

138

Viktorija

Golubic

SUI

139

Viktoriya

Tomova

BUL

141

Eugenie

Bouchard

CAN

142

Renata

Zarazua

MEX

143

Francesca

Di Lorenzo

USA

144

Monica

Niculescu

ROU

145

Natalia

Vikhlyantseva

RUS

146

Lesia

Tsurenko

UKR

147

Kristina

Kucova

SVK

149

Barbara

Haas

AUT

150

Harriet

Dart

GBR

151

Caroline

Dolehide

USA

152

Clara

Tauson

DEN

153

Xinyu

Wang

CHN

154

Usue Maitane

Arconada

USA

155

Kamilla

Rakhimova

RUS

156

Magdalena

Frech

POL

157

Leonie

Kung

SUI

158

Sachia

Vickery

USA

158 SR

Kimberly

Birrell

AUS

159

Elena-Gabriela

Ruse

ROU

160

Kurumi

Nara

JPN

161

Whitney

Osuigwe

USA

162

Cristina

Bucsa

ESP

163

Anhelina

Kalinina

UKR

165

Lara

Arruabarrena

ESP

167

Giulia

Gatto-Monticone

ITA

168

Jaqueline

Cristian

ROU

171 SR

Rebecca

Marino

CAN

175

Veronica

Cepede Royg

PAR

176

Lesley

Pattinama Kerkhove

NED

177

Allie

Kiick

USA

178

Cagla

Buyukakcay

TUR

179

Antonia

Lottner

GER

180

Ankita

Raina

IND

181

Varvara

Lepchenko

USA

182

Mayo

Hibi

JPN

183

Olga

Danilovic

SRB

184

Yuki

Naito

JPN

185

Xiaodi

You

CHN

186

Maria Camila

Osorio Serrano

COL

187

Chloe

Paquet

FRA

189

Martina

Di Giuseppe

ITA

190

Georgina

Garcia Perez

ESP

191

Natalija

Kostic

SRB

192

Mariam

Bolkvadze

GEO

193

Laura Ioana

Paar

ROU

195

Samantha

Murray Sharan

GBR

196

Marina

Melnikova

RUS

197

Indy

De Vroome

NED

198

Asia

Muhammad

USA

199

Bibiane

Schoofs

NED

200

Jia-Jing

Lu

CHN

201

Robin

Anderson

USA

202

Isabella

Shinikova

BUL

203

Rebecca

Sramkova

SVK

204

Na-Lae

Han

KOR

205

Gabriela

Talaba

ROU

206

Reka-Luca

Jani

HUN

207

Xinyun

Han

CHN

208

Daniela

Seguel

CHI

208 SR

Karman

Thandi

IND

209

Jana

Fett

CRO

210

Elitsa

Kostova

BUL

211

Chihiro

Muramatsu

JPN

212

Pemra

Ozgen

TUR

213

Richel

Hogenkamp

NED

216

Anastasiya

Komardina

RUS

217

Ekaterine

Gorgodze

GEO

218

Claire

Liu

USA

219

Danielle

Lao

USA

220

Dalma

Galfi

HUN

221

Daria

Snigur

UKR

222

Maja

Chwalinska

POL

223

En-Shuo

Liang

TPE

223 SR

Naiktha

Bains

GBR

224

Eva

Guerrero Alvarez

ESP

225

Valeria

Savinykh

RUS

226

Julia

Grabher

AUT

227

Victoria

Kan

RUS

229

Yue

Yuan

CHN

230

Tereza

Mrdeza

CRO

231

Aleksandra

Krunic

SRB

232

Hailey

Baptiste

USA

233

Nuria

Parrizas Diaz

ESP

234

Harmony

Tan

FRA

235

Ellen

Perez

AUS

236

Clara

Burel

FRA

237

Marie

Benoit

BEL

238

Kyoka

Okamura

JPN

239

Gabriela

Ce

BRA

240

Jovana

Jovic

SRB

241

Francesca

Jones

GBR

243

Dalila

Jakupovic

SLO