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Week 39 - WTA500 - WTA500 Tokyo, Japan Hard


Q1: DART, Harriet (GBR) (3) 155 (CH=84 2022) v ISHII, Sayaka (JPN) 617 (CH=600 2023) {18yo JCH=5}



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Harriet won in three 4-6 6-1 6-3

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Q1: DART, Harriet (GBR) (3) 155 def ISHII, Sayaka (JPN) 617 4-6 6-1 6-3

Q2: DART, Harriet (GBR) (3) 155 (CH=84 2022) v KALASHNIKOVA, Oksana (GEO) UNR (CH=156 2010)

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That was closer than expected. Good chance to qualify now.

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Can anyone explain to me who Kalashnikova is and how she got into the draw without a ranking? I see she also got a WC into Guadalajara qualies so I guess she must have some sort of pedigree?

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Kalashnikova is 33 years old, and is really just a doubles player. She is at a career high of 42 in doubles and has won 34 titles, but just 3 at international level (Prague WTA250 this year) and 3 at WTA125 level. She reached the QF at Wimbledonthis year. She did indeed get a WC into qualifying.



-- Edited by the addict on Saturday 23rd of September 2023 10:21:07 AM

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SuperT wrote:

Can anyone explain to me who Kalashnikova is and how she got into the draw without a ranking? I see she also got a WC into Guadalajara qualies so I guess she must have some sort of pedigree?


 She is better at doubles than singles having recently reached 42 in the rankings.



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Only players ranked inside the top 500 can enter WTA500 events. At sign-in, if there are gaps in qualies players like Kalashnikova can fill the slots as on-site alternates as they are Full Members of the WTA by virtue of their doubles rankings/performances, and don't need to be given a wild card.

Non-top 500 singles players and anyone who is only an 'Associate' WTA member can only play an event like Tokyo if they get a wildcard. So that's why you end up with draws like this being full of 'top' doubles players rather than girls ranked 600-900 in singles who have taken a punt on turning up.

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PaulM wrote:

Only players ranked inside the top 500 can enter WTA500 events. At sign-in, if there are gaps in qualies players like Kalashnikova can fill the slots as on-site alternates as they are Full Members of the WTA by virtue of their doubles rankings/performances, and don't need to be given a wild card.

Non-top 500 singles players and anyone who is only an 'Associate' WTA member can only play an event like Tokyo if they get a wildcard. So that's why you end up with draws like this being full of 'top' doubles players rather than girls ranked 600-900 in singles who have taken a punt on turning up.


Thanks Paul, but gosh I had no idea about any of this.  What are the criteria for qualifying as a "Full Member" of the WTA? Is it just top 500 players or does anyone who has been there in the past qualify too?  Or is it more complicated than that?  



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As well as Kalashnikova, Harriet's first round opponent Ishii had a QWC and also Bibiane Schoofs - another doubles player.

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It's a bit more complicated, see Rule XI of the WTA Rulebook

www.wtatennis.com/wta-rules

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Another decent win for Harriet to qualify here. 6-0 6-4

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I hadn't realised it before but Harriet is actually partnering Oksana in the doubles.

L16:- Harriet Dart (GBR) / Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) CR193 (151+42) v Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) / Ellen Perez (AUS) CR41 (19+22) (4)


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Q2: DART, Harriet (GBR) (3) 155 def KALASHNIKOVA, Oksana (GEO) UNR 6-0 6-4

R1: DART, Harriet (GBR) Q 155 (CH=84 2022) v KUDERMETOVA, Veronika ( ) (8) 19 (CH=9 2022)
They have played three times before with Veronika winning in two on all three occasions.

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Given the slots available for the Q places, that's a bit of a shame. But you never know!



-- Edited by PaulM on Sunday 24th of September 2023 07:46:46 AM

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