Rio 2016: Errani, Cichi’s and the XXXI Olympics draws


Our Sara Errani is ready to chase her dream of winning an Olympic medal for the Italia Team @Rio 2016 both in Singles and Doubles with teammate Roberta Vinci

Finally the rollercoaster from Montréal to Rio de Janeiro is over, as our Sara Errani has reached the Olympic Tennis Centre of the Barra Olympic Park for the XXXI edition of the Olympic Games – her luggages will follow later though. So let’s head back into the competition to chase the dream of an Olympic medal for the Italia Team.

Following a unique journey of hope, along with her teammate Roberta Vinci, and other colleagues who underwent the same trip complications due to a major delay back at Montréal airport, our  Sara Errani is now in the zone to recover from the endless flights and practice while waiting for the main draws to be celebrated today at 11am local time.

Meanwhile, the Direction of the Olympic tournament made the Olympics Seeds official yesterday, following  the latest world rankings both in Singles and Doubles, which gives our Sara Errani the n.20 position in Singles and our Cichi’s the n.8 seed in Doubles – Vinci’s Singles ranking (8) + Errani’s Doubles ranking (23) = 31.

In order to allow all the fans to fully understand both Sarita’s Singles and Cichi’s Doubles runs, let’s break it down all the basic rules provided by the ITF Official Rulesbook:

  • If there are two (2) players/teams from the same country they shall be drawn into different halves of the Draw. If there are three (3) or four (4) players from the same country they shall be drawn into different quarters of the Draw (ie. Sara and Roberta won’t have both teams from USA or Czech Republic or else in their side of the draw) 
  • Any vacancy created by the withdrawal of a seed prior to the release of the Order of Play for the first day of play shall be filled by the next highest ranked player/team eligible to be seeded. Any vacancy created by the withdrawal of a seed after the release of the Order of Play for the first day of play shall be filled by eligible Alternates.
  • The selection of seeds for the Doubles events will be based on the latest available recognised international singles and doubles computer rankings. The number and position of Seeds shall be as follows: Seed n.1 on line 1, Seed n.2 on line 32, Seed n.3-4 drawn on lines 9 and 24, Seed n.5-8 drawn on lines 8, 16, 17 and 25.

For your best information, here is the Women’s Doubles Seeds for the XXXI Olympics of Rio de Janeiro 2016:

Women’s Doubles

Seed Team
No. 1 Serena Williams/Venus Williams (USA)
No. 2 Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
No. 3 Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan (TPE)
No. 4 Garbine Muguruza/Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
No. 5 Timea Bacsinszky/Martina Hingis (SUI)
No. 6 Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
No. 7 Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS)
No. 8 Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (ITA)


Here is also the full entry list for the Women’s Doubles Olympic draw, composed of 32 National teams:

Australia Daria Gavrilova/Samantha Stosur – Anastasia Rodionova/Arina Rodionova (ITF)
Brazil Paula Cristina Goncalves/Teliana Pereira (ITF)
Canada Eugenie Bouchard/Gabriela Dabrowski (ITF)
China, P.R. Xu Yi-Fan/Zheng Saisai – Peng Shuai/Zhang Shuai
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan – Chuang Chia-Jung/Hsieh Su-Wei
Czech Republic Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka – Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova
France Kristina Mladenovic/Caroline Garcia
Germany Angelique Kerber/Andrea Petkovic – Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Laura Siegemund
Great Britain Johanna Konta/Heather Watson
Hungary Timea Babos/Reka-Luca Jani (ITF)
India Sania Mirza/Prarthana Thombare
Italy Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci
Japan Misaki Doi/Eri Hozumi (ITF)
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva
Poland Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Paula Kania (ITF)
Romania Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu – Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ITF)
Russia Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina – Daria Kasatkina/Svetlana Kuznetsova
Serbia Jelena Jankovic/Aleksandra Krunic
Spain Garbine Muguruza/Carla Suarez Navarro – Anabel Medina Garrigues/Arantxa Parra-Santonja
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky/Martina Hingis
Ukraine Olga Savchuk/Elina Svitolina – Lyudmyla Kichenok/Nadiia Kichenok (ITF)
USA Bethanie Mattek-Sands/CoCo Vandeweghe – Serena Williams/Venus Williams

Finally, here is the Cichi’s postcard from their latest trip while on Japan 0:)


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