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:
|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:)