Six qualifiers in Sydney??!!
I am sure I am not the 1st person to notice this. And I would not be at all surprised if there hasn't been some comments on this in other threads, but as this is quite unusual for a 32 player draw (with 4 byes) I think it justifies a thread.
I know last year Sydney only had 4 qualifiers and I cannot ever recall seeing 6 qualifiers for a 32 player draw at WTA tour level. I'd be interested to hear what others think about it.
Personally I love it as it gives more lower ranked players an opportunity to shine on the big stage. And any player who gets through 3 rounds of qualifying certainly deserves to be there. It also allows more lower ranked players the chance to get some matches in before the Australian Open qualifying. And as there are no ITF events in the area this is invaluable.