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RANK COUNTRY PLAYER AGE POINTS TOURN PLAYED

1 [JPN] Naomi Osaka 21 6021 19
2 [ROU] Simona Halep 27 5782 17
3 [CZE] Petra Kvitova 29 5645 22
4 [CZE] Karolina Pliskova 27 5580 22
5 [GER] Angelique Kerber 31 5165 19
6 [NED] Kiki Bertens 27 5050 26
7 [UKR] Elina Svitolina 24 5020 19
8 [USA] Sloane Stephens 26 4287 21
9 [AUS] Ashleigh Barty 22 4275 20
10 [BLR] Aryna Sabalenka 20 3595 26
11 [USA] Serena Williams 37 3461 10
12 [LAT] Anastasija Sevastova 28 3270 23
13 [DEN] Caroline Wozniacki 28 3117 18
14 [EST] Anett Kontaveit 23 2845 24
15 [GER] Julia Goerges 30 2835 25
16 [CHN] Qiang Wang 27 2812 22
17 [BEL] Elise Mertens 23 2800 24
18 [USA] Madison Keys 24 2726 15
19 [ESP] Garbiñe Muguruza 25 2525 22
20 [FRA] Caroline Garcia 25 2460 23
21 [SUI] Belinda Bencic 22 2430 22
22 [RUS] Daria Kasatkina 21 2400 24
23 [CAN] Bianca Andreescu 18 2024 21 (Out with injury...)
24 [TPE] Su-Wei Hsieh 33 1960 25
25 [CRO] Donna Vekic 22 1875 24
26 [UKR] Lesia Tsurenko 29 1796 18
27 [ESP] Carla Suárez Navarro 30 1718 21
28 [RUS] Maria Sharapova 31 1706 13 (Out with injury...)
29 [ITA] Camila Giorgi 27 1705 20 (Out with injury...)
30 [ROU] Mihaela Buzarnescu 30 1650 26
31 [LAT] Jelena Ostapenko 21 1611 22
32 [SVK] Dominika Cibulkova 29 1512 18
33 [RUS] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 27 1510 23
34 [USA] Danielle Collins 25 1496 22
35 [BLR] Aliaksandra Sasnovich 25 1495 23
36 [USA] Sofia Kenin 20 1449 25
37 [UKR] Dayana Yastremska 18 1400 23
38 [KAZ] Yulia Putintseva 24 1291 24
39 [AUS] Ajla Tomljanovic 25 1258 26
40 [CZE] Katerina Siniakova 22 1237 25
41 [CHN] Shuai Zhang 30 1220 23
42 [CHN] Saisai Zheng 25 1205 30
43 [CZE] Marketa Vondrousova 19 1196 17
44 [SVK] Viktoria Kuzmova 20 1195 28
45 [GBR] Johanna Konta 27 1305 23
46 [CZE] Barbora Strycova 33 1355 23
 

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Venus may make the main draw, but otherwise it will be interesting to see if her and Vika get wildcards or play qualifying.
 

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Venus may make the main draw, but otherwise it will be interesting to see if her and Vika get wildcards or play qualifying.
Rome has two Top 20 wildcard spots, so if Venus and Vika request them, they have to be given. Stosur and Zvonareva also qualify for Top 20 WC, but I imagine the tournament would choose Venus and Vika over them.
 

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Rome has two Top 20 wildcard spots, so if Venus and Vika request them, they have to be given. Stosur and Zvonareva also qualify for Top 20 WC, but I imagine the tournament would choose Venus and Vika over them.
How is Zvonareva eligible? I thought they are for former slam champions or number ones, plus current top twenty.

And yes, of course Vika and Venus both will get wildcards if they want them, but the question is whether both would be better off playing qualifying. I doubt either will be down for that though.
 

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How is Zvonareva eligible? I thought they are for former slam champions or number ones, plus current top twenty.



And yes, of course Vika and Venus both will get wildcards if they want them, but the question is whether both would be better off playing qualifying. I doubt either will be down for that though.
From the 2019 Rules:

Each non-Mandatory Tournament receives two (2) “Top 20 Wild Card” spots, which can only be used by Top 10 Players, players with a singles ranking of 11-20 at the end of the preceding Tour Year (“Top 20 Players”), past Grand Slam singles champions, past WTA Finals singles champions, past Premier Mandatory tournament singles champions, and/or former WTA No. 1 ranked singles players as follows:

(a) For Premier 5 Tournaments, if a Tournament’s Player Commitment Formula has not been met prior to the start of the Tournament, the Top 20 Wild Card will be first used by the WTA to move a Top 10 Player into the Main Draw of the Tournament to satisfy the Player Commitment Formula, no matter what the player’s ranking. If the WTA does not use the Top 20 Wild Card, the Tournament Director may award the Top 20 Wild Card to any Top 10 Player, Top 20 Player, past Grand Slam singles champion, past WTA Finals singles champion, past Premier Mandatory tournament singles champion, and/or former WTA No. 1 ranked singles player. If the WTA and the Tournament do not use the Top 20 Wild Card(s), the Wild Card spot(s) revert(s) to the next player(s) waiting to get into the draw.
 

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I never realized until now that Madrid has the full 64 draw... i always thought that Rome/Madrid/Montreal/Cincy had a standardized format. Madrid should be brought into line with the other events.
The non-byes is what differentiates Madrid from those lower-level events. Beijing doesn't have byes either, except for Wuhan semifinalists.
 

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The non-byes is what differentiates Madrid from those lower-level events. Beijing doesn't have byes either, except for Wuhan semifinalists.

lower-level events?? Is the prize money higher at Madrid than at Rome? Because Rome is definitely the more prestigious of the two.
 

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lower-level events?? Is the prize money higher at Madrid than at Rome? Because Rome is definitely the more prestigious of the two.
Roma may be more prestigious with long history and a more suitable clay surface for Roland Garros, but it's Madrid that has the higher status in WTA with $$$.

Personally I don't like BYEs and they should just get rid of it.
 

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Rome has two Top 20 wildcard spots, so if Venus and Vika request them, they have to be given. Stosur and Zvonareva also qualify for Top 20 WC, but I imagine the tournament would choose Venus and Vika over them.

From the 2019 Rules:

Each non-Mandatory Tournament receives two (2) “Top 20 Wild Card” spots, which can only be used by Top 10 Players, players with a singles ranking of 11-20 at the end of the preceding Tour Year (“Top 20 Players”), past Grand Slam singles champions, past WTA Finals singles champions, past Premier Mandatory tournament singles champions, and/or former WTA No. 1 ranked singles players as follows:

(a) For Premier 5 Tournaments, if a Tournament’s Player Commitment Formula has not been met prior to the start of the Tournament, the Top 20 Wild Card will be first used by the WTA to move a Top 10 Player into the Main Draw of the Tournament to satisfy the Player Commitment Formula, no matter what the player’s ranking. If the WTA does not use the Top 20 Wild Card, the Tournament Director may award the Top 20 Wild Card to any Top 10 Player, Top 20 Player, past Grand Slam singles champion, past WTA Finals singles champion, past Premier Mandatory tournament singles champion, and/or former WTA No. 1 ranked singles player. If the WTA and the Tournament do not use the Top 20 Wild Card(s), the Wild Card spot(s) revert(s) to the next player(s) waiting to get into the draw.
Konta is also eligible for that WC as Miami champion. Obviously she'll probably get in as second ALT but worth noting.
 

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Kuznetsova could also get a top 20 WC technically but I am guessing she would only get one if all the others turned it down.
 
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