Despite a number of dropouts, the women’s tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics looks healthy with the final entry list comprising 15 of the WTA’s top 20 confirming their entries for the quadrennial centerpiece.
The WTA confirmed on Tuesday that “the ITF (International Tennis Federation) has released the final entry list. The final entry list includes 15 of the Top 20 confirmed WTAs for Tokyo, including world No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty and world No. 2 and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka. The field also features the top nine players from the Porsche Race to Shenzhen. “
Among the top 20, only the Americans Sofia Kenin and Serena Williams, the Canadian Bianca Andreescu, the Romanian Simona Halep and the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka withdrew.
The Women’s Singles will be a 64-player draw while the Women’s Doubles will be a 32-team draw and the Mixed Doubles will be a 16-team draw. Players would be eligible to participate in all three events if they qualify. Mixed doubles teams will be determined once players arrive at the venue.
The WTA announced that “no WTA ranking points will be offered”. The last time points were offered at the Olympics was the London 2012 Olympics.
Between the men’s and women’s courts, a total of 46 nations will be represented in the Olympic tennis event which begins on July 24.
According to the ITF’s Olympic qualification system, entries were based on the WTA rankings of June 14, the Monday following the Roland Garros final.