With hurricane Irene looming Saturday, the US Open qualifying had to be completed today, requiring six women and four men to play two matches today to finish. While watching the live scoring, I had some time to do a little research about the qualifiers, not all of whom are familiar to me, and I decided it would be fun to do a slightly different post tonight, a by-the-numbers look at the just completed tournament. The complete qualifying draws can be found here.
0--number of qualifiers in 2011 who qualified in 2010
1--number of US players qualifying, out of the 32 who started play Tuesday. Michael Yani beat Rajeev Ram, also of the US, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) to reach the main draw.
2--number of Irish players qualifying. With Conor Niland and Louk Sorensen earning main draw berths today, it is the first time in history two Irish players will be in the US Open main draw.
3--number of final qualifying matches decided in third set tiebreakers. Yani defeated Ram, Vasek Pospisil of Canada beat Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5), and Karin Knapp of Italy downed Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(1).
4--number of French players qualifying, the most of any country. Stephanie Foretz Gacon, Augustin Gensse, Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy and Romain Jouan will play on next week.
6--number of men's seeds, of 32 who began the tournament, making it through to the main draw, including No. 1 Joao Souza of Brazil
9--number of women's seeds, of 32 who began the tournament, making it through to the main draw, including No. 1 Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan
17--age of youngest qualifier, Laura Robson of Great Britain
23--in minutes, length of first game of the third set of Robert Farah's final round qualifying win over Dominic Meffert of Germany
31--age of oldest qualifier, Jean-Rene Lisnard of Monaco
87--best current WTA or ATP ranking of any qualifier, belonging to Voskoboeva
614--worst current WTA or ATP ranking of any qualifier, belonging to Sorensen
Here is some basic information about all 32 qualifiers, with their qualifying seeding in brackets:
Women's USO Qualifiers:
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)  age 26, WTA 87
Marina Erakovic (NZL)  age 23, WTA 90
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)  age 23, WTA 142
Romina Oprandi (ITA)  age 25, WTA 132
Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) age 20, WTA 220
Alexandra Panova (RUS) age 22, WTA 154
Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA)  age 30, WTA 115
Urszula Radwanska (POL)  age 20, WTA 116
Michaella Krajicek (NED) age 22, WTA 183
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) age 19, WTA 156
Laura Robson (GBR) age 17, WTA 173
Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS)  age 21, WTA 141
Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)  age 22, WTA 126
Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) age 26, WTA 215
Karin Knapp (ITA) age 24, WTA 194
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)  age 23, WTA 134
Men's USO Qualifiers:
Joao Souza (BRA)  age 23, ATP 90
Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) age 31, ATP 542
Marsel Ilhan (TUR)  age 24, ATP 100
Jesse Huta Galung (NED)  age 25, ATP 160
Sergei Bubka (UKR) age 24, ATP 210
Augustin Gensse (FRA)  age 28, ATP 149
Louk Sorensen (IRL) age 26, ATP 614
Vasek Pospisil (CAN)  age 21, ATP 145
Go Soeda (JPN)  age 26, ATP 122
Malek Jaziri (TUN) age 27, ATP 184
Connor Niland (IRL) age 29, ATP 199
Robert Farah (COL) age 24, ATP 282
Romain Jouan (FRA) âge 26, ATP 230
Frank Dancevic (CAN) age 26, ATP 183
Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy (FRA) age 24, ATP 250
Michael Yani (USA) age 30, ATP 208
The qualifiers have now been placed in the draws, which can be found at usopen.org.