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US Open Women’s Singles draw and BetKing preview

 

 

The 2022 US Open is upon us and being the final Grand Slam event of the year, players will be going all out to make sure they produce good results.

With the women’s singles draw now revealed, each player knows what to expect, their potential paths to the title and more.

Seeds:

  1. Iga Swiatek
  2. Anett Kontaveit
  3. Maria Sakkari
  4. Paula Badosa
  5. Ons Jabeur
  6. Aryna Sabalenka
  7. Simona Halep
  8. Jessica Pegula
  9. Garbine Muguruza
  10. Daria Kasatkina
  11. Emma Raducanu
  12. Coco Gauff
  13. Belinda Bencic
  14. Leylah Fernandez
  15. Beatriz Haddad Maia
  16. Jelena Ostapenko
  17. Caroline Garcia
  18. Veronika Kudermetova
  19. Danielle Collins
  20. Madison Keys
  21. Petra Kvitova
  22. Karolina Pliskova
  23. Barbora Krejcikova
  24. Amanda Anisimova
  25. Elena Rybakina
  26. Victoria Azarenka
  27. Martina Trevisan
  28. Ekaterina Alexandrova
  29. Alison Riske-Amitraj
  30. Jil Teichmann
  31. Shelby Rogers
  32. Elise Mertens

 

One of the major stories of this year’s tournament is that it is Serena Williams’ final tournament as a professional tennis player. The 23-time Grand Slam champion recently announced that she would be calling time on her illustrious career and she will be looking to end it with a deep run at Flushing Meadows.

Serena definitely has not had it easy since making her return to the court after a year at Wimbledon in March, but she would surely like to end it all on a positive note at her home Slam. The 40-year-old was stunned by Harmony Tan in the Wimbledon opening round in June and this time, she faces World No.80 Danka Kovinic in the US Open first round.

Kovinic is not in the best of form having lost her last five matches, but she could still be tricky for Serena. If she gets through the first round, Serena could face World No.2 Kontaveit in the second round. Fernandez, Jabeur, Halep, Gauff and Swiatek are also possible opponents along the way for the six-time US Open champion.

This is a tough draw for Serena and considering her recent form, a fairytale ending to her career might not be on the cards but she will bask in every minute she gets to play.

Defending champion Emma Raducanu is also faced with a tricky draw. The Brit, who shocked the world by claiming the title from qualifying last year, faces the tricky Alize Cornet in the opening round.

Cornet ended World No.1 Iga Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak in the third round at Wimbledon. The 32-year-old is known to cause upsets and so this meeting spells danger for Raducanu.

Raducanu has been struggling to match the form that led her to the title 12 months ago, and this time she will be under a lot of scrutiny as she comes into a tournament as a defending champion for the first time in her very young career. Defeating Serena and Victoria Azarenka back to back in Cincinnati could however be a confidence booster for the 19-year-old. In those two matches, Raducanu showed that she can still be a quality operator.

If she scales through the Cornet hurdle, Raducanu could clash with two-time champion Naomi Osaka, reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and big-hitting World No.6 Aryna Sabalenka before the quarterfinals. A brutal draw, but the Brit has recently talked about not being under pressure, saying she is willing to start from scratch and build again even if she is unable to successfully defend her title in New York.

Swiatek, who has been shaky since Wimbledon, faces Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in the first round. The World No.1 will be looking to shrug off recent inconsistency and hoist the US Open trophy for the first time.

It has been an incredible season so far for the Pole and it could become even more memorable with a third Grand Slam title in New York.

Swiatek’s potential path to the title:

First round: Paolini

Second round: Stephens

Third round: Alexandrova

Fourth round: Ostapenko

Quarterfinals: Pegula

Semifinals: Badosa

Final: Kontaveit

Notable first round matches:

Naomi Osaka v Danielle Collins

Maria Sakkari v Tatjana Maria

Karolina Muchova v Ajla Tomljanovic

Venus Williams v Alison Van Uytvanck

Jelena Ostapenko v Qinwen Zheng

Veronika Kudermetova v Donna Vekic

Madison Keys v Dayana Yastremska

Amanda Anisimova v Yulia Putintseva

Projected Quarterfinals:

Swiatek v Pegula

Badosa v Sabalenka

Halep v Sakkari

Jabeur v Kontaveit

Prize Money:

First round: $80,000

Second round: $121,000

Third round: $188,000

Round of 16: $278,000

Quarterfinals: $445,000

Semifinals: $705,000

Final: $1.3 million

Champion: $2.6 million

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