Women’s singles draw analysis, preview and prediction

The 2022 Canadian Open is all set to begin in Toronto next week, the first WTA1000 tournament of the North American hardcourt swing and the sixth WTA1000 event of the season.

Understandably, Iga Swiatek is the most popular choice to win the title in the women’s singles category. Despite her early exit at Wimbledon and the Poland Open, the World No. 1 is in top form after lifting the cup at the three most recent hardcourt tournaments she competed in – the Qatar Open, the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open.

Emma Raducanu is also in action alongside Swiatek, fresh off her quarterfinal exit at the Citi Open in Washington. She is currently at her career-high WTA rank of No. 10. Ons Jabeur is another strong contender for the title, with her confidence high after reaching the final at Wimbledon.

Anett Kontaveit and Simona Halep are two stars who are likely to encounter each other early on, with the winner setting up a possible meeting in the quarterfinals with Aryna Sabalenka.

Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina too may meet early on. Gauff reached the final at Roland Garros, while Rybakina is the reigning Wimbledon champion. With two different styles of play at logger heads, their clash promises to be an interesting watch.

2022 may not have been Garbine Muguruza’s best year so far, but that may just serve to fuel the Spaniard on. Maria Sakkari is another big name to watch out for, whose best result this year has been reaching the final at Indian Wells.

Finally, there are the home favorites and American legends Serena Williams and Venus Williams, playing together for the first time since the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. This is part of the comeback that fans have been wishing for over the last few months, waiting for the day when two of the greatest athletes of all time will grace the tennis courts once again.

Without further ado, here’s a look at the 2022 Canadian Open women’s singles draw in its entirety:

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First Quarter: Iga Swiatek likely to continue her winning streak in this year’s Canadian Open

Iga Swiatek is the clear favorite to win this year's Canadian OpenOns Jabeur could reach the semifinal from the second quarter of the 2022 Canadian OpenPaula Badosa is the favorite to proceed from the third quarter of the 2022 Canadian Open

Emma Raducanu’s Washington run ends in the quarter-finals after losing out to Liudmila Samsonova 7-6(6), 6-1#BackTheBrits 🇬🇧 https://t.co/yBYn5WbzXC

Jessica Pegula reached the semifinals at Roland Garros this year and is looking good as the front runner to make the quarterfinals in Toronto. She might face an uphill task against Petra Kvitova in the third round, who is the other big name in this section, alongside former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. Canadian Katherine Sebov is the wild card entry in this draw.

Predicted quarterfinals: Paula Badosa def. Emma Raducanu

Fourth Quarter: Unseeded Rybakina may challenge Anett Kontaveit on the way to her second title this season

Anett Kontaveit is the second seed at the 2022 Canadian Open

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The wild card in this draw is Venus Williams. The seven-time Grand Slam champion fell in her opener at the Washington Open — her comeback tournament. While Williams will definitely need more matches to hit her stride on the women’s tour, she can knock out a seed or two if the stars align in her favor.

Predicted quarterfinal: Anett Kontaveit def. Coco Gauff

Prediction for 2022 Canadian Open semifinals:

Iga Swiatek def. Ons Jabeur

Annette Kontaveit def. Paula Badosa

Prediction for 2022 Canadian Open final:

Iga Swiatek def. Annette Kontaveit


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