In maybe the strongest event of the 2022 season, the Canadian Masters in Toronto will feature the biggest names in women’s tennis including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka and world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.
The field in total features the Top 16 players. Teens Coco Gauff and Emma Raducanu along with Canadian stars Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Fernandez.
Andreescu opens against San Jose winner Daria Kasatkina. Among the other first rounders are Osaka against Washington finalist Kaia Kanepi, Sloane Stephens against Sofia Kenin, Barbora Krejcikova against 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova in an all-Czech battle, Raducanu meets 2021 winner Camila Giorgi and Venus faces Jil Tiechmann.
Some second round collisions could see Swiatek-Tomljanovic, Serena-Bencic, Stephens-Sakkari, Pliskova-Anisimova, Kvitova-Ostapenko, Gauff-Rybakina and Venus-Kontaveit.
Project quarterfinals: 1 Swiatek – 8 Muguruza, 3 Sakkari – 5 Jabeur, 7 Pegula – 4 Badosa, 6 Sabalenka – 2 Badosa.
A total of 15 Grand Slam champions are in the draw of 15. There are also 17 players who have won titles in 2022.
Both Williams sisters are playing their second events. Serena lost in the first round at Wimbledon to Harmony Tan while Venus fell last week in Washington to Rebecca Marino.
There have been eight different winners the last nine editions of the event.
Last year, Giorgi won a stunner over Pliskova.
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