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The new season started in the best way, without any doubt the Australian Open 2023 fulfilled most expectations. In the WTA Circuit, the best tennis players in the world were measured against each other to define a place in the Australian Open Finals. This weekend will see the finals of the first Grand Slam of the year, with the WTA Finals between Elena Rybakina vs Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday and the ATP Finals between Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic the following day.
32 players started as favourites, but few people could have predicted that the Australian Open finals would be between Rybakina vs Sabalenka, it is sure to be an exciting duel, as both are part of the top seeds. This will be the fifth time they have faced each other, and the second time they have met in a Grand Slam.
Just one last matcha, enjoy all the analysis and events leading up to this great event, as well as the Australian Open Finals we have prepared for this day.
Top Seeds, Schedule, and Dates – Women’s Australian Open 2023
The field for the 2023 Australian Open women’s singles tournament was set following the draw on January 12th. Current Australian Open women’s singles champion Ashleigh Barty won’t be back to defend her title.
Barty, who became the first Australian player to win a slam on home soil in almost three decades, shocked the tennis world by announcing her retirement shortly after the tournament. Because of this, the Slam will likely shake up the WTA rankings, adding an extra incentive.
Australian Open Schedule: Day 13
The final stage of the first Grand Slam of the year is here, the best players of this edition will fight to be the greatest tennis player in the last Australian Open draw, in which the new Australian Open Champion will be decided. Some of the favourites have been knocked out by opponents who did not pose a threat. With each advancing round there are
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Thrilling Australian Open finals: Elena Rybakina vs Aryna Sabalenka
Many expected to see a final between Belarusian tennis players, but Elena Rybakina put an end to this possibility by beating Victoria Azarenka. Meanwhile, Aryna Sabalenka had no trouble beating Magda Linette, who was expected to be the surprise package in this Grand Slam.
Sabalenka is the highest-ranked finalist in the WTA ranking at number 5, the only one of the two competitors in the top 20. Elena Rybakina is currently ranked number 25 in the WTA rankings, however, this position will improve at the end of the tournament, in fact, if she wins Australian Open Finals she could be ranked as high as number 12, which has been the best of her career.
Aryna Sabalenka is close to accomplishing a feat that few tennis players have achieved, and that is to be crowned Australian Open Finals champion without losing a single set. From the first round to the Australian Open Semi Finals, Sabalenka won all her features in straight sets.
2023 Australian Open seeds Women’s Singles Seeds
Just like the men’s tournament, the seedings for the women have been done based on the current WTA rankings. The women’s 2023 Australian Open seeds are based on the January 9th update, which was the most recent one prior to the start of the event.
Out of the pre-tournament seeds, Simona Halep was the only withdrawal. The Romanian superstar is currently serving a provisional suspension as a consequence of a potential anti-doping violation. Jil Teichmann, currently number 33 in the WTA rankings, was promoted to a seeded entry.
Current world number 1 Iga Swiatek is naturally carrying over her ranking into the first major of the year. The two-time Slam winner in 2022 will be looking to carry her positive momentum into the new year. Ons Jabeur enters the Australian Open as the number 2 seed and will be looking to improve on her pair of runner-up finishes scored last year.
These are the women’s singles seeds heading into the opening day of the singles tournament:
- Iga Swiatek – Eliminated third round
- Ons Jabeur – Eliminated second round
- Jessica Pegula – Eliminated quarter finals
- Caroline Garcia – Eliminated round of 16
- Aryna Sabalenka
- Maria Sakkari – Eliminated third round
- Coco Gauff – Eliminated third round
- Daria Kasatkina – Eliminated first round
- Veronika Kudermetova – Eliminated second round
- Madison Keys – Eliminated third round
- Paula Badosa – Withdrawal
- Belinda Bencic – Eliminated round of 16
- Danielle Collins – Eliminated third round
- Beatriz Haddad Maia – Eliminated first round
- Petra Kvitova – Eliminated second round
- Anett Kontaveit – Eliminated second round
- Jelena Ostapenko – Eliminated quarter finals
- Liudmila Samsonova – Eliminated second round
- Ekaterina Alexandrova – Eliminated third round
- Barbora Krejcikova – Eliminated third round
- Martina Trevisan – Eliminated first round
- Elena Rybakina
- Zhang Shuai – Eliminated round of 16
- Victoria Azarenka – Eliminated semifinals
- Marie Bouzkova – Eliminated first round
- Elise Mertens – Eliminated third round
- Irina-Camelia Begu – Eliminated second round
- Amanda Anisimova – Eliminated first round
- Zheng Qinwen – Eliminated second round
- Karolina Pliskova – Eliminated quarter finals
- Kaia Kanepi – Eliminated first round
- Jil Teichmann – Eliminated second round
Swiatek, Keys and Collins all have a significant number of points to defend. While Swiatek and Keys both made it to the semifinals, Collins finished as the runner-up to Ashleigh Barty. Swiatek is guaranteed to retain her spot at the top of the ranking, but Keys and Collins could fall down the order with an early exit.
Qualifiers for the 2023 Australian Open women’s singles took place between January 11th and January 13th. The main event starts on Monday, January 16th. From here, the opening rounds are played until we get to the 4th rounds on Saturday/Sunday of the opening week.
Since the finals of the women’s event are scheduled for Saturday, January 28th, this means that we also know the dates for the previous rounds. Semi-finals will be played on Thursday 26th, and quarter-finals will be played on Tuesday 24th.
Number 7 seed Coco Gauff will have the honour of playing the first centre court match of the women’s singles tournament. The American will take on Katerina Siniakova in her round 1 matchup.
WTA number 1 Iga Swiatek will make her debut shortly after, also on day 1. The 21-year-old Pole will take on Julie Niemeier, also at Rod Laver Arena.
As it’s always the case for tennis tournaments, most games do not have a start time set just yet. It all depends on how the day’s matches play out, as well as the weather conditions. While there are three retractable roof courts, the smaller venues around the Melbourne Park complex can face delays because of rain.
With the Australian Open women’s draw and seeds already set, we now have a clear idea of what the 2023 Australian Open women’s single bracket looks like. As previously mentioned, the action begins on Monday, January 16th, and concludes the following day. Round 2 begins on Wednesday, January 18th, and comes to an end on Thursday. Round 3 will take place on Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21st to close out week 1. Seeded players can already cross paths from the third round onwards.
Now for further Australian Open women’s singles 2023 key dates during the tournament’s decisive stretch:
- Australian Open 2023 women’s singles quarterfinals: Tuesday, January 24th – Wednesday, January 25th.
- Australian Open 2023 women’s singles semifinals: Thursday, January 26th
- Australian Open 2023 women’s singles final: Saturday, January 28th
We will get to know who is going to lift the 2023 Australian Open trophy on the final Saturday of the month. Make sure to write it down and tune in on the game so you don’t miss out.