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Women’s US Open 2022 Seeds Breakdown

The two finalists for WTA 2022 are now known. This will be a battle between the experience of Ons Jabeur and the irreverence of Iga Swiatek. Nerves and pressure will be the main obstacles for both players, whoever manages to master them will have a better chance of success. Let’s assess how important it was to be seeded for the two finalists.

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Iga Swiatek of Poland defeats Jule Niemeier of Germany on day eight of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA – Photo by Icon sport

Both finalists belong to the top 5 seeds, so there is no doubt that we will see the highest level of competition in this last feature of the US Open 2022. Let’s analyse together what chances each one has to be the new owner of the US Open trophy. Here we go!

Five Top Seeds for the 2022 US Open Women’s Event

Of course, going into a tournament, one could say that the top four seeds are, in theory, the favourites to reach the semi-finals. But matches are not played on paper and what happened in the tournament so far is proof of it.

Iga Swiatek – Seed 1 – THROUGH TO FINALS

The world number one reached the final with ease, due to the great performance she showed in every match. There is no doubt that Swiatek will face Ons Jabeur with even more determination than she had in the previous rounds. The Pole has secured the number 1 ranking, by the way, she will increase her lead over the number 2, as in the previous edition of the US Open Swiatek was eliminated in the first round. She has only won Roland Garros, now she is very close to adding a different Grand Slam to her trophy cabinet.

Iga Swiatek is the current world number one, and she is the favourite to win the 2022 US Open. Then again, it’s not just her number one ranking that has her as the top seed, even if that is how things technically work. It’s the fact that she is ‘the player to beat’ at the moment, but so far, none of their rivals came even close to achieving this.

Anett Kontaveit – Seed 2 – OUT in R2

The Estonian was one of the favourites to reach the final rounds of the US Open, but she was disappointed after falling again in the first round. Despite being ranked number two in the world, she was unable to cope with the experience and impetus of Serena Williams, in fact, Kontaveit will be remembered as the last to lose to the American legend. She will probably be ousted from the second-ranking after the end of the tournament.

Serena Williams defeated Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 2-6, 6-2

Maria Sakkari – Seed 3 – OUT in R2

Being number 3 in the WTA ranking and having reached the semi-finals in the last edition made the Greek one of the favourites to triumph in this event. However, her defeat against a player who is not even in the top 50 of the ranking was a resounding failure.

Xiyu Wang defeated Maria Sakkari 3-6, 7-5, 7-5

Paula Badosa – Seed 4 – OUT in R2

Paula Badosa was one of the three top 5 seeds who left the US Open in the second round. Her early elimination produced bad expectations in the fans, as the tournament was left very quickly without the main favourites. However, the following duels put an end to those misguided opinions.

Petra Martic defeated Paula Badosa 7-6, 1-6, 2-6

Ons Jabeur – Seed 5 – THROUGH TO FINALS

The Tunisian tennis got through another Grand Slam final. Jabeur will meet Iga Swiatek, one of the toughest opponents she could have encountered at this stage. The Tunisian tennis player has more than ten years of career and this is just her second opportunity to play in a Grand Slam final. She will probably not have as many opportunities as these, as her current physical condition will start to decline in a few years.

The last of the top five seeds for the women’s draw is Ons Jabeur – the Tunisian player that stole the hearts of everyone at Wimbledon earlier this year. Speaking of that event, Jabeur made the finals, which was her first-ever appearance in a Grand Slam final. So for me, it feels as though Jabeur is now ready to challenge for such major titles.

Next Opponent: Caroline Garcia (Seed 17)

Other Notable Seeds for the Women’s US Open 2022

As promised, I will now share a few details on some other seeded players who didn’t make it into the top five. 

Simona Halep – Seed 7 – OUT in R1

The most veteran of this list, and one of the few winners in this group, could not repeat the success of 2015 when she was a semi-finalist. This time she was eliminated in three sets against a player outside the top 100 of the ATP ranking.

Daria Snigur defeated Simona Halep 2-6, 6-0,4-6

Emma Raducanu – Seed 11 – OUT in R1

The first big disappointment of the tournament was the elimination of Emma Raducanu in the first round. The defending champion lost to a player who was not even among the 32-seeded players.

Alize Cornet defeated Emma Raducanu 3-6, 3-6

Caroline Garcia – Seed 17 – OUT in SEMI-FINALS

It seemed that this would be the year of consecration for the French tennis player, with total confidence she was defeating each of her rivals, but her path ended in the semifinals. Despite not making the final, it is one of the best Grand Slam tournaments Garcia has played in her career.

Ons Jabeur defeated Caroline Garcia 1-6, 3-6

Full Women’s US Open seeds list

  1. Swiatek
  2. Kontaveit
  3. Sakkari
  4. Badosa
  5. Jabeur
  6. Sabalenka
  7. Halep
  8. Pegula
  9. Muguruza
  10. Kasatkina
  11. Raducanu
  12. Gauff
  13. Bencic
  14. Fernandez
  15. Haddad Maia
  16. Ostapenko
  17. Garcia
  18. Kudermetova
  19. Collins
  20. Keys
  21. Kvitova
  22. Pliskova
  23. Krejcikova
  24. Anisimova
  25. Rybakina
  26. Azarenka
  27. Trevisan
  28. Alexandrova
  29. Riske
  30. Teichmann
  31. Rogers
  32. Mertens

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