Australian Open 2022 Women’s Draw: Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka to Potentially Lock Horns in 4th Round and More

Published 01/13/2022, 12:52 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her second round match against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


After a long wait, the official Australian Open 2022 Women’s Singles Draw is finally out. The maiden Grand Slam of the year will see the top WTA stars of the world battle it out.

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However, many stars like Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Brady, and Bianca Andreescu are missing from the tournament. Nevertheless, the lineup at Melbourne Park is going to be a memorable one, with reigning champion Naomi Osaka back to defend her title.

Australian home star Ashleigh Barty is certainly one of the firm favorites to win the major. On the other hand, many expect 2-time Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka to mark her comeback with a championship.

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The top seeds of the Australian Open 2022 Women’s Draw

Naturally, the top player in the world Ashleigh Barty is also the top seed at this year’s Australian Open. Barty is yet to win her first Australian Open and looks ready to lift her first major cup in front of her fellow Aussies. Her recent title double in Adelaide should serve as the perfect tonic before the Grand Slam.

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 20, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady of the U.S. pose with trophies after their final match REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Belarusian star and World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka is right behind Barty as the second seed. Thus, she is now on the opposite end from Barty, having secured her spot at the bottom of the draw. However, Sabalenka has been in worrying form in the build-up to the Happy Slam.

The Spanish star Garbine Muguruza is the third seed, according to the Australian Open 2022 Women’s draw. Additionally, right alongside the 2-time Grand Slam champion is Czech star Barbora Krejcikova. The two are seeded at #3 and #4, respectively.

 

The latter’s compatriot and former World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova is missing from the Australian Open 2022 Women’s draw. Sadly, a right-hand injury forced Pliskova to withdraw from the Grand Slam, and fans will certainly miss her sorely.

On the other hand, 2-time Australian Open champion and the defending titleholder Naomi Osaka is seeded at #13. She will be looking to return to tennis in an emphatic fashion after her sabbatical in the second half of 2021.

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Iga Swiatek, who withdrew from a warmup tournament ahead of the Australian Open, is the #7 seed. Furthermore, Simona Halep looks to be quite in-form as the #14 seeded star is in contention for Australian Open glory.

 

The Australian Open 2022 Women’s draw has seeded British star Emma Raducanu at #17. Incidentally, the 2021 US Open champion will be facing 2017 US Open champ, Sloane Stephens, in the very first round.

Australian Open 2022: What the final rounds could look like

According to the Australian Open 2022 Women’s Draw, the four quarter-final matches could potentially be delicious encounters between heavyweights of the women’s game.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during her quarter-final match against Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchova. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

In fact, the match between the two title favorites which everyone is looking forward to could just be the fourth round! Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty might clash in the fourth round itself if they were to go undefeated that far.

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Additionally, Canadian star Leylah Fernandez is the 23rd seed at the tournament and will be looking to recreate her stunning 2021 US Open run.

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Who do you think will win all the glory Down Under this year?
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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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