The 2022 Cincinnati Open will begin on August 15 and will be the last opportunity for the big names to gear up for the US Open. Iga Swiatek will lead the playing field.
- Tournament: Western & Southern Open 2022
- Date: August 15–21 2022
- Number of Entrants: 64 (Singles), 32 (Doubles)
- Venue: Cincinnati, USA
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: $2,527,250
- Defending champion: Ash Barty
Top Seeds at the Western & Southern Open 2022
- Iga Swiatek
- Anett Kontaveit
- Paula Badosa
- Maria Sakkari
- Ons Jabeur
- Aryna Sabalenka
- Jessica Pegula
- Garbine Muguruza
Women’s Singles Draw Preview
World No.1 and French Open champion Iga Swiatek will headline the draw and gets a first-round bye along with the other top 8 seeds. She will open her campaign against either former US Open champion Sloane Stephens or Alize Cornet. The nightmare draw for Swiatek will see her face either Jelena Ostapenko or in form Beatriz Haddad Maia in the third round. Madison Keys and Yulia Putintseva are also in the upper bracket of the draw.
8th seed Garbine Muguruza is expected to take on Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in her opening match and is drawn opposite of French Open finalist Coco Gauff who will face a qualifier in the first round. Gauff will then face either Alison Riske or Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round. The 18-year-old is expected to face either Rybakina or Muguruza in the Round of 16.
Third seed Paula Badosa will open against a qualifier in the second round and could face either Simona Halep, Barbora Krejcikova, Veronika Kudermetova, or Karolina Muchova in the third round. Needless to say, anyone of the 4 women could make it to the last 16 and beyond.
5th seed Ons Jabeur will face either Aliaksandra Sasnovich or Catherine McNally in the second round. She is drawn opposite Olympic champion Belinda Bencic who opens against Sorana Cirstea. Jil Teichmann and Petra Kvitova are also in the same bracket and could face Bencic in the third round.
1st Semifinal Prediction: Iga Swiatek vs Simona Halep
Despite being in terrible form, Anett Kontaveit will headline the bottom half of the draw. The bottom half is tightly packed and will see mouth-watering matches right from the first round. Kontaveit will open against a qualifier in the second round and is drawn opposite US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez. The Canadian will face Ekaterina Alexandrova in the opening round and could face 4-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka in the Round of 32. Osaka will take on Shuai Zhang in the opening round.
6th seed Aryna Sabalenka will face either Martina Trevisan or a qualifier in the second round. She could go on to face Daria Kasatkina in the Round of 16 who opens against Amanda Anisimova. Kasatkina will face the winner of the match between Sofia Kenin and Shelby Rogers.
The third quarter of the draw will feature some of the biggest names in contemporary tennis. 4th seed Maria Sakkari will face a qualifier or Alison Van Uytvanck in the second round and is drawn to face Karolina Pliskova in the Round of 16. Pliskova will face American legend, Venus Williams, in the opening round and could face Elise Mertens in the next round.
7th seed Jessica Pegula will face either Camila Giorgi or Bianca Andreescu in the second round. The highlight of the draw will be the first-round match between Emma Raducanu, the US Open champion, and Serena Williams, who will play her penultimate tournament before retiring. The match is considered to be the ‘battle of the generations’. The winner will then face either Victoria Azarenka or Kaia Kanepi in the second round.
2nd Semifinal Prediction: Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka
Top seed Iga Swiatek will battle against veteran Simona Halep in the first semifinal. Swiatek has been the best player this season but off late, has shown a lot of inconsistency. On the other hand, Halep is slowly coming close to her peak and would not make life easier for Swiatek. Expect a good match with Swiatek just edging past Halep.
In the second semifinal, Karolina Pliskova will face Aryna Sabalenka. Both Pliskova and Sabalenka have very contrasting game styles. Pliskova relies on her serve while Sabalenka’s serve is her biggest nightmare. Expect a match with short rallies and Pliskova is expected to come out the victor.
Cincinnati Open Final: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Pliskova
World No.1 Iga Swiatek will face former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova in the final of the 2022 Cincinnati Open. Swiatek will have an edge going into the match but given her recent form, things could swing either way. Pliskova will have to serve her way into the match and also be ready for the baseline power of Swiatek. Expect a very solid match with Swiatek winning her fourth WTA 1000 title of the year.
Champion: Iga Swiatek