French Open 2022: Women’s Singles Draw Preview and Prediction for Roland Garros

The French Open 2022 will be the second Grand Slam of the season and will be the 126th edition of the claycourt major played in France.

Iga Swiatek, Barbora Krejcikova, Paula Badosa - Top 3 seeds of the French Open 2022
Iga Swiatek, Barbora Krejcikova, Paula Badosa - Top 3 seeds of the French Open 2022

The French Open 2022 will be the 126th edition of the Grand Slam in Paris. With 128 entrants in the main-draw, this year’s edition will see 19 players coming in through the qualifiers due to some late withdrawals. This year’s French Open will have the tiebreaker being played at 6-6 in decisive sets, marking the first time that all four Grand Slams will have a common rule with regard to how the tiebreakers are decided.

Tournament Details:

  • TournamentFrench Open 2022
  • Date: May 22 to June 5, 2022
  • Number of Entrants: 128
  • Venue: Paris, France
  • Surface: Clay Court
  • Prize Money: $2.2 million
  • Defending Champion: Barbora Krejcikova

Top 10 Seeds at the French Open 2022

  • Iga Swiatek
  • Barbora Krejcikova
  • Paula Badosa
  • Maria Sakkari
  • Anett Kontaveit
  • Ons Jabeur
  • Aryna Sabalenka
  • Karolina Pliskova
  • Danielle Collins
  • Garbine Muguruza

Women’s Singles Draw Preview and Analysis

Top Half

Simona Halep
Simona Halep

First Quarter

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek opens the draw awaiting a qualifier and looks likely to take on the winner from the clash between the winner of Alison Riske and Dayana Yastremska. Former champion and the 19th seeded Simona Halep starts against Ana Konjuh and could take on Swiatek in the fourth round for one of the matches to look out for. 11th seed Jessica Pegula takes on Qiang Wang while 8th seed Karolina Pliskova starts against wildcard entrant Tessah Andrianjafitrimo.

1st Quarterfinal Prediction: Iga Swiatek vs Jessica Pegula

Second Quarter

3rd seed Paula Badosa will take on wildcard entrant Fiona Ferro and is likely to take on Kaja Juvan who awaits a qualifier. It’s a good opportunity for Badosa to make a deep run as she is likely to take on comparatively lower ranked players as per the draw. 2022 Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins also awaits a qualifier and will have to dig deep to hold her rank in the Top-10. 7th seed Aryna Sabalenka begins her campaign against local girl Chloe Paquet and is likely to take on Madison Brengle who will take on a qualifier in round 1.

2nd Quarterfinal Prediction: Paula Badosa vs Aryna Sabalenka

Bottom Half

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu will make her French Open debut

Third Quarter

6th seed Ons Jabeur will lock horns with Magda Linette in the first round and looks certain to take on Harriet Dart who starts against Martina Trevisan. 21st seed Angelique Kerber will take on Frech Magdalena while 12th seed Emma Raducanu who makes her French Open debut will have to wait for her first-round opponent who will be a qualifier. Kerber and Emma could clash in a spicy third-round encounter with Jabeur likely to take on the winner of that clash.

Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu could meet in the second round provided they win their first-round encounters against respective yet to be confirmed qualifiers. 17th seed Leylah Fernandez will take on Kristina Mladenovic while 27th seed Amanda Anisimova will start against 4-time major winner Naomi Osaka. 4th seed Maria Sakkari will start against Clara Burel and has a good chance to regain lost ground from the start of the season to make another good run in this year’s French Open having been a semi-finalist last year.

Third Quarterfinal Prediction: Ons Jabeur vs Maria Sakkari

Fourth Quarter

2nd seed Barbora Krejcikova will start her title defence campaign against local girl Diane Parry and is likely to meet Camila Osorio in the second round with Camila locking horns with Harmony Tan in the first round. 15th seed Victoria Azarenka will take on Ana Bogdan in round 1 while Sloane Stephens awaits a qualifier in the first round.

5th seed Anett Kontaveit starts against Ajla Tomljanovic and will then take on the winner from the clash between Astra Sharma and Varvara Gracheva. Coco Gauff awaits a qualifier and could meet compatriot Ann Li in the second round. Former champion and 10th seed Garbine Muguruza starts against Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi with Beatriz Haddad Maia looking to be Garbine’s likely second-round opponent.

Fourth Quarter Prediction: Barbora Krejcikova vs Anett Kontaveit

Women’s Singles Draw- Quarterfinals

Barbora Krejcikova
Barbora Krejcikova, defending champion at the French Open 2022

Swiatek and Pegula met earlier in Miami this season and Swiatek easily moved past the American, a result expected once again in their potential quarter-final match. Badosa and Sabalenka’s clash will be one of the fiery encounters with both players having performed well recently and it will all come down to who holds their side better as they have shown signs of inconsistency over the past few weeks.

Jabeur could move past Sakkari easily given the Tunisian’s fantastic form coming into the major having won in Madrid and a runner-up finish in Rome last week making her a heavy favourite. Sakkari has been inconsistent but surely knows how to up her game but Ons looks quite better at the moment. Krejcikova and Kontaveit could be a surprising fixture with both players in need of big results as they come in after an injury break. Given Krejcikova’s track record on the surface, she looks likely to take out the Estonian.

First Semifinal: Iga Swiatek vs Paula Badosa

Second Semifinal: Ons Jabeur vs Barbora Krejcikova

Semifinals

Ons Jabeur
Ons Jabeur

Swiatek and Badosa have been two in-form players this season with Swiatek in much better form and level at the moment and it is the perfect opportunity for the World No. 1 to take the lead in their head-to-head which is tied at 1-1 presently. Jabeur and Krejcikova could meet for the first time and given their contrasting form coming into the major, Ons looks favourite to take the lead in their head-to-head and advance to her first-ever major finals.

Finals: Iga Swiatek vs Ons Jabeur

Final

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

It could be a repeat of the 2022 Italian Open finals with Jabeur and Swiatek taking on each other once again in potentially their 5th meeting with the spoils shared so far at 2-2. Swiatek, being a major winner has experience of the final stages of the major whereas Jabeur hasn’t played a major semi-final so far in her career, something that could work very much into the hands of Swiatek who is the favourite for the French Open title this year.

2022 French Open champion: Iga Swiatek