WTA Lyon Open 2022: Women’s Singles Draw Preview, Analysis, and Prediction

The WTA Lyon Open 2022 will be the third edition of the tournament which will have a new champion this year with no former champion in the draw.

Camila Giorgi, Sorana Cirstea, Viktorija Golubic - Top 3 seeds of the WTA Lyon Open 2022
Camila Giorgi, Sorana Cirstea, Viktorija Golubic - Top 3 seeds of the WTA Lyon Open 2022

The WTA Lyon Open 2022 will be the 3rd edition of the tournament and one of the final two events of the month of February in the WTA calendar. It will be the first WTA tournament in France for the year for categories of 250 and above. Played on outdoor hardcourts, the tournament will have 250 points to offer for the champion. Defending champion Clara Tauson will not be defending her title this year while maiden champion Sofia Kenin also misses the tournament which will give the tournament a new year this time.

Tournament Details:

  • TournamentWTA Lyon Open 2022
  • Date: February 28 – March 6
  • Number of Entrants: 28 (Singles), 16 (Doubles)
  • Venue: Palais des Sports Gerland, Lyon
  • Surface: Hardcourt
  • Prize Money: $239,477
  • Defending Champion: Clara Tauson

Top Seeds

  • Camila Giorgi
  • Sorana Cirstea
  • Viktorija Golubic
  • Alize Cornet
  • Jasmine Paolini
  • Ana Konjuh
  • Alison Van Uytvanck
  • Shuai Zhang

Women’s Singles Draw Analysis and Prediction

Top Half

Viktorija Golubic
Viktorija Golubic

Top seed Camila Giorgi starts against local girl Caroline Garcia with the winner set to take on the winner from the all-Italian clash between Elisabetta Cocciaretto and Martina Trevisan. Varvara Gracheva will take on Kristina Kucova while 7th seeded Alison Van Uytvanck will take on Vera Zvonareva to kickstart the proceedings.

3rd seed Viktorija Golubic begins against Greet Minnen while Anna Friedsam starts against Vitalia Diatchenko. Danka Kovinic will take on Arantxa Rus while local girl Kristina Mladenovic will start against 8th seeded Shuai Zhang.

First Semi-Final Prediction: Viktorija Golubic vs Camila Giorgi

Bottom Half

Sorana Cirstea
Sorana Cirstea

5th seeded Jasmine Paolini starts against Irina Bara with the winner set to meet the winner from the clash of Oceane Dodin and Tamara Korpatsch. 4th seed and the home favourite Alize Cornet starts against Cristina Bucsa with the winner set to take on either Dayana Yastremska or Ana Bogdan.

2nd seed Sorana Cirstea starts against Mariam Bolkvadze with the winner set to take on either Stefanie Voegele or Elsa Jacquemot in the second round. Yuriko Miyazaki will take on Anna Bondar in the first round and their winner will clash with the winner of the clash between Katie Boulter or 6th seeded Ana Konjuh.

Second Semi-Final Prediction: Alize Cornet vs Sorana Cirstea

Semifinals

Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi

In what could be the first meeting for Golubic and Giorgi on the Tour having played earlier in the Fed Cup, Giorgi looks the one to move ahead and reach the finals given her superior record on the surface as compared to the Swiss woman. Veterans Cornet and Cirstea could meet for the 7th time and for the first time since 2016. Cornet will be the favourite given her better record on the surface and form this season.

WTA Lyon 2022 Final: Camila Giorgi vs Alize Cornet

Final

Alize Cornet
Alize Cornet

It could potentially be the 8th meeting between Giorgi and Cornet and their first since 2020. Cornet had won the first two meetings but Giorgi has since then won the next 5 to take a 5-2 lead in the head-to-head. Given Cornet’s run at the 2022 Australian Open, she looks the favourite to capture the title on her home soil.

Champion: Alize Cornet

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