The first main draw of the 2022 season is over and the Adelaide International, a WTA 500 event, will see a rematch of one of the best finals of the 2021 season, with Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa taking on Victoria Azarenka in the first round.
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Led by world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, Adelaide International boasts a field that includes five of the Top 10, including 2021 champion Iga Swiatek, No. 5 Maria Sakkari and No. .8 Badosa. Barty will play his first tournament since the US Open; closed his season after New York to return to Australia.
2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, Elena Rybakina and Elina Svitolina round out the top eight seeds. The top two seeds, Barty and Sabalenka, have byes in the second round.
The top half of the frame is loaded, with Barty, Swiatek, Badosa, Kenin, Petra Kvitova, Coco Gauff and US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez vying for a good start to the season. Barty could open his season against Gauff. The 17-year-old American faces a qualifier in the first round, and the winner will face the Australian in the second round.
The highly successful first round matchup features Badosa against Azarenka, and the winner will be either Kvitova or Australian wildcard Priscilla Hon. In their first match, Badosa narrowly edged Azarenka 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-6 (2) in the final of the BNP Paribas Open last October.
The seeds in the lower half of the frame include Sabalenka, Sakkari, Rybakina and Svitolina. Seeded No. 3, Sakkari will start against 2021 French Open semi-finalist Tamara Zidansek, while No. 7 seed Rybakina will take on Australian wild card Storm Sanders. The No.8 seed Svitolina faces Russia’s Anastasia Gasonova in the first round.
The main draw starts on Monday, January 3 at 11:00 a.m. M.
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Main draw at the Adelaide International (WTA 500), where Ash Barty and Aryna Sabalenka are the top two seeds.