The first main draw of the 2022 season is out 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 will face Victoria Azarenka in the first round.
Led by World No.1 Ashleigh Barty and No.2 Aryna Sabalenka, the 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 is set to play her first tournament since the US Open; she shut down her season after New York to return to Australia.
The 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 into the second round.
The top half of the draw is loaded, with Barty, Swiatek, Badosa, Kenin, Petra Kvitova, Coco Gauff and US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez vying for a strong start to the season. Barty could open her season against Gauff. The 17-year-old American faces a qualifier in the first round, with the winner to face the Aussie in the second round.
The blockbuster matchup of the first round features Badosa against Azarenka, with the winner to play either Kvitova or Australian wildcard Priscilla Hon. In their first meeting, Badosa narrowly edged Azarenka 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(2) in the final of the BNP Paribas Open last October.
The top seeds in the bottom half of the draw include Sabalenka, Sakkari, Rybakina and Svitolina. Seeded at No.3, Sakkari will open against 2021 French Open semifinalist Tamara Zidansek, while No.7 seeded Rybakina will face Australian wildcard Storm Sanders. No.8 seed Svitolina faces Russia's Anastasia Gasonova in the first round.
Main draw play begins on Monday, Jan. 3 at 11:00 a.m.
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