Cincinnati 2022: Women’s Draw, Schedule, Players, Prize Pool Breakdown & More

The next stop on the tennis calendar is the Western & Southern Open, scheduled for August 14-21 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The combined men’s and women’s tournament will give players a chance to brush up on their games and get some matches off the ground before heading off to the US Open later this month.

While the men’s event is part of the ATP Masters 1000 series, the women’s competition is classified as the WTA 1000.

All eyes will be on two-time champion Serena Williams as she makes her final appearance in Cincinnati before her imminent retirement. The 23-time Grand Slam champion drew reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu in a blockbuster first-round match.

Main draw in Cincinnati, where Iga Swiatek, Anett Kontaveit, Paula Badosa and Maria Sakkari are the top seeds. Round 1: Serena Williams vs. Emma Raducanu#CincyTennis https://t.co/KnNLOZORWN

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, Anett Kontaveit, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka are some of the other names drawing in a star-studded 56-player singles.

With fireworks aplenty in Cincinnati over the course of the following week, here’s everything you need to know about the tournament:


What is the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati?

The Western & Southern Open began on clay in 1899 at the Avondale Athletic Club and has grown into one of the most prestigious tournaments on the tennis calendar. After changing venues several times, the event finally settled in Mason in 1979 when it became a permanent hard court tournament.

The women’s tournament was not held between 1974 and 1987 before being reinstated for a year in 1988. It was discontinued again from 1989 to 2003. The women’s tournament has been held annually since 2004.

Since 2011, when the tournament name was changed to the Western & Southern Open, the men’s and women’s tournaments have been held concurrently in the same week.

Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong, Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are some of the players who have won the trophy in the past. Both Serena and Azarenka have emerged victorious twice in Cincinnati.

Former world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is the defending champion but she announced her retirement earlier this year.


Venue

The combined hard court tournament will be played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in the Cincinnati, Ohio suburb of Mason.


player

Iga Swiatek in action at the National Bank Open Toronto
Iga Swiatek in action at the National Bank Open Toronto

Iga Swiatek, Anett Kontaveit, Paula Badosa, Maria Sakkari, Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka, Jessica Pegula and Garbine Muguruza are the top 8 seeds of the women’s singles draw. Each of them got a bye to the second round.

Since Swiatek won her second Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in June, she has been struggling for form. After the Pole was knocked out in the round of 16 in Toronto this week, the Pole is desperate to bounce back in Cincinnati.

The number 2 in the world, Anett Kontaveit, is also suffering from the long-term consequences of a positive COVID-19 test. The Hamburg runner-up didn’t get past the second round in Toronto and hopes to find her rhythm next week.

Badosa, on the other hand, withdrew from her opening match at the Canadian Open due to unwellness. It remains to be seen if she has fully recovered ahead of the Western & Southern Open.

Sakkari lost a thrilling round of 16 match in Toronto and will try to get deeper into the draw this time in Cincinnati.

Of the other four seeds mentioned above, only Pegula has managed to break the round of 16 barrier at the ongoing Canadian Open. The American is currently in the last four and is keen to bring momentum from Toronto to her home country.

Also Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova will try to get rich in Cincinnati after their semifinal runs in Toronto.

Elena Rybakina, Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Amanda Anisimova and Beatriz Haddad Maia are some of the other players to keep an eye on.


Schedule

The qualifying rounds will take place on August 13th and 14th, with the first round matches starting in the night session on August 14th. Quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are scheduled for August 19th, 20th and 21st respectively.

The official tournament schedule can be found here.


prize money

Total prize money for this year’s edition is $2,527,250. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of $412,000 and 900 leaderboard points. Here is a detailed breakdown of prize money and leaderboard points:

prize money ranking points
winner $412,000 900
runner up $242,800 585
semifinalist $125,000 350
quarter final game $57,440 190
round of 16 $28,730 105
round of 32 $16,340 60
Round of 16 64 $11,725 1

where to see

Viewers in the US, Australia, UK and Canada can watch the Western & Southern Open live on the following channels and websites:

United States of America: Matches are broadcast Tennis Channel & Bally Sports RSN.

UNITED KINGDOM: Fans in the UK can follow the proceedings live Amazon Prime Video.

Australia: All games will be televised be in sports.

Canada: Viewers in Canada can watch all matches on TSN.


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