With 75 tournaments organized during the 2022 season on the circuit, the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) is the circuit coveted by the best players in the world. Played from January to December on the 5 continents of the globe, it is very difficult to be able to follow all the tournaments! WTA tournament, here are the biggest events of the season not to be missed!
WTA tournament: the 4 Grand Slams, unmissable events
With Ashleigh Barty retiring this year, the new world number 1 on the circuit is called Iga Swiatek! A new queen who will want to extend her success to the 4 major tournaments! But the competition will be present, with Ons Jabeur, Paula Badosa, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova or the Americans Coco Gauff and Danielle Collins. So many players who will want to shine in the 4 WTA Grand Slam tournaments.
The Australian Open early in the season
Set very early in the season, in January, the Australian Open is the 1er major WTA tournament of the 2022 tennis season. In the heart of summer in the southern hemisphere with temperatures that can rise very high (and on occasion cause physical disappointments), you have to know how to be very solid to come and win in Melbourne. With 8 successes in Oceania, Serena Williams is the record holder for victories in the Open era and feels right at home on the Rod Laver Arena!
Watch out for the fall at Roland Garros
Clay courts always have characteristics that may not be suitable for all players. Mastering slips is an art that you have to know how to tame. If some players do not succeed, others feel comfortable at Roland Garros. With a constant battle, surprises and twists and turns, the French Open offers a high-level draw and exciting matches every year. And then a Grand Slam in France is simply unmissable!
WTA Wimbledon tournament, the baseline in the spotlight
If, as with the boys, Wimbledon has often crowned offensive players (S.Graf, M.Navratilova or J.Hénin), we must admit that the WTA tournament has been changing for several years, and that it is now possible to come and win in London by being a follower of the baseline game. Even if having a good serve is always decisive, many players can now claim to come and win in the oldest WTA tournament in the world!
Anything is possible at the US Open
If the women’s Grand Slams are often hotly contested, the US Open is the best example. In recent years, surprises like B.Andreescu, E.Raducanu or even S.Stephens have created a sensation by winning at Flushing Meadows under the noses of the favorites. Disputed in September, the organizations are starting to stick their tongues out as the last major of the season approaches and the results may therefore surprise more than one!
WTA 2022 tournament: 8 women’s Masters 1000
Like its male counterparts, the women’s circuit has WTA 1000 tournaments that keep you going for the rest of the season. Less rated than the 4 Grand Slams, they are nevertheless contested by the very best players in the world. Eight in number and played from February to October, the WTA 1000 are tournaments not to be missed!
The Qatar Open kicks off the WTA 1000 season. Played after the Australian Open, this 1er WTA 1000 tournament is a rehearsal before heading to the United States. Even less well endowed than its competitors, it remains a special event in the season.
Then destination Indians Well and Miami!
As for men, the WTA 1000 in Indians Well and Miami are unmissable events. Always appreciated by the players, these 2 tournaments offer us a great show during the 10 days of competition and often give an idea of the forces present for the rest of the season.
Madrid and Rome in preparation for Roland Garros
If Roland Garros generally does not start until the end of May, the clay court season starts at the beginning of April. But the real fight begins during the WTA 1000 tournament in Madrid, launching hostilities on this surface. Followed in stride by the WTA tournament in Rome, the players rehearse their last scales there before going to Paris, theater of the 2n/a Grand Slam tournament of the season.
Toronto and Cincinnati to arrive in shape at the US Open
With the US Open as the last WTA Grand Slam tournament in September, players on the circuit travel to North America very often to prepare for the last big game. For this, the WTA 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati offer a high-level stage every year which coincides with a dress rehearsal. The players who perform well during these tournaments are often present at the end of the US Open!
The newcomer, the WTA 1000 tournament in Guadalajara
A few weeks after the US Open will take place the WTA 1000 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The last major tournament of the 2022 season, which will culminate this 2022 season on the WTA circuit. If the presence of the best players will be confirmed, the framework and the level should make this WTA tournament the final bouquet of the season!
WTA tournaments: how are the points distributed?
Each WTA tournament played gives points to the players. Grand Slam, WTA 1000, WTA 500 points distribution overview.
Grand Slam points
Winner: 2000 points
Finalist: 1300 points
Semi-finalist: 780 points
Quarter-finalist: 430 points
Eighth runner-up: 240 points
3rd round: 130 points
2nd round: 70 points
1st round: 10 points
Points in WTA 1000
Winner: 1000 points
Finalist: 650 points
Semi-Finalist: 390 points
Quarter-finalist: 215 points
Eighth runner-up: 120 points
3rd round: 65 points
2nd round: 35 points
1st round: 10 points
Points in WTA 500
Winner: 470 points
Finalist: 305 points
Semi-Finalist: 185 points
Quarter-finalist: 100 points
Eighth runner-up: 55 points
2nd round: 30 points
1st round: 1 point
The 75 tournaments played this season on the WTA circuit will ensure a show of beauty. With 4 Grand Slams, 8 WTA 1000, 12 WTA 500, the WTA calendar will still be very busy in 2022 and the best players in the world will still offer us emotions through the biggest tournaments in the world played on the 5 continents. Winning a Grand Slam or a WTA 1000, becoming world number 1, are ambitions worthy of the greatest players on the tennis planet.
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