Australian Open 2022 women’s draw: Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka could potentially lock horns in round 4+

After a long wait, the official women’s draw for the Australian Open 2022 is finally out. The first Grand Slam of the year will see the best players in the world compete.

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However, many stars like Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Brady and Bianca Andreescu are absent from the tournament. Nonetheless, the lineup at Melbourne Park will be memorable, with defending champion Naomi Osaka returning to defend her title.

Australian star Ashleigh Barty is definitely one of the favorites to win the major. On the other hand, many are expecting two-time Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka to mark her comeback with a championship.

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The Australian Open 2022 Women’s Draw Seeds

Naturally the best player in the world Ashley Barty is also the top seed at this year’s Australian Open. In fact, the local crowds should also favor her, since she’s an all-Australian champion. Barty has yet to win his first australian open and looks set to lift her first major cup ahead of her fellow Aussies.

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 20, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady of the U.S. pose with trophies after their final match REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Belarusian star and world number 2 Aryna Sabalenka is right behind Barty as the second seed. Thus, she is now the opposite of Barty, having secured her place at the bottom of the table.

World No. 3 Spanish player Garbine Muguruza is the third seed, according to the Australian Open 2022 Women’s Draw. Also, right next to the two-time Grand Slam champion is Czech star Barbora Krejcikova. Both are rated #3 and #4 respectively.

The latter’s compatriot and former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova is absent from the women’s draw for the Australian Open 2022. Unfortunately, an injury to her right hand forced Pliskova to remove of the Grand Slam, and the fans are sure to miss her a lot.

On the other hand, two-time Australian Open champion and defending champion Naomi Osaka is seeded #13. She will be looking to return to tennis emphatically after her sabbatical in the second half of 2021.

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Iga Swiatek, who withdrew from a warm-up tournament ahead of the Australian Open, is the No. 7 seed. Furthermore, Simona Halep appears to be in pretty good shape as the No.14-ranked star is in contention for Australian Open glory.

Australian Open 2022 women’s draw named British star Emma Raducanu at #17. Incidentally, the 2021 US Open champion will face the 2017 US Open champion, Sloane Stephens, in the very first round.

Australian Open 2022: what the final rounds could look like

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during her quarter-final match against Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchova. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

According to the Australian Open 2022 women’s draw, all four quarter-final matches could potentially be delightful heavyweight encounters in women’s football.

Indeed, the match between the two title favorites that everyone is looking forward to could only be the fourth round! Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty could face off in the fourth round itself if they remain undefeated until then.

In addition, the Canadian star Leylah Fernandez is the 23rd seed in the tournament and will meet 31st seed Marketa Vondrousova in the first round.

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