The US Open kicks off next week with the Hologic WTA Tour returning to North American hard courts. This year, the Swap Silicon Valley Classic boasts its best run in over a decade, welcoming five of the Tour’s top 10 to the WTA 500 as well as Coco Gauff, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, and Wimbledon champ Elena Rybakina.
The US Open includes the summer tennis season in North America, connecting nine events from the WTA Tour and the ATP Tour as the tours make their way to the final four tournaments of the season in New York.
Here’s what you need to know about San Jose:
When does the tournament start?
The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the WTA 500 tournament held at the tennis complex of San Jose State University in California. The tournament has a rich history as a leading event. Co-founded by Billie Jean King, the tournament was the first event on the historic women’s professional tennis tour in 1971, a precursor to the WTA.
San Jose is characterized by a singles tie with 28 players and a doubles tie for 16 teams. The Wilson US Open Regular Duty ball will be used and electronic line calls will be used on the field court.
Main Draw Show starts Monday, August 1 at 10:00 AM, Night sessions start at 7:00 PM
What is the date of the finals?
Both finals will take place on Sunday 7 August. The singles final will start at 2:00 pm, with the doubles final to follow at 4:00 pm
Who are the expected top seeds?
1. Maria Scarry (WR No. 3)
2 – Paula Padusa (WR No. 4)
3. Ons Jabeur (WR No.5)
4 – Arina Sabalenka (WR No. 6)
5. Garbiñe Muguruza (WR No.8)
6. Coco Gauff (WR No. 11)
7 – Daria Kasatkina (WR No. 12)
8. Karolina Pliskova (WR No. 15)
Who are the hero defenders?
Last year’s title was taken by Danielle Collins, a back-to-back title from Palermo to San Jose. She defeated American Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-7 (10), 6-1 to win her second career title. Unfortunately, Collins had to withdraw from this year’s event due to a neck injury.
In the doubles, Darija Jurak and Andrea Klebak defeated first seed Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani 6-1, 7-5.
What does the lottery look like?
The raffle will take place on Friday, July 29th.
What are the prize money and ranking points offered?
First round: 1 point / $8,110
Round 2: 55 points / $11,260
Quarter-finalist: 100 points / $22,080
Semi-finals: 185 points / $42,010
Finalist: 305 points / $71,960
Champion: 470 points / $116,340
Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina is back in action: San Jose will be Rybakina’s first since her incredible run to win her first championship title. Rybakina made her tournament debut last year and advanced to the quarter-finals. She lost in both sets to eventual champion Collins.
Ons Jabeur is ready to get back on the hard court: The finalist at Wimbledon had a few weeks to deal with being far from the title. Now it’s back to work. The world seeded 5th finalist or better in five of her last seven championships, but this race came exclusively on natural surfaces. Can she transfer her success to the hard court?
Naomi Osaka returns to where it all began: Osaka recorded her first major draw at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Championship when the tournament was held at Stanford University in 2014. After that, the 16-year-old ranked outside the top 400, but worked her way through the playoffs to achieve her first major draw. There, she stunned Samantha Stosur in the first round to claim her first Hologic WTA Tour win.
This will be Osaka’s first appearance in the tournament since her move to San Jose and her first since Roland Garros.
Coco Gauff debuts in the tournament: The finalist at Roland Garros is knocking on the door of his first appearance in the top ten, currently sitting behind Emma Radocano in 11th place. The 18-year-old sits third in the Porsche race to the WTA Finals behind Iga Swiatek and Jabeur. She has reached the semi-finals or better in two of her last three tournaments.
What you need to know about Citi Open in Washington, DC
The WTA 250 event also kicks off in Washington, DC, on Monday. There’s no shortage of storylines for this year’s Citi Open, with defending champion Jessica Pegula, 2021 US Open champion Emma Radocano, and two former No.
This year’s stadium also features Venus Williams, who is set to play her first singles event since last year’s WTA 250 in Chicago, as well as the return of 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.
The main draw is in Washington, DC (250 World Tennis Championships), where Jessica Pegula, Emma Radocano, Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka were the top seed.
Venus Williams – Qualifiers pic.twitter.com/ihOypqT3ax
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