Swiatek to Headline San Diego Open


Swiatek to Headline San Diego Open

Iga Swiatek is heading to San Diego.

US Open champion Swiatek will headline the San Diego Open.

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The world No. 1 leads a stellar field featuring 16 of the world’s Top 20 women’s professional tennis players at next month’s inaugural San Diego Open WTA 500 Tournament.

The Hologic WTA Tour event will take place Saturday, October 8th through Sunday, October 16th at Barnes Tennis Center located at 4490 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107.

Swiatek won her first US Open singles title, second major title of 2022, and third Grand Slam overall, last week at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., as she defeated fifth-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the final.

The inaugural San Diego Open WTA 500 player field will include the following competitors: 

1 Iga Swiatek, Poland, Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain, Anett Kontaveit, Estonia, Veronika Kudermetova, Russia, Paula Badosa, Spain, Jelena Ostapenko Latvia, Jessica Pegula, United States, Danielle Collins, United States, Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus, Madison Keys, United States, Coco Gauff, United States, Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil, Caroline Garcia, France, Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic,  Daria Kasatkina, Russia, Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic.

American Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open singles champion, received a direct entry into the San Diego Open WTA 500 main draw with a WTA special ranking.

“I’m looking forward to playing in San Diego again. I remember playing at Barnes Tennis Center a few years ago during the USTA Girls’ Nationals. It’s a very nice facility and the fans were super supportive,” said American Coco Gauff, who is ranked No. 8 in the WTA singles rankings. “It’s always great to have tournaments at home in the US. Hopefully I can find a day to visit the incredible San Diego beaches.”

“With so many Top 20 players entered in the tournament, this will be one of the strongest player fields for a professional tennis event in San Diego sports history,” said Tournament Director Ryan Redondo. “We are expecting large crowds each day. Our 2,000-seat main stadium will be filled to capacity. I urge fans to purchase tickets as soon as possible.”

The tournament will offer $757,000 in prize money and will have a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. A 24-player qualifying draw will also be played with six qualifiers advancing to the main draw. Qualifying rounds will be played Oct. 8-9 with Main Draw matches starting Oct. 10 and concluding with the singles and doubles final on Oct. 16.

Tickets for the inaugural San Diego Open WTA 500 are on sale now at the tournament website at: https://barnessdopen.com/

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