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September 17, 2022

The Hologic WTA Tour heads to Asia subsequent week and the Toray Pan Pacific Open leads the best way. For the primary time since 2018, the match returns to a newly-renovated Ariake Coliseum and contains a strong subject that features Paula Badosa, Caroline Garcia, Elena Rybakina, and defending champion Naomi Osaka. 

Here is what you must learn about Tokyo:

When does the match begin?

The Toray Pan Pacific Open is a WTA 500 occasion held at Ariake Coliseum and Tennis Forest Park in Tokyo, Japan. The final version of the match was held in 2019 in Osaka because of renovations to the venue in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The match was not held the final two years because of Covid.

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Tokyo contains a 28-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw.Into its thirty seventh version, the match is performed on outside exhausting courtroom and makes use of the Dunlop Australian Open ball. 

Predominant draw play begins on Monday, Sept. 19.

When are the finals? 

The singles and doubles finals might be performed on Sunday, Sept. 25. The singles ultimate is scheduled at midday with the doubles ultimate to observe. 

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Who’re the defending champions?

Naomi Osaka captured her first title on residence soil in 2019, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 within the ultimate. Osaka would proceed to go back-to-back throughout the Asian swing, successful the China Open two weeks later. 

Chan Hao Ching and Latisha Chan took residence the doubles title, defeating Hsieh Su-Wei and Hsieh Yu-chieh 7-5, 7-5.

Who’re the highest seeds?

1. Paula Badosa
2. Caroline Garcia
3. Garbiñe Muguruza
4. Veronika Kudermetova
5. Beatriz Haddad Maia
6. Karolina Pliskova
7. Alison Riske-Amritraj
8. Elena Rybakina

World No.4 Badosa and No.10 Garcia lead this yr’s robust subject. The draw options 4 main champions, with Muguruza, Rybakina, Naomi Osaka and Sofia Kenin, and three former No.1s in Muguruza, Osaka, and Pliskova. 

The highest 4 seeds have byes into the second spherical. 

What does the draw appear to be?

What’s the prize cash and rating factors on supply?

First Spherical: 1 level/$8,080
Second Spherical: 55 factors/ $11,185
Quarterfinals: 100 factors/$20,505
Semifinal: 185 factors/$42,010
Last: 305 factors/$71,960
Champion: 470 factors/$116,340

Key Storylines

Naomi Osaka returns to Japan: The defending champion has loved constant success on the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She was a two-time finalist earlier than breaking by means of to win the title in 2019 when the occasion was hosted in her hometown of Osaka. She’ll have a troublesome process within the opening spherical after drawing Daria Saville. The winner will face both No.5 seed Haddad Maia or Yuki Naito.

Caroline Garcia seems to maintain rolling: The Cincinnati champion noticed her 13-match win streak come to an finish to Ons Jabeur within the US Open semifinals however her run put her again within the High 10 for the primary time since 2018. Garcia will face both Zhang Shuai or Mai Hontama within the second spherical.

Race to the WTA Finals heats up: With Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur already certified, six spots stay for the WTA Finals in Fort Value, Texas. 4 gamers can bolster their positions in Tokyo. Garcia sits at No.5 on the Race leaderboard behind Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff and will overtake them each with a title run.

Kudermetova sits at No.10 within the Race and Badosa is true behind her at No.10. A late season push from Haddad Maia, who’s at present at No.17, might see the Brazilian surge up the leaderboard.