Draws, storylines and everything you need to know

The Hologic WTA Tour heads to Asia next week and the Toray Pan Pacific Open is leading the way. Returning to a newly renovated Ariake Coliseum for the first time since 2018, the tournament features a solid field that includes Paula Badosa, Caroline Garcia, Elena Rybakina and defending champion Naomi Osaka.

What you need to know about Tokyo:

When does the tournament start?

The Toray Pan Pacific Open is a WTA 500 event held at Ariake Coliseum and Tennis Forest Park in Tokyo, Japan. The last edition of the tournament was held in Osaka in 2019 as the venue was renovated in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The tournament did not take place in the last two years due to Covid.

Tokyo features a singles draw with 28 players and a doubles draw with 16 teams. In its 37th edition, the tournament will be played on an outdoor hard court and will use the Dunlop Australian Open ball.

The peloton begins on Monday September 19th.

When are the finals?

The singles and doubles finals will be played on Sunday 25th September. The singles final is scheduled for 12:00 p.m., followed by the doubles final.

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Who are the defending champions?

Naomi Osaka claimed her first title on home soil in 2019, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in the final. Osaka would continue during the Asian swing and two weeks later would win the China Open.

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

Who are the top seeds?

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

World No. 4 Badosa and No. 10 Garcia lead this year’s strong field. The draw includes four major champions with Muguruza, Rybakina, Naomi Osaka and Sofia Kenin, as well as three former No. 1s in Muguruza, Osaka and Pliskova.

The top four seeded players have a bye into the second round.

How does the draw look like?

What prize money and ranking list points are there?

First round: 1 point/$8,080
Second round: 55 points/ $11,185
Quarterfinals: 100 points/$20,505
Semifinals: 185 points/$42,010
Finals: 305 points/$71,960
Champion: 470 points/$116,340

Important storylines

Naomi Osaka returns to Japan: The defending champion enjoyed consistent success at the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She was a finalist twice before breaking through and winning the title in 2019 when the event was held in her hometown of Osaka. She will have a tough task in the opening round after drawing Daria Saville. The winner meets either Haddad Maia (No. 5) or Yuki Naito.

Caroline Garcia wants to continue: The Cincinnati winner saw her 13-game winning streak end against Ons Jabeur in the US Open semifinals, but her run brought her back into the top 10 for the first time since 2018. Garcia meets either Zhang Shuai or Mai Hontama in second Round.

The race for the WTA Finals is heating up: With Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur already qualified, six spots remain for the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Four players can strengthen their positions in Tokyo. Garcia sits 5th on the race leaderboard behind Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff and could overtake them both in a title run.

Kudermetova sits 10th in the race and Badosa is right behind her in 10th. A late season push from Haddad Maia, currently 17th, could see the Brazilian shoot up the rankings.

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