World No. 1 Iga Swiatek leads a strong field that includes four of the top 5 on the Hologic WTA Tour at next week’s AGEL Open in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The field also includes Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, Seoul champion Ekaterina Alexandrova, as well as Jelena Ostapenko and Emma Raducanu.
What you need to know about Ostrava:
When does the tournament start?
The AGEL Open 2022 is a WTA 500 event starting on Monday October 3rd. The tournament will be played on an indoor hard court at Ostravar Arena and will use the Dunlop AO ball.
Ostrava features a singles draw with 28 players and a doubles draw with 16 teams.
When are the finals?
Both finals will take place on Sunday 9 October. The doubles final is scheduled for 12:00 p.m., the singles final does not follow until 2:30 p.m
Who are the defending champions?
Last fall, Anett Kontaveit started the best end of the season of her career by winning her second title of the year in Ostrava. Then in 30th place, Kontaveit defeated Sorana Cirstea, Paula Badosa, Belinda Bencic, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sakkari to win the title. Kontaveit won 22 of her last 25 games of the season before making her WTA Finals debut and finishing the year ranked 7th.
In doubles, Sania Mirza and Zhang Shuai defeated Kaitlyn Christian and Erin Routliffe 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
Who is playing in Ostrava?
1. Iga Swiatek
2. Paula Badosa
3. Anett Kontaveit
4. Maria Sakkari
5. Daria Kasatkina
6. Belinda Bencic
7. Beatrice Haddad Maia
8. Yelena Ostapenko
In addition to Swiatek and Ostapenko, Ostrava will host five other Slam champions in Rybakina, Raducanu, Victoria Azarenka, Barbora Krejcikova and Petra Kvitova. Also included is the Czech Republic’s highest-ranked player, Karolina Pliskova, No. 19.
How does the draw look like?
The draw ceremony will take place on Saturday 1st October at 16:00
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
Swiatek returns to action: The world No. 1 will play her first tournament since winning her first US Open title and seventh title of the season.
Drive to the WTA Finals heats high: More than any other segment of the season, the next three weeks will be about points where a game can decide a player’s fate after the season. Just ask Ons Jabeur and Anett Kontaveit. The Estonian was ranked 30th as she marched to the Ostrava title last year, eventually overtaking Jabeur to finish in the top 8 and qualify.
Players in race positions 10-20 in Ostrava:
Maria Sakkari (Race #10)
Paula Badosa (Race #11)
Madison Keys (Race #12)
Belinda Bencic (run. 13)
Beatriz Haddad Maia (Race #14)
Anett Kontaveit (Race No.17)
Yelena Ostapenko (race #18)
Ekaterina Alexandrova (Race #20)
Kasatkina tries to secure qualifying chances: Along with Swiatek, Kasatkina is the only other player in the top 8 of the race playing this week. Champion at San Jose and Granby this summer, Kasatkina sits 7th in the race and just over 100 points behind Coco Gauff in 4th.
Alexandrova, Ostapenko, Raducanu Building on Seoul: All three players finished in the last four in Seoul last week, with Alexandrova beating Ostapenko to win her second title of the season. The biggest questions concern Ostapenko and Raducanu, both of whom picked up injuries in their last games.