The second Grand Slam tournament of 2022 is approaching, with the world’s best tennis players gearing up for the French Open.
A total of 32 women’s singles players will be seeded for Roland-Garros. Here’s who is expected to fill those spots.
French Open women’s singles seeding predictions
|1||Iga Świątek (Poland)|
|2||Paula Badosa (Spain)|
|3||Barbora Krejčíková (Czechia)|
|5||Maria Sakkari (Greece)|
|6||Anett Kontaveit (Estonia)|
|7||Karolína Plíšková (Czechia)|
|8||Danielle Collins (USA)|
|9||Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)|
|10||Ons Jabeur (Tunisia)|
|11||Emma Raducanu (Great Britain)|
|12||Jeļena Ostapenko (Latvia)|
|13||Belinda Bencic (Switzerland)|
|14||Jessica Pegula (USA)|
|16||Coco Gauff (USA)|
|18||Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan)|
|19||Angelique Kerber (Germany)|
|20||Leylah Fernandez (Canada)|
|21||Simona Halep (Romania)|
|22||Madison Keys (USA)|
|24||Tamara Zidanšek (Slovenia)|
|27||Sorana Cîrstea (Romania)|
|28||Elise Mertens (Belgium)|
|29||Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)|
|30||Petra Kvitová (Czechia)|
|31||Camila Giorgi (Italy)|
|32||Markéta Vondroušová (Czechia)|
Note: Based on current rankings and confirmed withdrawals
Who was the last unseeded woman to win the French Open?
Current world no.3 Barbora Krejcikova was the last unseeded competitor to win the women’s singles at Roland-Garros, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in last year’s final.
The Czechia star was ranked 33rd when she beat 31st seed Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 2-6 6-4.
Krejcikova is the third unseeded woman to win at Roland-Garros since 2017 – joining Jelena Ostapenko (2017) and Iga Swiatek (2020).
Why are players seeded in tennis?
Seeding is used at most major tennis tournaments to ensure top players don’t face each other in the early rounds.
The first and second seeds of a tournament are placed on opposite ends of the draw so that they can face each other in the final (if they win all their games).
For Grand Slams, 32 players are seeded, determined by current world rankings and player eligibility.
Some tournaments – notably Wimbledon – use a ‘surface-based system’ to alter seeds depending on the player’s history on a particular playing surface.