- The 2022 WTA Sydney Tennis classic begins Monday, January 10th
- The tournament returns after a two-year hiatus
- Continue below for the odds to win outright and a preview of what to expect this week
After a two-year hiatus due to not just the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the formation of the ATP Cup, the WTA Sydney Tennis Classic is back. This tournament is considered one of the oldest tennis tournaments around, and has always been a big opportunity for players to focus in and prepare for the Australian Open.
Six of the WTA Top 10 are competing, and once again, the World No. 1, Ashleigh Barty leads the way to win it all. She’s coming off a win at the Adelaide Open, where she captured her 14th WTA singles title. Barty, along with Garbine Muguruza will receive a first-round bye, as the top two seeds.
It seems like it will take a lot of hard work and a bit of luck to defeat Barty, but let’s break down a few others to watch, and where the best bet might be at this tournament.
WTA Sydney Tennis Classic Odds
| Ashleigh Barty||+200|
| Garbine Muguruza||+550|
| Anett Kontaveit||+650|
| Barbora Krejcikova||+900|
| Elena Rybakina||+1100|
| Paula Badosa||+1200|
| Ons Jabeur||+2000|
| Sofia Kenin||+2000|
Odds as of January 9th at Barstool Sportsbook.
The tournament will be broadcasted live on the Tennis Channel in the United States, and both DAZN and TSN in Canada.
Because of the two-year hiatus, this is a tournament that Barty is not super familiar with. But the Aussie doesn’t seem to be too worried about that. Less than 24-hours ago, Barty collected her first trophy of 2022, and did it in just over an hour.
— wta (@WTA) January 9, 2022
The 25-year old will be competing in the top half of the draw, alongside fourth seed Anett Kontaveit, seventh seed Ons Jabeur and ninth seed Elena Rybakina. Petra Kvitova, Emma Raducanu and Jessica Pegula are also in the top half, just unseeded.
This tournament will do exactly what it is meant to do for Barty, and that’s get her ready for the Australian Open. She currently has at least one win against all the seeded players, and a winning record against all but Paula Badosa, where their head-to-head record sits at 1-1.
Technically there is a defending champion heading into this year’s edition of the tournament. It dates back to 2019, but Petra Kvitova will be defending her title.
The current World No. 17 enters the tournament unseeded, but with +1400 odds to win outright.
She’ll open up her tournament against Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands. This will be the second meeting between the two. Their one and only match happened in the round of 64 at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open, where Kvitova won in straight sets.
Grand Slam Champions
Alongside Barty, who she herself is a Grand Slam Champion, there’s a handful of champions that will be competing this week as well. All of whom are more than capable to capture this title themselves.
Revised main draw at the Sydney Tennis Classic after Iga Swiatek withdrew due to rib injury. pic.twitter.com/6ZTvn38yqr
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) January 9, 2022
Four of the seeded players have captured at least one Slam in their career. Iga Swiatek recently withdrew due to injury, but should she have stayed in the tournament, it would’ve been more than half the seeded players having won a Slam. And there a few unseeded players who have gone on to win a Grand Slam themselves, including Raducanu.
Barty seems the be the one to beat once again, but there will also be a lot of eyes on the young superstar Raducanu. The 19-year old was originally slated to take on Swiatek in her opening round of the tournament, but since Swiatek withdrew, she’ll now go up against Elena Rybakina. Rybakina will still be a tough opponent for the Brit, as she’s coming off a finals appearance in Adelaide.
After Barty’s first-round bye, she’ll be facing either wildcard Priscilla Hon or Jaqueline Cristian. She won’t even have the possibility of seeing a fellow seeded player until the third round, but most likely won’t be tested until the semifinals. Riding the confidence and momentum she’s gained from Adelaide, makes her the one to beat her in Sydney, no doubt.
Best Bet: Ashleigh Barty (+200)