Determining a favorite in the women's Grand Slam draw tends to be difficult, especially in a Slam like the Australian Open 2022. However, something must be said about the draw. We know that despite everything, the number one of the big group - as well as the freshest champion of the WTA 250 from Adelaide - will have a very big chance.
Naomi Osaka, who preferred to opt for the forfeit in the semifinals in the first tournament of the season to better prepare the Slam down-under. In the third round she could find Belinda Bencic, the challenge with Ashleigh Barty would be in the second round.
Number four of the seeding Barbara Krejcikova: she did not take for granted the first round match with Andrea Petkovic. Also present in the same portion of the board were Elina Svitolina - called to redeem after a not so brilliant start to the season - Coco Gauff and the Spanish Paula Badosa.
Aryna Sabalenka closes the draw: wild card Sanders, presumably Leylah Fernandez in the second round and one between Petra Kvitova and Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals, on the path of the Belarusian tennis player. The third-quarter of the board is definitely more crowded with Garbine Muguruza covering the role of number three.
The problems for the Spaniard should however arise starting from the round of 16, in a completely theoretical line, with Simona Halep. Definitely favored over an Emma Raducanu still on the hunt for certainties and on a collision course with a former Grand Slam champion like Sloane Stephens.
The situation of Elena Rybakina (called to the derby with Zarina Diyas in the first round) on the same side also Danielle Collins and especially Anett Kontaveit should also be carefully monitored.
Australian Open 2022 Draw: Djokovic with Nadal, Zverev and Medvedev!
The main draw of the Australian Open 2022 takes shape with Novak Djokovic. The question mark obviously remains. The delay of about sixty minutes of the ceremony had made us think of a final decision: it was not so. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reiterated that the idea of evaluating the possibility of visa cancellation has not changed.
In theory, the world number one should face Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round, Tommy Paul in the second and 'our' Lorenzo Sonego in the third. Following the logic of seeding, Christian Garin could be in the second round.
Among the top sixteen seeded, probably the most affordable on the surface. In the same quarter of the draw also Matteo Berrettini. For the number one of the Italy group, the complicated challenge with Brandon Nakashima in the first round could be a prelude to the softer one with the winner of the match between Jiry Vesely and the now American child prodigy Stefan Kozlov.
In the same segment also, and above all, Carlos Alcaraz: a qualified and Marton Fucsovics on the path of the Spanish talent. Fabio Fognini does not fish very well either, on a collision course in the first round with Tallon Griekspoor: absolute revelation of the past season.
At the top-half also Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal. In theory, the two could find themselves in the quarters. On the road to seeding number three Daniel Altmaier and presumably John Millman. The top seed in the eighth is Denis Shapovalov.
It should also be a relatively soft debut for the 2009 champion, who after Marcos Giron could still find Thanasi Kokkinakis. Strictly speaking, the first real obstacle could come out of the challenge between Hubert Hurkacz and Aslan Karatsev.
Semi-finalist in 2021. The bottom-half Daniil Medvedev and Nick Kyrgios in the second round? Yes, it is a possibility. Also because there should only be Henri Laaksonen and a qualified player. The number two in seeding obviously falls within the group of very favorites.
In theory, there shouldn't be any major hitches on the road to the semifinal: probably only Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals. The Russian will face Gianluca Mager in the first round. Four Italians present in the fourth of Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has not yet given guarantees on physical conditions after the forfeit in the ATP Cup.
Difficult, but not impossible, a derby between Andreas Seppi (who will challenge Majchrzak) and Lorenzo Musetti (called to much more complicated test with Alex de Mianur, number thirty-two of the seeding). In the middle Jannik Sinner.
The number two of the Italy group fishes quite well: after a qualifier, presumably the challenge with the winner of the match between Andy Murray and Nikoloz Basilashvili. The worst possible opponent in the quarterfinals, based on the very cold ranking, could be Casper Ruud.