One of the best lineups in recent memory is set to kick start this week’s WTA Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tournament in San Jose, California.
Maria Sakkari enters the tournament as the top seed, but Ons Jabeur is the top betting favorite in the 32-player field according to the latest betting online odds.
Elsewhere, Naomi Osaka is one of several dangerous floaters in the draw after taking a wild card into the event. The others include surprise Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and rising American stars Coco Gauff and Amanda Anisimova.
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WTA Silicon Valley Classic Outrights
- Ons Jabeur +500
- Aryna Sabalenka +650
- Naomi Osaka +650
- Elena Rybakina +800
- Cori Gauff +800
- Paula Badosa +1000
- Maria Sakkari +1100
- Amanda Anisimova +1100
- Bianca Andreescu +1100
- Garbine Muguruza +2000
- Veronika Kudermetova +2000
- Daria Kasatkina +2000
- Karolina Pliskova +2200
- Madison Keys +2800
- Beatriz Haddad Maia +3000
- Camila Giorgi +3000
- Qinwen Zheng +6000
- Shuai Zhang +8000
Main draw in San Jose (WTA 500), where Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur, and Aryna Sabalenka are the top seeds.
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) July 30, 2022
Sakkari leads the charge in the first quarter of the draw. The Greek was a finalist at this event in 2018 and a semifinalist in 2021.
Sakkari receives a bye into the second round where she will face either America Shelby Rogers or Canadian Bianca Andreescu. As far as matchups go, both present tough obstacles for the Greek in the R16 – on paper.
Andreescu is slowly finding form as she works her way back into full-time tournament play. This is Andreescu’s first tournament since suffering a second-round exit at Wimbledon. Rogers is also making her first appearance after a first-round exit at the All England Club.
Should Sakkari survive this early hurdle, a potential showdown with American rising star, Anisimova, looms in the quarterfinals. Anisimova is enjoying a banner season. She was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon, beating compatriot Coco Gauff in the third round before falling to Simona Halep in the final eight.
Another quarterfinal challenger that could prove tricky is Karolina Pliskova. The big-serving Czech is still looking for form this season after missing the first few months with a wrist injury. If she gets hot in San Jose, the power player can blow anyone off the court.
Alternative matchups that could emerge include American Ashlyn Krueger and Britain’s Katie Boulter. Krueger will take on Anisimova in the first round while Boulter faces Pliskova. An upset in either of these opening matchups could shake up this quarter entirely.
Jabeur Features in Second Quarter
The Tunisian trailblazer headlines a tough second quarter that includes in-form Beatriz Haddad-Maia, home favorite Madison Keys, and multiple grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza.
Jabeur is seeded third in the tournament and receives a bye into the second round. She is making her first appearance since finishing runner-up to Rybakina at the All England Club.
She could be tested right out of the gates by Keys or Shuai Zhang in the R16. To be fair, Keys might be the tougher opponent of the two. The California native will have home crowd support in abundance.
Should Jabeur overcome her opening challenger in the R16, she could face either Haddad-Maia, Muguruza, Camilla Giorgi, or Claire Liu in the quarterfinals. Again, all three opponents could be potential stumbling blocks, including the lesser-known American Liu.
Sabalenka Tops Third Quarter
Belarusia’s Aryna Sabalenka is in the midst of a topsy-turvy season, blowing hot and cold from tournament to tournament. For example, she was a finalist at s-Hertogenbosch (l. To Alexandrova). A week later in Berlin, she crashed out in the first round.
When Sabalenka’s on, she’s a tough player to beat. In San Jose, though, she’ll need to be switched on right out of the gates as she falls into a tough section that includes 2021 runner-up Daria Kastakina and 2022 Wimbledon champion Rybakina. Elsewhere, Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova lurks as a potential stumbling block.
If there’s a section that could be turned on its head, it’s the third quarter. Anyone of these top players could emerge into the quarters.
Gauff, Badosa Drawn into Fourth Quarter
Gauff is set to make her San Jose debut when she opens her tournament against Ukraine’s Anhalina Kalinina. The 18-year-old is coming off stellar clay and grass swings that included a runner-up finish at the French Open and a semi-final appearance in Berlin.
Gauff gets no favors from the draw, however, as the R16 could see her square up to multiple grand slam champion Osaka or Qinwen Zheng.
Paula Badosa, the No. 2 seed, flanks the opposite side of the fourth quarter. She receives a bye into the second round where she could face a qualifier or Alison Riske-Amritraj.