WTA Melbourne Summer Set 2022 Tournament Preview
Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep are leading the way among a strong crop of WTA talent in two of the first events of the 2022 season.
The Melbourne Summer Set is actually a series of tournaments, including two WTA 250 events and an ATP 250 event, all played simultaneously and at the same venue.
The Melbourne Summer Set main draw will be held from 4-9th January. Viewers can tune in to matches and replays on Amazon Prime, depending on location.
Each tournament has a draw of 32 players with no players receiving a first round bye.
Summer Set 1 includes four-time Slam winner and defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka as the top seed.
The second seed is two-time Major winner Simona Halep, with world number 31 Veronika Kudermetova coming in as third seed.
In Summer Set 2, American Jessica Pegula is top seed, with Elise Mertens seeded second and Daria Kasatkina third.
Teen talents Clara Tauson and Marta Kostyuk are seeded sixth and eighth respectively as they look to continue their rise up the WTA rankings.
Finally, 2011 US Open champion and home talent Sam Stosur receives a wildcard into the event ahead of the Australian Open.
Stosur recently announced that the Melbourne Slam will be her singles farewell before retiring from doubles as well at the end of the 2022 season.
Fans will be hoping to see Osaka and Halep face off come the final of Summer Set 1 in what would be their sixth meeting.
The duo have not played each other since the Italian Open of 2018, before Osaka’s breakthrough Slam triumph at the 2018 US Open. Halep leads the head-to-head 4-1.
Before that Halep could face compatriot Elena-Gabriela ruse in the second round should both Romanians win their opening encounters.
In Summer Set 2, Pegula could take on compatriot Amanda Anisimova in the quarter-finals.
37-year-old wildcard Stosur faces a qualifier before likely playing 19-year-old Tauson in the second round if she comes through.
Where is the Event held?
The Melbourne Summer Set takes place at Melbourne Park, the grounds for the Australian Open, on outdoor hard courts.
Ranking Points Breakdown
The two tournaments are WTA 250 events, meaning ranking points are awarded as follows:
Champion – 280 points
Runner-up – 180 points
Semi-finals – 110 points
Quarter-finals – 60 points
Round of 16 – 30 points
Round of 32 – 1 point
The total prize money on offer for each event is $239,477.
Can I buy tickets?
Tickets for the 2022 Melbourne Summer Set can be purchased here.
How to follow the tournament
Make sure to get all the information you need for men’s tournament with our ATP Melbourne Summer Set 2022 tournament preview.
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