Seven of Top 10 and four former champions in the mix

The Hologic WTA Tour moves back to Europe on Monday, where a host of top players will test themselves on the indoor red clay of Stuttgart at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

The draw for the 45th edition of the WTA 500 event was released on Sunday, and the field is packed as usual. Seven of the world’s Top 10 are included in this year’s lineup, led by World No.1 Iga Swiatek.

View the full 2022 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix draw HERE!

Top half

Swiatek resides at the top of the draw, where she has a bye like all of the Top 4 seeds. Swiatek is on a career-best 19-match winning streak, which includes titles at WTA 1000 events at Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, and two victories at this weekend’s Billie Jean King Cup qualifier.

Top-ranked Swiatek, making her Stuttgart debut, will face either Viktorija Golubic or a qualifier in the second round. Her potential quarterfinal opponent could be No.8 seed Emma Raducanu, the reigning US Open champion.

Raducanu played the first professional clay-court match of her career on Friday, which she won over World No.50 Tereza Martincova in Billie Jean King Cup qualifying. She was defeated in her second clay-court match by Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday.

The second quarter is led by No.4 seed Maria Sakkari. After her first-round bye, Sakkari will face someone who is very comfortable on clay: either 2021 Roland Garros semifinalist Tamara Zidansek or wildcard Laura Siegemund, who won the Stuttgart title in 2017 and was runner-up in 2016.

At the bottom of the second quarter, two Czech former champions will square off in the opening round, where No.6 seed and 2018 champion Karolina Pliskova will face 2019 champion Petra Kvitova.

Bottom half

The third quarter sees No.5 seed and 2019 runner-up Anett Kontaveit taking on one of the event’s top performers, Angelique Kerber, in the first round.

Former World No.1 Kerber has had some of her top Hologic WTA Tour successes on home soil in Stuttgart, winning back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016.

No.3 seed Aryna Sabalenka is in that quarter as well, coming off her tournament debut last year where she went all the way to the final before losing to Ashleigh Barty. After her opening bye this year, Sabalenka could meet the returning Bianca Andreescu in the second round.

Having last played at 2021 Indian Wells last October, 2019 US Open champion Andreescu will play her first match of the season against wildcard Jule Niemeier in the first round. The event marks only the fourth tour-level clay-court event of Andreescu’s career.

The fourth quarter has No.2 seed Paula Badosa at the bottom of the draw. After her first-round bye, Badosa will take on either Elena Rybakina or a qualifier in the second round. It will be Badosa’s main-draw debut at the event, having only played qualifying once before, in 2018.

The jam-packed fourth quarter also features No.7 seed Ons Jabeur having a first-round clash against Vondrousova, the 2019 Roland Garros finalist and last year’s Olympic silver medalist.

The winner of the Jabeur/Vondrousova match will have another tricky tilt in the second round against either Coco Gauff or Daria Kasatkina. Gauff will be making her Stuttgart tournament debut this year.

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