Serena Williams is not the only big name who is warming up for the final Grand Slam of the year by trying for the title at the upcoming Toronto Open. The 23-time Grand Slam winner is up against some serious competition.
The former World No.1 made her long-awaited return to tennis at Wimbledon this year. She may have fallen off at the opening round but that has not stopped her and she continues to make her comeback on her way to this years US Open.
She kicks off her second singles event since coming back to active play at the Toronto Open on Monday. And given her history at the tournament and record of 27-3, she is likely going to be one of the biggest contenders there.
But the thing is, she is not the only big fish in the pond.
Should she make it past the qualifiers, she could potentially meet either Victoria Azarenka, a former World No.1, or Tokyo Open gold medalist Bencic.
Other potential matches for the tennis great include the current World No.1 Iga Swiatek, four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, and Canadian teen sensation Leylah Fernandez. This is Fernandez’s first warm-up event since missing Wimbledon due to a foot injury.
Also on the draw is the US Open defending champion Emma Raducanu.
“Not only is this one of the strongest, if not the strongest, player list we’ve ever submitted, but its also the first time in three years that the National Bank Open returns to a full capacity.”
“We’re thrilled that these players will have a chance to play in front of a packed house, and were even happier for our fans who will get to watch tennis very best at the 2022 edition of the National Bank Open.”