Date: 8 August 2022
Tournament: Canadian Open 2022
Round: First round (Round of 64)
Venue: Toronto, Canada
Prize money: $5,926,545
Live telecast: USA – Tennis Channel | Canada – Sportsnet, TVA Sports | UK – Amazon Prime Video | India – Sports 18
Ninth seed Emma Raducanu will face Italy’s Camila Giorgi in the first round of the 2022 Canadian Open in Toronto on August 8.
The Brit has had a tough start to her season. Raducanu faced early exits in all three Grand Slams of the year, not going past the second round in any of them. Overall, she has won just 11 matches out of the 24 she has featured in so far this year.
The World No. 10 rose to fame after lifting the US Open in 2021 but has shown little to no signs of replicating her form since then. In her last outing at the Citi Open, the teenager lost to Ludmilla Samsonova 6(6)- 7, 1-6 in the quarterfinals.
With a win percentage of just 46% in 2022, the reigning US Open champion will be aiming to play herself back into form before showing up at Flushing Meadows later this month to defend her title.
Playing against her in the opener in Canada is defending champion Camila Giorgi. The 30-year-old is coming off after a disappointing outing at the Silicon Valley Classic, where she fell in the first round to Veronika Kudermetova.
The World No. 29, who has a 13-12 win/loss record in 2022, started the season rather well, reaching the third round at the Australian Open. However, her run was cut short by eventual winner Ashleigh Barty with a straight-sets demolition job.
The 2021 Olympic quarterfinalist had impressive outings at the French Open, progressing as far as the fourth round before losing to Daria Kasatkina. Giorgi performed well at the Birmingham Classic as well, where she lost to Beatriz Haddad Maia in the quarterfinals.
She replicated her form at the Eastbourne International the following week, as she reached the semifinals of the grass tournament before being overpowered by Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets.
At Wimbledon, however, the World No. 29 faced a first-round exit at the hands of Magdalena Frech. As she enters the Canadian Open, therefore, the defending champion will be on a three-match losing streak.
This will be the first meeting between Raducanu and Giorgi on the WTA Tour, meaning their head-to-head record currently stands at 0-0.