The first WTA Canadian Open was played in 1892 at Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, Canada. Since its start, WTA Canadian open has had different names due to sponsors like Canadian Championships (1892-1967), Canadian Open (1968-1996), Du Maurier Open (1997-2000), Rogers AT&T Cup (2001-2004), Rogers Cup (2005-2019) and now National Bank Open (2021- present).
WTA Canadian open is the oldest women’s tennis tournament in the world, only Wimbledon Open has been longer than it. Before 2011, ATP and WTA were held on 2 different weeks in the same venue but after that, both events were held on the same week but in a different venues- Toronto and Montreal. Both Events switch their venues from year to year. Since 2021 rules have changed, now in even number years ATP is held in Montreal and WTA in Toronto and vice versa in odd number years.
2022 WTA National Bank Presented by Rogers is starting on 8th August while qualifying rounds will start on 5th August and the Final will be played on 14 August 2022. Toronto Open is categorized as a WTA 1000 masters level tournament. The event consists of 63 Singles’ main draw and 32 Doubles’ main draw. In 2022, the Event will be held on the outdoor hard court surface of Sobeys Stadium in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
Some interesting facts about Canadian Open are;
- Only 2 Canadian-born females have won the Canadian Open in history- Bianca Andreescu in 2019 and Faye Urban in 1969.
- Lois Moyes Bickle has won the Canadian Open 10 times.
- Monica Sales from the USA has a record of winning the Canadian Open for consecutive 4 years (1995-1998).
WTA National Bank Open 2022 Prize Money
In 2022, total prize commitment is $2,697,250 while in 2021 total prize money was $1,835,490. The women’s singles winner received $221,500 while the runner-up received $164,000. The women’s doubles winners were awarded $67,000 while the runners-up got $43,990.
WTA National Bank Open Prize Money & Past Champions History
In the below table, you can find out about the history of the WTA Canadian Open past winners and year-wise prize money of the event, and what’s the difference in prize money over different years.
|Year||Prize Money||Single’s Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2022||$2,697,250||Simona Halep (ROU)||Coco Gauff (USA)|
Jessica Pegula (USA)
|2021||$1,835,490||Camila Giorgi (ITA)||Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)|
Luisa Stefani (BRA)
|2020||N/A||Tournament not held||Tournament not held|
|2019||$2,830,000||Bianca Andreescu (CAN)||Barbora Krejčíková (CZE)|
Kateřina Siniaková (CZE)
|2018||$2,820,000||Simona Halep (ROU)||Ashleigh Barty (AUS)|
Demi Schuurs (NED)
|2017||$2,735,139||Elina Svitolina (UKR)||Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)|
Elena Vesnina (RUS)
|2016||$2,714,413||Simona Halep (ROU)||Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)|
Elena Vesnina (RUS)
WTA National Bank Open 2022 Top Seeds/Players List [Updated]
“When you read over that star-studded list, it’s hard not to get excited about the WTA Tour making its return to Sobeys Stadium,” said Karl Hale, Tournament Director of the National Bank Open in Toronto. “Not only is this one of the strongest, if not the strongest, the player list we’ve ever submitted, but it’s also the first time since 2019 that the National Bank Open returns to full capacity. We’re thrilled that these players will have a chance to play in front of a packed house, and we’re even happier for our fans who will get to watch tennis’ very best at the 2022 edition of the National Bank Open.”
Following are some shining stars of tennis appearing this year in the 2022 National Bank Open WTA;
|PLAYER NAME||WTA RANK||SEED #||CURRENT STATUS|
|Iga Swiatek (POL)||1st||1||Eliminated in R16 against B. Haddad Maia|
|Anett Kontaveit (EST)||2nd||2||Eliminated in R32 against J. Teichmann|
|Maria Sakkari (GRE)||3rd||3||Eliminated in R16 against K. Pliskova|
|Paula Badosa (ESP)||4th||4||Eliminated in R32 against Y. Putintseva|
|Ons Jabeur (TUN)||5th||5||Eliminated in R32 against Q. Zheng|
|Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)||6th||6||Eliminated in R16 against Coco Gauff|
|Jessica Pegula (USA)||7th||7||Playing|
|Garbine Muguruza (ESP)||8th||8||Eliminated in R16 against B. Bencic|
|Emma Raducanu (GBR)||10th||9||Eliminated in R64 against C. Giorgi|
|Coco Gauff (USA)||11th||10||Eliminated in QF against S. Halep|
|Daria Kasatkina (RUS)||12th||11||Eliminated in R64 against B. Andreescu|
|Belinda Bencic (SUI)||13th||12||Eliminated in QF against B. Haddad Maia|
|Leylah Fernandez (CAN)||14th||13||Eliminated in R32 against B. Haddad Maia|
|Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – 2021 Runner up||15th||14||Playing|
|Simona Halep (ROU)||16th||15||Playing|
|Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)||17th||16||Eliminated in R32 against A. Riske Amritraj|
WTA National Bank Open 2022 Wild Card Entry List [Updated]
|PLAYER NAME||WTA RANK||SEED #||CURRENT STATUS|
|Rebecca Marino (CAN)||111th||–||Eliminated in R64 against Q. Zheng|
|Katherine Sebov (CAN)||296th||–||Eliminated in R64 against Y. Putintseva (KAZ)|
|Venus Williams (USA)||N/A||–||Eliminated in R64 against J. Teichmann (CHE)|
|Carol Zhao (CAN)||185th||–||Eliminated in R64 against A. Anisimova|
WTA National Bank Open 2022 Champions
In the singles championship, Romanian star Simona Halep won the National Bank Open Toronto 2022. Simona defeated Brazilian star Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final set (6-3,2-6,6-3). This was Simona’s third Canadian title. Simona became 1st female to win Canadian Open in both locations, Montreal and Toronto.
In the doubles championship of the National Bank Open, American pair Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula defeated Nichole Melichar of the USA and Ellen Perez of Australia by (6-4,6-7,10-5). After winning, Coco gauff become the world’s no. 1 star in doubles ranking.
WTA National Bank Open 2021 Champions
In the 2021 singles championship, Italian star Camila Giorgi defeated Karoline Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the final. Camila won the title in straight sets (6-3, 7-5). Camila is the only Italian player to win this event in the long history of the Canadian Open.
In the doubles Championship, Canadian star Gabriela Dabrowski and Brazilian star Luisa Stefani won the championship. The winning pair defeated Darija Jurak of Croatia and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia in the final in straight sets (6-3, 6-4).
WTA National Bank Open 2022 Schedule & Draw Dates
|Monday, 8 August 2022||WTA 1st Round|
|Tuesday, 9 August 2022||WTA 1st Round|
|Wednesday, 10 August 2022||WTA 2nd Round|
|Thursday, 11 August 2022||WTA 3rd Round|
|Friday, 12 August 2022||WTA Quarterfinals|
|Saturday, 13 August 2022||WTA Semi-finals|
|Sunday, 14 August 2022||WTA Final|
WTA National Bank Open Tournament 2022 Tickets
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