SAN JOSÉ, CA (July 5, 2022) – Fans attending the 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic will have the opportunity to see the tournament’s greatest player field since 1984, as seven top-10 players are among the 20 players on the Official WTA entry list announced today.
The list of top-10 ranked entries includes No. 2 ranked Ons Jabeur, No. 4 Paula Badosa, No. 5 Maria Sakkari, No.6 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Danielle Collins, and No. 10 Garbiñe Muguruza. The seven top-10 players are the most since 1984 when the event hosted eight top-10 players.
The impressive group of players also includes 2022 Roland Garros finalist Coco Gauff, 2017 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic champion Madison Keys, and current Wimbledon quarterfinalists Amanda Anisimova and Elena Rybakina. The tournament has also issued a wildcard to 2019 US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu.
“The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has been featuring the world’s best tennis players for more than 50 years and this year’s player field elevates that tradition,” said tournament director Vickie Gunnarsson. “From top to bottom this player list is loaded. Every session this year will have top-ranked talent which is great for fans.”
The 2022 tournament will be one of the most competitive in the event’s history with 19 of the 21 players having won at least one WTA singles title. Overall, the field has combined to win 81 career singles titles. Six of the players have already won titles this year.
This is truly a Grand Slam quality field with 18 of the players having reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal, while 10 have reached a major semifinal of better.
Topping this year’s player list is Tunisian On Jabeur. This groundbreaking star has taken the tennis world by storm over the last two seasons. In 2021 she captured the singles title at the Birmingham Classic becoming the first Arab woman to win a WTA title. She is the also the first Arab woman to advance to a Grand Slam quarterfinal having done so at the 2020 Australian Open and at Wimbledon in 2021. She is currently into the semifinals at this year’s Wimbledon Championships which conclude this week. In 2021 she broke into the top-10 of the WTA singles rankings becoming the first Arab player, man or woman, to achieve a top-10 ranking. The No. 2 ranked players in the world, Jabeur has already won two titles this season.
Spanish star Paula Badosa is making her Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic debut. She has won three career WTA singles titles including a win in Sydney earlier this year. Currently ranked No.4 in the world she reached a career-high ranking of No. 2 in April.
Fan favorite Maria Sakkari returns to San José for the third time. The World No. 5 is the highest-ranked Greek woman ever and always seems to play her best tennis at the home of the San Jose State Spartans. In her two previous appearances she reached the final in 2018 and the semifinals in 2019.
World No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, a Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic finalist in 2019, has won 10 career WTA singles titles. In 2021 she reached the semifinals of both Wimbledon and the US Open, and ended the season ranked No. 2 in the world. In addition to her singles success, she is a former No. 1 ranked doubled player and has won two Grand Slam doubles titles at 2019 US Open and 2021 Australian Open.
World No.7 Karolina Pliskova has captured 16 career WTA singles titles. She is a two-time Grand Slam finalist including last year at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2016. She is also a former World No. 1 having achieved the top ranking in 2017.
World No.8 and defending champion Danielle Collins returns to San Jose. The top-ranked American broke into the top-10 following her impression start to the season which included her first Grand Slam finals appearance at the 2022 Australian Open.
World No. 10 Garbiñe Muguruza has captured 10 career WTA singles titles including Roland Garros in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017. In September 2017, she ascended to the World No. 1 ranking joining Arantxa Sanchez Vicario as the only Spanish women to reach the top spot.
Other players to watch include 2021 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic finalist Daria Kasatkina, two-time winner on tour this year Beatriz Haddad Maria, and Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. Cornet pulled off one of the year’s biggest upsets at Wimbledon defeating World No. 1 Iga Swiatek and snapping her 37-match win streak.
This year’s tournament will also serve as a showcase for USA talent with six of the top-7 ranked American players entered including Collins, Gauff, Keys, Anisimova, Alison Riske-Amritraj and Shelby Rogers.
The remainder of the 28-player draw will be completed with four tournament qualifiers and three additional wildcards.
Tickets for the 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic are available now. Get your tickets today for this historic Bay Area event and see many of the world's best tennis players as they return to San José State University, August 1-7, 2022.
Opening round tickets start at only $20. Weeklong and Finals Weekend ticket packages are also available at www.MubadalaSVC.com. Secure your tickets today and help celebrate the best in women's tennis as many of the world's most talented players compete for one of the oldest and most prestigious titles on the Hologic WTA tour.
The event also has many hospitality options, including private entertainment areas for corporate events, premier seating options, and tennis clinics.
The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has a rich history as a groundbreaking event. Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic was the first event of the historic 1971 women's professional tennis tour, a precursor to the WTA.
Created for women by women, the tournament’s list of past champions reads like a who's who of tennis legends including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, and Kim Clijsters.
2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Acceptance List (as of July 5, 2022)
Last Name, First Name, Country, Ranking
JABEUR, ONS (TUN), 2
BADOSA, PAULA (ESP), 4
SAKKARI, MARIA (GRE), 5
SABALENKA, ARYNA, 6
PLISKOVA, KAROLINA, (CZE), 7
COLLINS, DANIELLE (USA), 8
MUGURUZA, GARBINE (ESP), 10
GAUFF, COCO (USA), 12
KASATKINA, DARIA, 13
KUDERMETOVA, VERONIKA, 21
RYBAKINA, ELENA (KAZ), 23
KEYS, MADISON (USA), 24
ANISIMOVA, AMANDA (USA), 25
GIORGI, CAMILA (ITA), 27
HADDAD MAIA, BEATRIZ (BRA), 28
ALEXANDROVA, EKATERINA, 30
KALININA, ANHELINA, 34
RISKE-AMRITRAJ, ALISON (USA), 36
CORNET, ALIZE (FRA), 37
ROGERS, SHELBY (USA), 39
ANDREESCU, BIANCA (CAN), 56 WC
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