By Janet Kondo
SAN JOSÉ, CA (August 2, 2022) - On the second day of the 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff dominated the courts, advancing to their highly anticipated second round matchup on Thursday at 7 pm.
The star power of the four-time Grand Slam Champion Osaka drew in an impressive crowd drawing 2,005 fans marking the highest Tuesday day session total since 2011 and the second-highest session attendance since the event moved to San José. Osaka overcame a fierce Zheng Qinwen performance dominating the third set, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
In the featured evening match, 2022 French Open finalist Gauff put on a near perfect performance against Anhelina Kalinina. Gauff stole the show, closing out the match 6-1, 6-0, setting up Thursday’s face-off against Osaka.
Tuesday's opening session was highlighted by two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers defeating 2019 US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu 6-4, 6-2. Andreescu battled recurring back pain during the match, affecting her performance as Shelby took control.
Shelby will face top-seed Maria Sakkari on Thursday afternoon.
The session opened with two Americans, Kayla Day and Caroline Dolehide thrilling the morning crowd with a marathon two-setter. Dolehide prevailed in two-hours, 7-6, 6-4.
Ninth-seeded Veronika Kudermetova was also pushed to the limit defeating Camila Giorgi in a strenuous two-and- a-half-hour match, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5. Tuesday’s final match was an impressive victory by San Jose, California native Claire Liu defeating Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, 6-2, 7-5.
Wednesday’s line-up features Paula Badosa, Daria Kasatkina, Amanda Anisimova and Karolina Pliskova, in action during the day session, and the anticipated battle of 2017 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Champion Madison Keys and Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur during the evening session at 7 pm.
Thursday's evening session is already SOLD OUT. Tickets for the remaining sessions of the 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, August 1-7 at San José State University are available now at www.MubadalaSVC.com.
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.
ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1971, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world. Owned and operated by IMG, the Hologic WTA Tour 500-level event is the first women's stop on the US Open Series and features a 28-player singles draw, and 16-team doubles draw.
ABOUT MUBADALA: Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi. Mubadala's $284 billion (AED 1045 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profit while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the economy of the United Arab Emirates. For more information about Mubadala Investment Company, please visit: www.mubadala.com
ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: The US Open Series is a true "regular season" of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summers of WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. The Series features a cohesive weekly schedule and centralizes how tennis is viewed across multiple television and digital platforms in North America. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with various outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
ABOUT IMG: IMG is a global leader in sports, events, fashion, and media. The company manages some of the world's greatest athletes and fashion icons own and operates hundreds of live events annually and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training, and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, global sports, and entertainment company.
ABOUT SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY: The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges. With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce. The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.