How much did Caroline Garcia and Borna Coric win at the 2022 Cincinnati Open?
Caroline Garcia became the first qualifier to win a WTA 1000 event while Borna Coric is the lowest ranked ATP Masters champion in history.
Caroline Garcia and Borna Coric made history at the Cincinnati Open on Sunday as the Frenchwoman became the first qualifier ever to win a WTA 1000 event and the Croatian installed himself as the lowest-ranking ATP Masters champion in history. Garcia, who beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the final, was ranked 35 going into the main draw and came through the qualifiers previously to claim the title. Coric, a former world number 12 who dispatched Stefanos Tsitsipas after beating Rafa Nadal, Cameron Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime en route to the final, was ranked 152 in the world when the tournament began after spending most of the season feeling his way back from a shoulder injury that had sidelined him for a year.
Garcia, a former world number four, last won a WTA 1000 event in 2017 when she claimed titles in Wuhan and Beijing during the Asian hard court swing and became the first qualifier to claim a top-tier event since the WTA introduced the 1000 series in 2009. The 28-year-old, twice a French Open champion in doubles, beat top-10 ranked players Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula en route to her straight sets victory over Kvitova.
Coric has always been a big-game player and was tipped for stardom from an early age after winning the 2013 US Open junior title. Injuries have curtailed the 25-year-old’s progress and by his own admission he previously had a tendency to switch off after beating a player in the top 10, something he has been no stranger to when fit and firing – he beat Tsitsipas, seeded four as he was in Cincinnati, en route to the US Open quarters in 2020. This was only Coric’s second Masters final, his previous appearance coming in 2018 when he was beaten by Novak Djokovic in Shanghai.
Cincinnati Open 2022 prize money
As well as the title, the trophy and a significant bump up the ranking – Garcia will re-enter the top 20 and earn a seeding at the US Open after her triumph – the winners in Cincinnati will take home a sizeable check after the organizers of the Western & Southern Open increased prize money considerably for this year’s tournament. The total pool for the ATP Masters event in 2022 stood at $6,280,880, an almost 30% bump from last year, while the WTA prize money was set at $2,527,250, a rise of almost 20% over the previous year.
As champions, Garcia will take home a check for $412,000 and Coric $970,020.
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