In the opening round at the WTA Berlin Open 2021, World No. 16 and the 7th-seeded Victoria Azarenka will be up against World No. 129 Andrea Petkovic.
|Tournament||WTA Berlin Open 2021|
|Match||Victoria Azarenka vs Andrea Petkovic|
|Date||15th June, 2021|
Victoria Azarenka vs Andrea Petkovic : Preview
Victoria Azarenka will be back on Grass for the first time since the 2019 Wimbledon where she lost in the 3rd round and will be looking to get some good wins under her belt before she enters the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, chasing her maiden title at the Grand Slam, after having reached the semi-finals on two occasions but couldn’t move ahead.
The former World No. 1 last played at the French Open 2021 losing in the third round to eventual runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Andrea Petkovic enters the main draw by getting the wildcard that sees the German skip the qualifying rounds. Similar to Victoria she will be back on Grass for the first time since her 1st round defeat at the 2019 Wimbledon.
Andrea’s continued struggle with form due to consistent injuries have taken the former World No. 9 to out of the Top-100 rankings as she looks to bounce back to get back to her glory days. She last played at the French Open 2021 and was defeated in the first round despite having won the first set.
Victoria Azarenka vs Andrea Petkovic : Head to Head
It will be the 4th career meeting between the two and first meeting in nearly 8 years having last met at the 2013 Beijing Open. This will also be their first Grass meeting after having played all 3 of their matches on different surfaces. Azarenka won on Clay and Indoor Hard court while Petkovic won on Outdoor Hardcourt. Azarenka leads the head-to-head tie 2-1.
Victoria Azarenka vs Andrea Petkovic : Prediction
Azarenka has a career Grass record of 50-22 and is currently 9-3 for the season. On the other hand, Petkovic is 26-25 on Grass in her career while she has been poor this year with a record of 4-10. Azarenka looks the clear favourite to win the tie on the basis of current form and performances.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to win in straight-sets.