In the opening round at the WTA Berlin Open 2021, World No. 12 and the 5th-seeded Belinda Bencic will be up against World No. 167 Jule Niemeier.
|Tournament||WTA Berlin Open 2021|
|Match||Belinda Bencic vs Jule Niemeier|
|Date||14th June, 2021|
Belinda Bencic vs Jule Niemeier : Preview
Belinda Bencic will be back on Grass since the 2019 Wimbledon where she was defeated in the 3rd round, ending a very good Grass season for the upcoming Swiss star.
She comes to Berlin from the 2021 French Open where she faced a 2nd round defeat ending her poor Clay season for the year. The 24-year old will be looking to make a good start to her Grass season and aim for some good wins before the 2021 Wimbledon begins in a fortnight.
Jule Niemeier enters the main draw after straight-set victories in both of her qualifying rounds at the Berlin Open 2021. This is the debut Grass season for the 21-year old German who steps on Grass for the first time after making her professional debut in 2017.
Jule last played in the semi-finals of the WTA Strasbourg Open 2021 where she made it till the semi-finals losing to eventual winner Barbora Krejcikova, who also won a historic double at the French Open 2021 clinching both the Singles and Women’s Doubles trophies.
Belinda Bencic vs Jule Niemeier : Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the duo, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Belinda Bencic vs Jule Niemeier : Prediction
Belinda will enter the tournament with a career Grass record of 49-20 and an overall season record of 12-11. She has maintained a minimum 50% winning ratio in all of her previous 5 Grass season and is regarded as a good player on the surface. However, it will be interesting to see, how she adapts to change in surface as she gets back on Grass after 2 years.
Jule Niemeier has 2 wins under her belt on Grass this season and will be a bit confident coming against the Swiss who will play her first match on the surface. Jule has a season record of 25-9 and given her ranking, she looks in very good form and can cause an upset against what one can expect a bit rustic Belinda. The match can swing either ways, but going by the seeding, Belinda gets the edge.
Prediction: Belinda Bencic to win in 3-sets.