The WTA Berlin Open 2021 will be the first of the two WTA-500 Grass tournaments before the mega showdown at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
The tournament got discontinued for nearly a decade having changed it’s surface from Clay to Grass. It was going to kick off from the 2020 season, but due to the Pandemic it got cancelled, marking the 2021 season the debut of the tournament as a WTA-500 event on Grass.
- Tournament: Berlin Open 2021
- Date: June 14-20, 2021
- Venue: Berlin, Germany
- Surface: Grass
- Prize Money: $565,530
Top seeds at the Berlin Open 2021
- Aryna Sabalenka
- Elina Svitolina
- Bianca Andreescu
- Karolina Pliskova
- Belinda Bencic
- Garbine Muguruza
- Victoria Azarenka
- Karolina Muchova
Women’s Singles Draw Analysis and Prediction
The 1st quarter contains the 1st seeded Aryna Sabalenka and 8th seeded Karolina Muchova of which Aryna has been granted a first round bye and moves into the 2nd round directly. All the 7 players will be back on Grass for the first time since 2019, hence it will be interesting to see how the cope to change in surface.
Quarter-Final Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka vs Karolina Muchova
The 2nd quarter has 4th seeded Karolina Pliskova and 8th seeded Victoria Azarenka as the two seeds, with Pliskova having received a bye in the first round. It also contains the likes of 3-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber and upcoming American star Jessica Pegula. The majority will make their Grass debuts and will be coming from the recently concluded French Open 2021.
Quarter-Final Prediction: Karolina Pliskova vs Angelique Kerber
The 3rd quarter has 3rd seeded Bianca Andreescu who gets a bye in the first round and also has 6th seeded Garbine Muguruza. It is one of the most competitive quarter having the likes of Sorana Cirstea, Elena Rybakina and American teen sensation Amanda Anisimova in the race for the title.
Quarter-Final Prediction: Elena Rybakina vs Bianca Andreescu
The 4th quarter has 2nd seeded Elina Svitolina and 5th seeded Belinda Bencic with Svitolina already in the 2nd round by the virtue of a first round bye. The quarter also contains players like Petra Martic, Ekaterina Alexandrova and surprise element in the form of American player Asia Muhammad who can cause an upset.
Quarter-Final Prediction: Elina Svitolina vs Belinda Bencic
The first semi-final can see local-girl Angelique Kerber take on the top-seed Aryna Sabalenka who’s been in good form throughout the season. Kerber certainly knows her way on Grass having been the champion at the 2018 Wimbledon and will be the favourite in her match against Aryna as she has defeated the Belarusian in their only previous meeting as well.
In the second semi-final, one can expect the meeting between Bianca Andreescu and Swiss national Belinda Bencic who has the better record as compared to her potential match-ups in her quarter.
Given the grass records, Kerber looks certain to make it to the finals in her homeland, unless her fitness becomes and issue for her, and looks most likely be up against Bencic who will be a tough match for Andreescu who is making her comeback after an injury lay-off.
Winner: Angelique Kerber to win the WTA Berlin Open 2021.
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