WTA Ostrava Open 2021: Women’s Singles Draw Preview and Prediction

The 2021 Ostrava Open will begin from September 20 and will feature some big names like Iga Switek, Petra Kvitova, Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari.

Maria Sakkari, Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic and Petra Kvitova
Maria Sakkari, Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic and Petra Kvitova

The first WTA 500 tournament after the US Open, the Ostrava Open will commence from September 20 and will feature some of the best players on the tour. Iga Swiatek will lead the playing field while home favorite Petra Kvitova is seeded second.

Tournament Details:

  • Tournament: Ostrava Open 2021
  • Date: September 20 – 26, 2021
  • Number of Entrants: 28 (Singles), 16 (Doubles)
  • Venue: Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Surface: Hard Court
  • Prize Money: $565,530
  • Defending champion: Aryna Sabalenka

Top Seeds at the Ostrava Open 2021

  • Iga Swiatek
  • Petra Kvitova
  • Belinda Bencic
  • Maria Sakkari
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Women’s Singles Draw Preview and Prediction

Top Half

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek will headline the top half of the draw and gets a first round bye. She will play either Shuai Zhang or Yulia Putintseva in the Round of 16. Swiatek is drawn alongside 7th seed Elena Rybakina who opens against Veronika Kudermetova. Swiatek and Rybakina are expected to meet in the quarterfinals.

In the bottom quarter of the top half, inform Maria Sakkari gets an opening round bye and could face a tough second round match against Jelena Ostapenko. The Greek is further drawn alongside 5th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who takes on a qualifier in the first round. In an all Czech encounter, Katerina Siniakova faces Tereza Martincova with the winner facing Pavlyuchenkova in the Round of 16. Sakkari or Ostapenko are expected to meet Pavlyuchenkova in the last 8.

1st Semifinal Prediction: Iga Swiatek vs Maria Sakkari

Bottom Half

Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova

Home favorite Petra Kvitova receives a first round bye and would face either Caroline Garcia or Anastasia Potapova in the second round. Multiple grand slam champion, Angelique Kerber would lock horns with Swiss Jil Teichmann in the opener and could face Alison Riske in the second round.

Olympic gold medallist and third seed Belinda Bencic would face the winner of Sara Sorribes Tormo vs Anastasia Zakharova in the Round of 16 after getting an opening round bye. 9th seed Paula Badosa opens against Varvara Gracheva and would face either Anett Kontaveit or Sorana Cirstea in the second round. Badosa and Bencic are expected to play in the quarterfinal.

2nd Semifinal Prediction: Belinda Bencic vs Angelique Kerber

Semifinals

Belinda Bencic
Belinda Bencic

World No.8 Iga Swiatek will face US Open semifinalist Maria Sakkari in the first semifinal. The Pole is performing consistently since the past year but will be tested against the Greek’s power game. Expect a thrilling encounter with Sakkari powering her way into the final.

Two in form players, Belinda Bencic and Angelique Kerber will clash in the second semifinal. They both have very similar gamestyle and will look to push each other deep on court to take an upper hand. The match could go down the distance with Bencic just sneaking into the final.

Final prediction: Maria Sakkari vs Belinda Bencic

Ostrava Open Final

Maria Sakkari
Maria Sakkari

The Ostrava Open final will be played between Maria Sakkari and Belinda Bencic. Both the players are in amazing form and are hard hitters of the tennis ball. The match will be closely contested and however manages to hold their nerve should out out as the victor.

Champion: Maria Sakkari

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