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Last year, the Western & Southern Open moved from Cincinnati to New York City due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Victoria Azarenka won the title then, because Naomi Osaka withdrew from the finals. Both women are in the WTA 1000 class, which belongs to the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The best Polish tennis player at the moment, Iga Świątek, was ranked sixth and made a fortune at the start. The 20-year-old’s first opponent will be Tunisia’s Anas Jabeur or Estonian Anett Kontaveit. If the Roland Garros 2020 champion wins the first meeting, she can stand in her way, among others Czech Petra Kvitova. However, in the possible quarter-finals, Elina Suitolina, who is seeded with “four”, may wait.
Magda Linate second from Biao Zeronich went to the third quarter. The Poznan player tied in the first round with the former leader of the WTA rankings and two-time Grand Slam champion, Simona Halep. The Romanian has just returned to the Tour after health issues, so the Polish women will have a chance against such a title contender.
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The Belarusian woman Arina Sabalenka and the Czech Karolina Pliskova were in the Linate district. On the other hand, the top-ranked tennis player in the bottom half is Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the “Second” Champion. Also in the second quarter came Canadian Bianca Andreescu and Tokyo Olympic champion Belinda Benesi. Interestingly, already in the first round there will be a second match for the gold medal at this year’s Olympic Games, because the Swiss competitor was Marketa Vondrosova from the Czech Republic.
The tallest seed in Cincinnati is Australian Ashleigh Barty. The WTA ranking leader will face the playoffs first. At the next stage, she may face a duel with the championship of Belarus and Victoria Azarenka. In the possible quarter-finals, Barti Cech, Barbora Krijkov and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza could wait.
Competition for the 2021 Western & Southern Open will begin on Sunday. The eight highest-ranked singles tournament participants bid farewell in the first round.
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The main arc is drawn:
Ashleigh Barty (Australia, 1) Bye
Alison Riske (USA) – Q
Question: Victoria Azarenka (Belarus, 14)
Barbora Krezhikova (Czech Republic, 9) – Daria Kasatkina (Russia)
Catherine McNally (USA, WC) – Diana Gastremska (Ukraine)
Question: Sloane Stephens (USA, WC)
Garbine Muguruza (Spain, 8) bye
Elina Suitolina (Ukraine, 4)
Maria Sakkari (Greece) – Andelika Kerber (Germany)
Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) – Tamara Zidansic (Slovenia)
Ekaterina Alexandruwa (Russia) – Jennifer Brady (USA, 13)
Petra Kvitova (Czech, 11) – Madison Keys (USA)
Weronika Kudermetowa (Russia) – Q
Anas Jaber (Tunisia) – Annette Kontaveit (Estonia)
Iga Świątek (Poland, 6) Free Fate
Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic, 5) Bye
Julia Botensiwa (Kazakhstan) – Q
Jessica Pegola (USA) – Sirajuddin
Magda Linate (Poland) – Simona Halep (Romania, 12).
Elise Mertens (Belgium, 15) – Nadia Podroska (Argentina)
Samantha Stosur (Australia, WC) – Jelena Rybakina (Kazakhstan)
Paula Padusa (Spain) vs Petra Martic (Croatia)
Arina Sabalenka (Belarus, 3) Free Fate
Bianca Andreescu (Canada, 7) Bye
Carolina Mochova (Czech Republic) – Joanna Konta (Great Britain)
Daniel Collins (USA) – Shelby Rogers (USA)
Marketa Vondrosova (Czech Republic) – Belinda Benesi (Switzerland, 10)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia, 16) – Bernarda Pera (USA, toilet)
Jill Teichmann (Switzerland, WC) – Sorana Kirstia (Romania)
Question: Corey Goffer (USA)
Naomi Osaka (Japan, 2) Bye
Stefanos Tsitsipas has completed the Casper Ruud series
Arina Sabalenka prevails against Belarusian women
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