Draw, dates, prize money and everything you need to know

The Hologic WTA Tour has moved into turf season, with occasions already going down in Europe and England. Subsequent week, 5 of the highest 10 gamers plus French Open finalist Coco Gauff and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu head to bett1open in Berlin, Germany.

This is what that you must know in regards to the first WTA 500 of the grasscourt season:

When does the event begin?

In its second yr, bett1open is the WTA 500 Championship held on the outside grass on the LTTC Rot-Weiss in Berlin. It is the primary of two WTA 500 championships in turf season, adopted by Rothesay Worldwide in Eastbourne, England. The event includes a singles tie of 32 gamers and a doubles tie consisting of 16 gamers.

The primary draw matches start on Monday 13 June. Matches will begin at 11:00 am, and the event will begin on Sunday at midday.

What’s the date of the finals?

The finals will happen on Sunday, June 19. The doubles ultimate will happen at midday, adopted by the singles ultimate at 3:30 pm.

Who’re the very best seeds?

Prime 8 anticipated seeds:

1. Anas Jaber (WR No. 4)
2. Maria Scarry (WR No. 5)
3 – Arina Sabalenka (WR No. 6)
4. Karolina Pliskova (WR No. 7)
5. Garbiñe Muguruza (WR No.10)
6. Daria Kasatkina (WR No. 12)
7. Coco Gauff (WR No. 13)
8. Belinda Bencic (WR No. 17)

Previous to the draw, world primary Iga Swiatek, quantity two Anett Kontaveit and quantity three Paula Badusa withdrew. Naomi Osaka has since withdrawn.

Who’re the hero defenders?

Lyudmila Samsonova surprised the court docket final yr in Berlin, defeating Madison Keys, Victoria Azarenka and Belinda Bencic within the ultimate to win her first profession title.

In doubles, Azarenka teamed with Sabalenka to win the staff’s first title, defeating Nicole Melchard and Demi Shores within the ultimate.

Champion reel: How Lyudmila Samsonova gained Berlin 2021

2021 Berlin

What does the lottery appear to be?

The primary draw ceremony will happen on Sunday 12 June at 2:00 pm and shall be a part of the opening ceremony of the event, which shall be held at Steffi Graf.

What are the prize cash and rating factors supplied?

First spherical: 1 level / €5,390
Second spherical: 55 factors / 8,262 euros
Quarter-finalist: 100 factors / 16,060 euros
Semi-finals: 185 factors / €33,880
Finalist: 305 factors / 58,032 euros
Champion: 470 factors / €93,823

Key storylines

Jaber seems again: Roland Garros had simply barely began when Jaber withdrew within the first spherical to Magda Linate within the opening spherical. Jabeur has been the star participant behind Swiatek, having racked up extra wins on clay than anybody else on this tour this yr.

Though profitable in clays, the garden is the place the Jabeur recreation thrives. The Birmingham and Wimbledon champion was within the quarter-finals final summer season, and Jabeur could be the event favourite if she might put her French Open disappointment behind her. Berlin shall be her first take a look at.

Goff, Kasatkina filled with confidence: Gauff, a French Open finalist, and Kasatkina, a semi-finalist, are again to begin the grass season in Berlin. An excellent run in Berlin might see Gauff debut within the high 10, whereas Kasatkina has an opportunity to return to the highest 10 for the primary time since 2019.

Scary remains to be on the lookout for momentum: Sakkari was a semi-finalist in 2021 and has solely reached the quarter-finals twice since reaching the Indian Wells ultimate in March. She performed her first turf event this week in Nottingham, and Scary was knocked out by Brazilian Beatrice Haddad Maya.

The primary protection of the Samsonova title: Because the 23-year-old prepares to defend her first title, the primary query is which of Samsonova will she present in Berlin? Who ran on the court docket right here final yr earlier than the Wimbledon quarter-finals? Which participant has come closest to anybody else prior to now 35 matches to beat Swiatek? Or who didn’t win it prior to now 4 matches?

Andreescu will get grass legs: There is no such thing as a cause why the Canadian cannot be profitable within the turf. She has all of the craft and intelligence of tennis to beat anybody on the floor. It is only a matter of belief and expertise. Andreescu performed solely 4 main attracts on the grass degree innings. Berlin shall be her fifth.