TENNIS

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

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The Hologic WTA Tour has moved to the grass season, where events are already underway in Europe and England. Next week, five of the top 10 along with French Open runner-up Coco Gauff and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu will travel to bett1open in Berlin, Germany.

Here’s what you need to know about the first WTA 500 of the season on grass:

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When does the tournament start?

In its second year, the bett1open is a WTA 500 tournament held on outdoor grass at the LTTC Rot-Weiss in Berlin. This is the first of two WTA 500 tournaments of the season on grass, with Rothesay International in Eastbourne, England to follow. The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw.

The main draw begins on Monday, June 13. Matches will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Championship Sunday starting at noon.

When is the final?

The finals will take place on Sunday, June 19. The doubles final will be played at noon, followed by the singles final at 3:30 p.m.

Who are the best seeds?

Top 8 Projected Seeds:

1. Ons Jabeur (WR n°4)
2. Maria Sakkari (WR n°5)
3. Aryna Sabalenka (WR n°6)
4. Karolina Pliskova (WR n°7)
5. Garbiñe Muguruza (WR n°10)
6. Daria Kasatkina (WR n°12)
7. Coco Gauff (WR #13)
8. Belinda Bencic (WR n°17)

Before the draw, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek, No. 2 Anet Kontaveit and No. 3 Paula Badosa retired. Naomi Osaka has since stepped down.

Who are the defending champions?

Liudmila Samsonova stunned the field last year in Berlin, where she beat Madison Keys, Victoria Azarenka and Belinda Bencic in the final to win her first career title.

In doubles, Azarenka teamed with Sabalenka to win their first tag team title, defeating Nicole Melichar and Demi Schuurs in the final.

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Berlin 2021

What does the draw look like?

The main draw ceremony will take place on Sunday June 12 at 2:00 p.m. She will be part of the opening ceremony of the tournament, which will take place at the Steffi Graf stadium.

What are the cash prizes and ranking points offered?

First round: 1 point/€5,390
Second round: 55 points/€8,262
Quarter-finalist: 100 points/€16,060
Semi-finalist: 185 points/€33,880
Finalist: 305 points/€58,032
Champion: 470 points/€93,823

Key scenarios

Jabeur is looking to bounce back: Roland Garros had barely started when Jabeur lost in the first round to Magda Linette in the first round. Jabeur was the most in-form player behind Swiatek, having collected more wins on clay than anyone on tour this year.

Despite his success on clay, it is on grass that Jabeur’s game flourishes. Champion in Birmingham and quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last summer, Jabeur will be one of the tournament favorites if she can put her disappointment at Roland-Garros behind her. Berlin will be his first test.

Gauff, Kasatkina full of confidence: French Open runner-up Gauff and semi-finalist Kasatkina are back in action as they kick off their grass-court season in Berlin. A good run in Berlin could see Gauff make his Top 10 debut, while Kasatkina has a chance to return to the Top 10 for the first time since 2019.

Sakkari still looking for momentum: A stalwart of the semi-finals in 2021, Sakkari has only appeared in two quarter-finals since the Indian Wells final in March. Playing her first grass court tournament this week in Nottingham, Sakkari lost to Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Samsonova’s first title defense: As the 23-year-old prepares for her first title defence, the main question is which Samsonova will be on display in Berlin? The one who crossed the pitch here last year before making the Wimbledon quarter-finals? The player who has come closer than anyone in the last 35 games to defeating Swiatek? Or the one that is winless in its last four games?

Andreescu gets his grass legs: There is no reason for the Canadian not to succeed on grass. She has all the crafting and tennis IQ to beat anyone on the surface. It’s just a matter of confidence and experience. Andreescu has only played four main draws at grass tour level. Berlin will be his fifth.

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