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Top seed Sofia Kenin is facing tough testing at this week’s Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Open with a rare start to the 2021 season.

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The WTA 500 Tournament will run from Wednesday to Wednesday, with both singles and doubles finals on January 13th to meet the travel requirements of those traveling to Melbourne.

Kenin will face one of eight women who passed qualifying in the opening round on Tuesday and Wednesday, but was able to meet fifth-seeded Garbinem Guruza in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open rematch. .. Open the final.

But before that, she was able to face 13th seed Yulia Putintseva in Round 16.

Former world No. 1 Mugurza will have to face Kristina Mladenovic in the first round and may face ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari or American teenager Coco Gauff in the 16th round.

The second quarter is led by Seed 4 Arina Sabalenka. Alina Sabalenka will win the last two singles of the year in Ostrava and Linz and will face Slovenia’s Polona Herzog in the first round.

Belarus’ quarter-final opponent could be Kazakhstan’s sixth seed, Elena Ribakina. Seed players Calorie Namchova and Ons Jabeur, and former top 10 player Daria Kasatkina will also aim for a big win in that section of the upper half of the draw.

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Another former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova leads the quarter in the lower half of the draw, where the third-seeded Czech will face Romania’s Sorana Cîrstea in the opening round.

The big serving Czechs are aiming to join forces with new coach Sasha Bazin during the off-season to recreate her historic first week’s success in three of the last four years in Brisbane.

The first seed that Priscova may face is Donna Vekic, the 16th seed who hired coach Sam Smik late last season.

Her compatriot Marcata Vendrusova is another top eight seed in the third quarter, but the 2019 French Open singles finalist has a dangerous first round with Chinese Taipei’s clever Hsieh Su-wei. I am.

Jennifer Brady (11th seed), who made it to the 2020 US Open semi-finals, also draws for Vendrusova, as well as two up-and-coming teenagers, Leila Fernandez of Canada and Malta Koschuk of Ukraine, who ranked in the top 100 for the first time last season. I’m in the section.

Second-seeded Elina Svitolina has fixed the lower half of the world’s fifth-place meeting with American Jessica Pegra, with the up-and-coming French woman Fiona Ferro or former world second-ranked Belazu Bonaleva waiting for the winner.

A 7-seeded Elise Mertens or a 10-seeded Anett Kontaveit could be a quarter-final opponent for any of these players.

Mertens in particular has an interesting opening round encounter against France’s Alizé Cornet.

Elena Ostapenko started the youth movement by winning the 2017 French Open on her 20th birthday, and Naomi Osaka encouraged her to win the first of three major titles in 20 years. Youth has been the story of the WTA Tour over the last four seasons-one year old.

Bianca Andreesque, a Canadian teenage phenom, followed in their footsteps a year later and won the 2019 US Open in addition to Indian Wells and Toronto. In 2020, Poland’s 19-year-old Igasuvia Tech continued the trend. Roland Garros title.

Five teenagers will participate directly in the draw in Abu Dhabi. 16-year-old American Coco Gauff (No. 48), 18-year-old Leila Fernandez (No. 88), Malta Koschuk (No. 99), and 19-year-old will participate. Olds Anastasia Potapova (No. 101) and Wankiyu (No. 123).

– Tennis Sports

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