Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, and Others Lead a Star-Studded Line Up at WTA Berlin 2021

Published 05/21/2021, 4:21 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina


The dates of the WTA Berlin 2021 have been finalized and the tournament will begin right after the French Open 2021. Fans are quite excited about it as they’ll get to watch their favorite superstars like Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, and others on the grass after a long time. No grass-court tournament took place last time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Popularly known as the Bett1Open 2021, the WTA is returning to Berlin, the German capital, for the first time since 2008. The Bett1Open 2021 will take place on grass and will be a lead-up tournament for the Wimbledon Championships 2021. The event will begin on June 14, 2021, and will stretch till June 21, 2021.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates with the trophy after winning the Final against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

In a recent interview, the Tournament Director and former WTA player, Barbara Rittner, mentioned that she is really exhilarated to see the players compete at the Steffi Graf stadium.

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“I’m looking forward to see all those great players in our traditional Steffi-Graf-Stadium. I am proud of this group of players, which is not a given,” said Rittner.

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and World No. 2 Naomi Osaka will begin as the top two seeds at the Bett1Open 2021. While Barty will be arriving after having a terrific season, Osaka will try to regain her momentum at the tournament.

Who else is playing at the Bett1Open 2021 other than Barty and Naomi Osaka?

As of now, 15 of the top 20 WTA players will exhibit their skills in Berlin. The list includes the likes of Mutua Madrid Open 2021 winner Aryna Sabalenka, Sofia Kenin, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Italian Open 2021 champion Iga Swiatek, Garbine Muguruza, and Angelique Kerber.

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy . Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Even though most of the players have confirmed their presence at the tournament, there are doubts about whether Serena Williams will be playing in Berlin. As of now, nobody knows about the schedule of Williams after the French Open 2021.

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After the Bett1Open 2021, Eastbourne International will kick off from June 19, 2021. Thus, there are a couple of tournaments where the WTA players can practice ahead of Wimbledon 2021. Who will emerge as the winner of the WTA 500 Bett1Open 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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