National Bank Open 2021 Draw: Aryna Sabalenka to Face Victoria Azarenka, Bianca Andreescu Gets a Tough Path

Published 08/07/2021, 2:47 PM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 20, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka during their doubles final match against Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands and Nicole Melichar of the U.S. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse


After the successful completion of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, fans are now looking forward to the upcoming hard-court season. It is time for the Rogers Cup 2021 and the draw is out. Even though Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka are not playing there, the Masters 1000 tournament will feature many big players like Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, and Bianca Andreescu.

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World No.3 Aryna Sabalenka will begin as the top-seeded player at the National Bank Open 2021. After playing well at the Wimbledon Championships 2021, the Belarusian player will eye her second Masters tournament of the year in Toronto. She’ll face either Sloane Stephens or Dayana Yastremska in her first match.

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World No.5 Bianca Andreescu will play at her home and will start as the second seed. She will encounter with the winner of the match between Leylah Annie Fernandez or a qualifier.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 bronze medal winner Elina Svitolina is right behind her in the seeds and will look for her first title in 2021. She’ll meet either Johanna Konta or Zhang Shuai in her first match.

Wimbledon Championships 2021 winner Karolina Pliskova is the fourth-seeded player while Garbine Muguruza will begin as the fifth seed.

There are a couple of amazing matches that fans can witness even in the first round. While Dayana Yastremska will face Sloane Stephens, Coco Gauff will battle against Anastasija Sevastova.

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Aryna Sabalenka will likely meet Victoria Azarenka in the quarters, Bianca Andreescu to lock horn with Simona Halep

With the coming out of the draw, one can even look at the quarter-finals that will take place at the National Bank Open 2021. Interestingly, Sabalenka will probably go against 2-time Grand Slam champion and her compatriot, Victoria Azarenka.

Bianca Andreescu of Canada hits a forehand against Ashleigh Barty of Australia (not pictured) in the women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

In the other quarter-finals, Pliskova will face Muguruza while Kvitova might take on Svitolina. However, the most intriguing quarters match could be between the fans’ favourite Andreescu and 2-time National Bank Open winner, Simona Halep, who is making a return to tour after missing the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Thus, the Canadian has a tougher path to win the title a compared to others.

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Thus, the draw is quite fascinating, and fans are eagerly waiting for the tournament to start. Who will emerge as the winner of the National Bank Open 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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