Dubai Championships 2021 | WTA Draw Preview

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Dubai Championships 2021 | WTA Draw Preview

The Dubai Championships, played in Dubai, UAE, is the first WTA 1000 event of the season and is the 21st time the event has been on the WTA calendar. It will be played on an outdoor hardcourt. The draw will be made up of 56 players in total with 16 seeded players. The event will include an impressive field including Top 10 players Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka and Petra Kvitova.

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SEEDED PLAYERS

1. Elina SVITOLINA (#5)
2. Karolina PLISKOVA (#6)
3. Aryna SABALENKA (#8)
4. Petra KVITOVA (#10)
5. Kiki BERTENS (#11)
6. Belinda BENCIC (#12)
7. Victoria AZARENKA (#14)
8. Iga SWIATEK (#15)
9. Garbine MUGURUZA (#16)
10. Elise MERTENS (#18)
11. Madison KEYS (#19)
12. Marketa VONDROUSOVA (#20)
13. Petra MARTIC (#21)
14. Elena RYBAKINA (#23)
15. Anett KONTAVEIT (#24)
16. Maria SAKKARI (#25)

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WITHDRAWALS

Bianca ANDREESCU   >   replaced by Alize CORNET
Ash BARTY   >   replaced by Katerina SINIAKOVA
Jennifer BRADY   >   replaced by Bernarda PERA
Danielle COLLINS   >   replaced by Kristyna PLISKOVA
Simona HALEP   >   replaced by Jessica PEGULA
Sofia KENIN   >   replaced by Kristina MLADENOVIC
Magda LINETTE   >   replaced by Jil TEICHMANN
Karolina MUCHOVA   >   replaced by Barbora KREJCIKOVA
Yulia PUTINTSEVA   >   replaced by Paula BADOSA
Alison RISKE   >   replaced by Anastasija SEVASTOVA
Barbora STRYCOVA   >   replaced by Laura SIEGEMUND
Donna VEKIC   >   replaced by Patricia Maria TIG
Shuai ZHENG   >   replaced by Shelby ROGERS

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

1. Aryna SABALENKA (#8)

Sabalenka has had strong start to 2021 with a 9/3 win loss record and a title in Abu Dhabi to start the year. Last week in Doha she lost her second round match to eventual finalist Muguruza in 3 tight sets and will be looking to rebound quickly this week and cement her Top 10 ranking ahead of the Miami Open.

2. Petra KVITOVA (#10)

Kvitova won her 28th career title last week in Doha (defeating Muguruza) winning 10/11 sets she played throughout the event. She has tasted success in Dubai before winning the 2013 tournament (defeating Errani) and making the final in 2019 (lost to Bencic) and will be a serious contender considering her favourable draw.

3. Garbine MUGURUZA (#16)

Muguruza continued to impress me in 2021 with her form making it to her second final in 4 events in Doha last week (lost to Kvitova). She has started 2021 with a 12/4 win loss record and continues to climb her way back into the Top 10 with consistent results R16 at Abu Dhabi, Final at Yarra Valley Classic, R16 at Australian Open and Final at Doha.

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PREDICTION

Prediction = Aryna SABALENKA

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