The 2021 WTA Birmingham Marathon brought Ons Jabeur and Daria Kasatkina to the final. The rain that hit the Edgbaston Priory Club lawns yesterday forced the organizers to cancel the whole day and postpone all four quarter-finals of the women's singles to today.
Three of these saw Ons Jabeur, Heater Watson and Coco Vandeweghe clearly prevail over Anastasia Potapova, Donna Vekic and Marie Bouzkova; while Daria Kasatkina needed the third set, also won 6-0, against Tereza Martincova.
The first semifinal between Watson and Jabeur lasted one hour and twelve minutes and saw the Tunisian player reach the third final in her career after those in Moscow and Charleston; both lost. In the first set, Jabeur was good at not giving her opponent a chance to serve, where she lost only three points, and found the break on two occasions: the first in the third game, the second in the ninth.
In the second half of the game, Jabeur lost her serve in the first game and then found the immediate against break also thanks to Watson’s numerous free bets. After having regained the right solidity in the batting rounds, Jabeur surprised the British at 3-2 on the fifth occasion and then put the turbo up to the final 6-3.
In the final, the player born in 1994 will face Kasatkina, who defeated Vandeweghe with a score of 6-2, 6-4. In the first set, she was the American who got off to a good start and broke the rival. The joy did not last long, however, because the Russian signed the counter break on the third occasion.
Kasatkina will then get two more breaks before closing the first set with a perfect turn of service. In the second half of the game, Kasatkina was ruthless and in a few minutes she went 5-1. From that moment on, also due to the tension and the stakes, the Russian started making some gratuitous mistakes and fell into a vortex that almost compressed her excellent performance.
Fortunately for her, Kasatkina found the key to the problem when she served for the second time for the match.
WTA Berlin 2021
In the WTA in Berlin, Alize Cornet failed to win her first final on grass. The first match of the day was in fact Belinda Bencic, who played three finals on this surface, including the extraordinary victory gained in Eastbourne in 2015.
The two players started well in the service and did not give opportunities to their own. opponent until the fifth game, when the French went through her first empty pass badly. The Swiss player did the same at 4-3, but then found the final lunge at the most important moment and won the last three games of the first set not without worries.
In the second half of the game, Bencic immediately got the break and then bravely sent the heavy counterattack back to the sender. When everything seemed under control, however, Bencic got the French team back into the game and made some gratuitous mistakes in the eighth game; which will prove to be the last one brought home by Cornet.
The player born in 1990, at 4-4 (30-30), hit two double fouls in a row and handed the match to Switzerland. In the final, Bencic will find Liudmila Samsonova in great shape on the other side. The Russian tennis player beat Victoria Azarenka in two sets and reached the first career final.
In the first set, Samsonova got the break immediately and kept the serve with ease until 6-4; only in the fourth game did she offer break points, specifically three consecutive ones. The second set saw only one player on the pitch, namely Samsonova.
The Russian, thanks to the clear victory obtained today, became the first player coming from the qualifiers to win the final of a WTA 500.