The ladies’ Bett1 Open in Berlin starts today, and it will be the best possible test for all the participants before the start of the world’s greatest tennis tournament, the Wimbledon.
Many top-caliber names are present in the capital of Germany these days, and they all want to prepare for Wimbledon and win a trophy that boosts their morale before the bigger challenges. Plus, a win here earns a substantial amount of WTA points and cash as well.
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The top favorite for the title here is Coco Gauff, who comes to Germany following a lost final in Paris at Roland Garros. The American talent was swiped away in the title match by Iga Swiatek, who beat her in straight sets, 1-6, 3-6.
Gauff had a terrible 2020, slowing her meteoric rise starting in 2019. However, she won one title this season, in Parma just before the French Open, indicating that she needs to be counted when talking about all big trophies. Of all the players in Germany, Gauff has the biggest momentum.
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The next on the list is Ons Jabeur, who surely has the biggest motive. Since the start of the year, the Morrocan player was always constant, posting good results, eventually making an intro for the Roland Garros, where she suffered a shocking defeat in the opening round.
Jabeur would win the Mutua Open, that is, Masters in Rome, and play the finals of the Masters in Rome where she lost to Swiatek. She is a solid grass player and has one title on this surface, last year in Birmingham.
Aryna Sabalenka comes to Germany following a loss in the finals of Libema Open, where Ekaterina Alexandrova defeated her in straight sets. This was the second final in 2022 for the Belarus player, and after losing in the Stuttgart finals, she once again failed to lift a trophy. Powerful strokes, strong serve, and an aggressive approach characterize Sabalenka’s game, and such style is good for the grass.
The same could be said for Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova. The first won Wimbledon, while Pliskova reached the finals there, but has titles in Eastbourne and Nottingham, two tournaments both held on the grass.
Following a perfect closure of 2021, when Muguruza won the WTA Finals tournament, many expected to see her continuing at the same pace and winning some titles in the first half of this year. However, that didn’t happen, which is why Muguruza doubled the effort in preparing for the grass part of the season.
It is the same with Pliskova, whose best result was the semis in Strasbourg, where she lost to Kaja Juvan. She didn’t even have a notable victory, but as usual, the Czech player speeds up in this part of the year.
Maria Sakkari and Bianca Andreescu are dark horses that might explode and go all the way. Sakkari was superb early on this year, but even though she reached two finals, she didn’t win any titles. Her form was solid through the clay season, and she already played one tournament on the grass, exiting the same in the quarterfinals of Nottingham, once she lost to Haddad Maia.
Bianca Andreescu had various problems in 2022, but she started heating up during the clay season. The young Canadian had health issues, but she looks well now and is eager to get back on track as soon as possible.
Bett1 Open Prediction
Of all the players present in Berlin, Muguruza is our top favorite for the title. The Spanish player is in need of a title, and we know that her best tennis is on the grass surface. Meanwhile, she didn’t have as challenging and exhausting clay season as other players.
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