2021 WTA Finals Preview and Predictions

AP/ file, Mark J. Terrill

2021 WTA Finals Preview and Predictions

It’s time to look at the contenders for the WTA Finals. This year, the finals will take place in beautiful Guadalajara, Mexico. We’ll see all the top women, apart from Ashleigh Barty, who has stated that her season is over while still finishing number one. That leaves one spot open. All the other women have qualified. Let’s look at the women that have qualified.

Iga Swiatek (5)

Iga has spent 2021 solidifying herself as a top 10 player. She should be happy to know that she accomplished this in 2021. The highlight of her year was a blowout of Karolina Pliskova at the Italian Open finals where she won 6-0, 6-0.

Garbine Muguruza (6)

It is safe to say that Muguruza is back at the top of the women’s game where she belongs. Muguruza had to experience three mediocre years outside the top 10 to finally regain the form that helped her capture two Grand Slams in 2016 and 2017.

Paula Badosa (7)

One of the breakout stars of 2021, Badosa is a hard worker with intensity on the court. Her relentless game allowed her to win Indian Wells and post great results throughout the year.

Aryna Sabalenka (1)

Sabalenka has posted another great year, finally making some damage at Grand Slams, reaching the semis of both the US Open and Wimbledon. The highlight of her year was winning the Madrid Open.

Barbora Krejcikova (2)

Nobody has had a bigger breakthrough season than Krejcikova. She came out of nowhere to win the French Open and has backed it up with consistent results throughout the year. Look for her to be a fixture in the top 10 for years to come.

Karolina Pliskova (3)

Another great year of being second best for Pliskova. She participated in three big tournament finals only to lose all three. She was runner-up at the Italian Open, the Canadian Open, and Wimbledon. Pliskova is always the bridesmaid, but never the bride.

Maria Sakkari (4)

Two Grand Slam Semifinals appearances are good enough for Sakkari to make the cut. When Sakkari has been on, she’s been a joy to watch. She tends to fade after a well-played match.

So, who do we see in the final? I see Pliskova and either Garbine Muguruza or Paula Badosa. The Spaniards will continue to rise into the next season.

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