Tennis – WTA – Berlin 2022
Main draw dates: Monday, June 13 – Sunday, June 19,
Status: WTA 500
Staging: Tournament’s second year
Draw sizes: 32 singles / 16 double teams / 24 singles qualifying
Surface: Grass / Outdoors
Tennis Ball: Slazenger
Wildcards: Jule Neiemeier (GER), Anna Kalinskaya
Most career WTA singles titles: Karolina Pliskova (16)
Prize money leader: Garbiñe Muguruza ($24,375,785)
Youngest singles player: Coco Gauff, 18 years old (March 13, 2004)
Oldest singles player: Kaia Kanepi, 37 years old (June 10, 1985)
The seeded ones
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Monday, June 13
Jill Teichmann, who had played well at Roland Garros, led 7/6 5/4 against Daria Saville-Gavrilova (AUS). The match seemed within reach but suddenly she will collapse and lose six consecutive games, then the match.
Weird match and incredible score between Kaia Kanepi (EST) and Karolina Pliskova: 7/6 0/6 0/6!
Roland Garros finalist Daria Kasatkina succeeds in the grass-to-grass transition and wins 5/7 6/3 6/1 against Anhelina Kalinina (UKR). We still note the difficult success of Bianca Andreescu against Katerina Siniakova (TCH): 6/4 4/6 6/4
Tuesday, June 14
We could imagine a Maria Sakkari taking on this Berlin grass but the step was too high for Leolia Jeanjean, out of the qualifications, and beaten 6/3 6/2.
Success of Ludmila Samsonova, logical, against Tamara Zidansek 7/5 6/1. Against performance for Alizé Cornet who loses 6/4 6/4 against Anna Kalinskaya (RUS / WTA 81).
Belinda Bencic comes out of it in three sets against Jule Niemeier (GER). Ekaterina Alexandrova, victorious at S’Hertogenbosch, easily got rid of the Belgian Maryna Zanevska.
Big match, it was hot for a first round, between Veronika Kudermetova and Aryna Sabalenka who will finally turn to the advantage of the Russian 2/6 7/5 6/4.
Andrea Petkovic was very happy to have beaten the ghost of Garbine Muguruza 7/6 6/4.
Ons Jabeur easily dominates the Czech Karolina Muchova while the Chinese Qinwen Zheng, victorious on clay in Valencia, loses against Alycia Parks (USA / WTA 169).
Wednesday, June 15
Recent semi-finalist and finalist at Roland Garros, Daria Kasatkina and Coco Gauff respectively climb to 1/8th and 1/16th of this Berlin tournament. The first named eliminates her compatriot Ekaterina Alexandrova, 5/7 6/1 6/1. The second is played, there too, by another compatriot, Claire Liu, 6/2 7/6.
Good victory for Karolina Pliskova, it will do her good, against Bianca Andreescu 6/4 2/6 7/6, with a tie break won 9 points to 7. The Czech could play against Gauff in 1/8th.
Maria Sakkari will win a little later against Daria Saville 6/1 7/5 just like the Belarusian who climbs Aljaksandra Sasnovich against the local Andrea Petkovic 6/4 6/4
Thursday June 16
Continuation of the 1/8th with the easy and expected victory of Coco Gauff against the Chinese Xinyu Wang 6/0 6/4. Success also for Ons Jabeur against the surprising Alycia Parks (USA) 6/2 7/6.
Belinda Bencic also passes this round by dominating in three sets Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) 6/4 1/6 6/1.
End of the day with a 100% Russian duel won by Veronika Kudermetova, once again in the spotlight, against Ludmila Samsonova 6/3 6/7 6/1
Friday, June 17: The 1/4 finals
Ons Jabeur (TUN) vs Aljaksandra Sasnovich (BLR): 6/7 6/2 6/2
Very disappointed after Roland Garros, but never defeated, the Tunisian went back to work in order to shine on the grass. And obviously it’s going well…
Karolina Pliskova (TCH) vs. Coco Gauff (USA) : 5/7 4/6
More and more impressive, the Roland Garros finalist did not panic in front of the great Czech waitress. Patient and interesting in return, she knew how to break twice at the right time.
Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs Veronika Kudermetova (RUS): 3/6 6/3 6/3
The Swiss was patient, which is not always the case, to overcome a confident player in 2h16.
Daria Kasatkina (RUS) vs. Maria Sakkari: 0/6 3/6
The Roland Garros semi-finalist, from whom we expected much better, was totally stifled by the heat and above all the ardor of her rival.
Saturday June 18: The 1/2 finals
Ons Jabeur vs. Coco Gauff: 7/6 6/2
This Berlin final, version 2022, will therefore sound like revenge for Ons Jabeur who will find Bencic in the final. Today, facing the prodigy Gauff, the Tunisian battled hard in the first round before striking her rival during a perfect second round, or almost.
Belinda Bencic vs Maria Sakkari: 6/7 6/4 6/4
The Swiss will play her 15th final on the main circuit on Sunday, the second in a row on German grass.
Beaten by Liudmila Samsonova last year, Belinda Bencic, Olympic champion 2021, is aiming for a seventh title, which would be the second of the year after her coronation in early April in Charleston where she had just beaten Ons Jabeur in the final.
Sunday June 19 / Final
Ons Jabeur vs Belinda Bencic: 6/3 2/1 retirement
Forget the disappointment of Roland Garros for the Tunisian star who dominated this final during a well-controlled first set. Unfortunately the rest will be less funny with the injury of the Swiss.
On a court in poor condition, which had become slippery, with a lot of wind to make matters worse, Bencic slipped and hurt his foot. An injury that will force him to retire, leaving the title to a benevolent Jabeur.
The Tunisian offers her 3rd career tournament after Birmingham in 2021 and Madrid in 2022 and above all continues her ascent to the heights of women’s tennis by rising to 3rd place in the world on Monday.
TO BE CONTINUED