Iga Swiatek vs Belinda Bencic - WTA Adelaide International Final
Saturday February 27th, 2021 / 3:30am EST
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Second seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland faces fifth seeded Iga Swiatek of Poland in the Final of the 2021 WTA Adelaide International event. The match is scheduled to be played on Saturday February 27th, 2021 at 3:30am EST. This will be the first meeting between the two players. Who will win and claim their first title of 2021?
Belinda Bencic is currently ranked #12 but has a career high ranking of #4. She has struggled with form and consistency over the past two years, shockingly having not been in a WTA final for over 15 months! She struggled to string wins together last year and will be happy to have finally found some form here in Adelaide. She is a very aggressive baseliner who likes to dictate play during matches. She has been very impressive this week, overcoming a tough challenge from teenage sensation Coco Gauff in the Semi-Final, winning in three sets. This will be her first tournament final in a long time so she will be very eager to get the win here and bounce back into the top 10 of the rankings.
Iga Swiatek is currently ranked #18 and without a doubt one of her major goals will be to break into the Top 10 for the first time. She shockingly burst onto the scene in 2020, stunning Simona Halep to win the French Open title and is considered one of the brightest talents on the WTA Tour today. She plays very aggressive baseline tennis but her real strength is in her maturity and tactical awareness at such a young age. Her career trajectory is firmly pointing upwards and if she continues on this path there is no doubt that she will be in the top 5-10 very soon.
This match has the potential to be a very close and exciting encounter. Both women are very aggressive and will be looking to dictate the rallies. There is not much to pick between them so I think the smart play is to choose three sets in the match. I am going to give a very slight edge to Swiatek, as she has looked a bit more impressive this week, not being troubled at all. Iga Swiatek to win in three sets.