2021 Adelaide International Final Preview: Swiatek vs. Bencic
An exciting week of tennis in Adelaide has reached its conclusion and it only remains to be seen who will lift the Adelaide International trophy. Iga Swiatek and Belinda Bencic have been the most consistent performers of the past week and they will battle it out for the trophy.
Swiatek had an amazing week in Adelaide which reminded everyone just how good she can be. En route to the final, she took down some good opposition without dropping a single set which is very similar to when she stormed the French Open last year. Everything in her game clicked nad her dominance from the baseline has been fascinating to observe. On the other side of the net will be Belinda Bencic a player who has returned to a final after a lengthy absence. She played one less match than Swiatek due to being a higher seed but showed a similar level of tennis.
She only dropped one set against Gauff despite leading 5-3 and serving for the set herself. It's a minor mistake in an otherwise perfect week for Bencic. They never played so far in their careers but considering the recent form shown by Swiatek, it will be somewhat of a surprise if Bencic is able to pull this one out. She is the underdog but she is also more than capable of winning this one if everything clicks.
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2021 Adelaide International Schedule of Play:
Saturday, February 27th:
06:30 Swiatek I. (Pol) - Bencic B. (Sui)
Friday, February 26th:
The semifinal at the Adelaide Internationa will determine which of the four players remaining will fight for the title. There are several strong players in contention such as Bencic, Gauff and Swiatek and one of them will want to seize that trophy.
The first semifinal is scheduled to start at 01:30 CET and it will be Gauff vs Bencic. The American has displayed an increased maturity at this event which saw her win three close matches which all went to three sets. Bencic has been playing strong tennis as well and she is looking like her former self in Adelaide. It will be a close match as Gauff will be tough to beat even with the high level of tennis Bencic has shown.
The 2nd semifinal is set to start about three hours after the first one and it will be Swiatek will Teichmann. Swiatek has shown a very high level of tennis that saw her smash several opponents en route to the semifinal. She will be the overwhelming favourite against Teichmann whom she already defeat once.
01:30 Gauff C. (Usa) - Bencic B. (Sui)
04:30 Swiatek I. (Pol) - Teichmann J. B. (Sui)
Thursday, February 25th:
The quarterfinals of the Adelaide International are upon us and we have four amazing matchups on the schedule for Thursday. The programme will start at 01:30 CET with the last quarterfinal set to start at 10:30 CET. The very best remained and we will see Gauff, Bencic, Swiatek, Rogers and Collins on the courts.
The first quarterfinal will start at 01:30 and it will be Sevastova versus Teichmann with the Swiss player considered a slight favourite. They never played one another so it will be new territory for both of them with the one who manages better the likely winner. After them, we will see an all-American clash as Gauff takes on Rogers who is enjoying a breakout Australian Summer so far. Gauff has struggled in her previous two matches and if she repeats those struggles she will have a hard time against the in-form Rogers.
The night shift kicks off at 09:00 CET with a proper banger as Swiatek takes on Collins. Both are playing well, both are heavy hitters and this match should be filled with highlights. Swiatek is the better player overall but having never played Collins the American could surprise her. The final match of the day will be between Sanders and Bencic. Sanders as the last Australian is the fans favourite but facing Bencic will be a hard task as the Swiss players is having a resurgence. They never played before but eve so the quality and experience of Bencic makes her a huge favourite.
01:30 Sevastova A. (Lat) - Teichmann J. B. (Sui)
03:00 Gauff C. (Usa) - Rogers S. (Usa)
09:00 Collins D. R. (Usa) Swiatek I. (Pol)
10:30 Sanders S. (Aus)Bencic B. (Sui)
Wednesday, February 24th:
The Adelaide International continues on Wednesday with 7 interesting matches starting at 01:30 CET. We will see many great players on the court such as Mertens, Bencic, Gauff, Barty and Swiatek.
It will all start at 01:30 CET with Mertens taking on Sevastova. It will be a strong opening match to kick off the day which will continue with several more interesting matches such as Bencic vs Doi and Teichmann vs Wang. The latter part of the day will open with Martic taking on Gauff. Gauff had a tricky match against Paolini where she missed several chances to end things in two sets so she will need to be more focused against Martic.
The night shift will start at 09:00 CET with Barty taking on Collins. The Australian will be looking to continue a solid stretch of tennis against Collins at home in front of fans. The last match of the day will be between Swiatek and Inglis where Inglis will hope to surprise the favoured Swiatek with the help of the Australian crowd.
01:30 Mertens E. (Bel) - Sevastova A. (Lat)
03:00 Doi M. (Jpn) - Bencic B. (Sui)
03:00 Teichmann J. B. (Sui) - Wang Q. (Chn)
04:30 Martic P. (Cro) - Gauff C. (Usa)
04:30 Putintseva Y. (Kaz) - Sanders S. (Aus)
09:00 Barty A. (Aus) - Collins D. R. (Usa)
10:30 Inglis M. (Aus) - Swiatek I. (Pol)
Tuesday, February 23rd:
The Adelaide International continues on Tuesday with 9 matches on the programme kicking off at 01:30 CET with Martic vs Samsonova. At the same time, tennis fans in Adelaide will get to see Teichmann and Mladenovic. The programme will continue throughout the night with the last batch of matches starting at 09:00 CET.
After those matches, we will get to see young superstars Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff step onto the court. Gauff will take on Paolini while Swiatek will play Brengle. Sam Stosur will get to play some more tennis in front of tennis fans as she will take on Inglis in an all-Australian clash. Another Aussie in Tomljanovic will play Sanders in another all-Australian clash. The match of the day is fittingly the last match of the programme and it will be Rogers vs Konta. Both had quite a good showing at the Australian and they will look to continue that in Adelaide.
01:30 Martic P. (Cro) - Samsonova L. (Rus)
01:30 Teichmann J. B. (Sui) - Mladenovic K. (Fra)
03:00 Brengle M. (Usa) - Swiatek I. (Pol)
03:00 Paolini J. (Ita) - Gauff C. (Usa)
04:30 Blinkova A. (Rus) - Doi M. (Jpn)
04:30 Stosur S. (Aus) - Inglis M. (Aus)
06:00 Putintseva Y. (Kaz) - Siegemund L. (Ger)
09:00 Sanders S. (Aus) - Tomljanovic A. (Aus)
10:30 Rogers S. (Usa) - Konta J. (Gbr)
Monday, February 22nd:
Six qualifying matches and four main draw encounters occur on Monday, with some exciting clashes on the first day. Anastasija Sevastova battles against Caroline Garcia, followed by Shelby Rogers and Veronika Kudermetova. In the qualifying draw, Cori Gauff takes upon another youngster Kaja Juvan, while Maddison Brengle plays against Ellen Perez.
01:30 Doi M. (Jpn) vs Samsonova L. (Rus)
01:30 Sanders S. (Aus) vs McNally C. (Usa)
03:00 Gauff C. (Usa) vs Juvan K. (Slo)
03:00 McHale C. (Usa) vs Inglis M. (Aus)
04:30 Brengle M. (Usa) vs Perez E. (Aus)
04:30 Paolini J. (Ita) vs Sharma A. (Aus)
01:30 Sevastova A. (Lat) vs Garcia C. (Fra)
03:00 Gadecki O. (Aus) vs Wang Q. (Chn)
04:30 Rogers S. (Usa) vs Kudermetova V. (Rus)
09:00 Zheng S. (Chn) vs Collins D. R. (Usa)