Players will fight for more than 2 million euros in prize money but also 1000 points for the WTA Rankings at the 2021 Madrid Open. After skipping the 2020 edition, Kiki Bertens will be the defending champion from 2019. However, this year there will be a lot of challengers to win the title.
Ashleigh Barty will be one of them after winning the 2021 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. The 25-years-old Australian will be the first seeded in Madrid and she will be facing Shelby Rogers in the first round. If she passes this test, she will play against one of the qualifiers in the second round, but already in the third round, she can meet the 2020 Roland Garros champion, Iga Swiatek.
We'll see also an interesting all-Czech clash in the first round between the ninth-seeded Petra Kvitova and Marie Bouzkova. All eyes will be also on an all-Russian match between Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina who returns to the WTA Tour.
No. 4 in Madrid, Elina Svitolina will play against Jil Teichmann in the first round and the tenth-seeded Garbine Muguruza will be facing a difficult draw when she will be taking on Sloane Stephens in the first round.
In the second half of the draw, finalist from Stuttgart, Aryna Sabalenka will begin her Madrid Open journey against one of the qualifiers. An interesting first-round clash will be seen between Coco Gauff and Karolina Pliskova.