TennisSection previews the 2021 WTA Madrid Open as Ashleigh Barty (1) meets Shelby Rogers in the First Round on Thursday, April 29th, 2021.
Will Shelby Rogers be able to cause the big upset of the week to get herself in a very strong position in the draw to make if far at the 2021 WTA Madrid Open? Will Ashleigh Barty continue her amazing run of form after just having won the StuttGart Open title? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Second Round. Who will it be?
Shelby Rogers will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss in the Quarter-finals of the Charleston Open a couple weeks ago to Danka Kovinic in straight sets 5-7/1-6. Shelby Rogers should have really won that match, and she will be working very hard to ensure that if she gets into a strong position like she did there, she will not falter again. Shelby Rogers is a fighter on the WTA Tour, and everyone knows that they need to be at their best when they come up against the American. However, it will now be Shelby Rogers’ time to ensure she’s at her best as she meets the No.1 player in the world in Ashleigh Barty in the First Round of the 2021 WTA Madrid Open.
Ashleigh Barty is entering the 2021 WTA Madrid Open coming off a very strong week at the Stuttgart Open where she won the title by beating some very big names like Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, and Aryna Sabalenka in the Final. That was an extremely tough draw to win a title, but Ashleigh Barty is continuously proving people wrong and showing us that she is still deserving of the World No.1 rank and respect. Ashleigh Barty will now have rested enough to ensure her body is ready for another tough tournament here at the 2021 WTA Madrid Open, especially as her first match is against the tough Shelby Rogers.
Ashleigh Barty and Shelby Rogers have met 4 times before, with Ashleigh Barty having won all 4 of them. They have met 3 times just in 2021, with their latest encounter coming a month ago at the Charleston Open where Ashleigh Barty won in 3 tight sets 7-6(3)/4-6/6-4. I think that we are in for yet another extremely tight match between these two players, however, going off of recent performances, it is hard to go against Ashleigh Barty. They both know each other’s game inside out by now, and it will most likely be a 3-setter, but expect Ashleigh Barty to make her way to the Second Round of the 2021 WTA Madrid Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Ashleigh Barty to Win.