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2021 Qatar Total Open Odds & Preview: Sabalenka the Favorite

Hayley Graham

by Hayley Graham in Tennis

Feb 28, 2021 · 10:11 AM PST

Jennifer Brady stretching for a forehand return during a tennis match at the Australian Open.
United States' Jennifer Brady hits a forehand return to Japan's Naomi Osaka during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Mark Dadswell)
  • The 2021 Qatar Open starts Monday, March 1st, from Doha, Qatar
  • 2020 champion Aryna Sabalenka and last year’s finalist Petra Kvitova are just two of the top 10 players competing
  • Take a look below for a preview and who’s expected to go deep in this tournament

The WTA moves from Australia to Qatar after a few tournaments with exceptional tennis. Let’s hope the level continues as players continue to get back playing like they did pre-COVID.

2020 champion Aryna Sabalenka is the favorite heading into the tournament, but there are quite a few players participating that have the ability to win the tournament this year.

See below for the top 20 player odds to win outright, as well as a preview of the tournament.

2021 Qatar Open Odds

Player Odds
Aryna Sabalenka +450
Jennifer Brady +700
Karolina Pliskova +800
Elina Svitolina +850
Petra Kvitova +900
Garbine Muguruza +900
Victoria Azarenka +1100
Elena Rybakina +2000
Ons Jabeur +2500
Angelique Kerber +3000
Belinda Bencic +3300
Jelena Ostapenko +3300
Maria Sakkari +3300
Kiki Bertens +4000
Madison Keys +4000
Anett Kontaveit +4000
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova +4000
Svetlana Kuznetsova +5000
Qiang Wang +5000
Veronika Kudermetova +6000

Odds taken Feb. 28th from DraftKings

Defending Champion

Sabalenka’s draw is a tough one, and it’s not going to be easy for the Belarusian to repeat as champion.

She’ll most likely open her tournament up against Garbine Muguruza, who has played impressive tennis in 2021 so far.

Aside from Muguruza, Sabalenka’s section also includes Maria Sakkari, Madison Keys, and Belinda Bencic. All three players have the ability to win any match they go into.

When Sabalenka won here in 2020, it was her third title in just six months, securing her sixth career title. She dominated Petra Kvitova, winning 6-3, 6-3, in just over an hour. The Belarusian recorded seven aces, 21 winners and only 15 unforced errors and was playing pretty perfect tennis.

I don’t think that’s going to be the case this year, especially with who she might be playing early on, but she’ll be one to keep an eye on.

2020 Finalist

Kvitova will look to avenge her finals loss last year as she enters the tournament with +900 odds to win. Awarded the third seed, she’s most likely going to open her tournament up against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, assuming she wins her opening match against a qualifier.

Her start to 2020 has been less than ideal. She struggled in Melbourne, and her Australian Open run was cut short in the second round, where she lost to Sorana Cirstea.

The two-time Grand Slam winner clearly wasn’t herself in Australia, looking even a little hurt, but she wasn’t about to make any excuses. How she comes out of the gate this tournament, will be a better indication of what we can expect from her.

Who to Watch

Ons Jabeur and Jennifer Brady are two players to watch this tournament. Jabeur is a little less obvious than Brady, who enters the tournament with +700 odds.

Jabeur made it to the quarterfinals last year at this tournament, where she upset both Jennifer Brady and Karolina Pliskova. She could possibly play Pliskova again in the second round of the tournament this year too.

Her recent play hasn’t been overwhelmingly better than it’s ever been, but she’s been consistent. A few upsets could be there for her this year again.

The seventh seed, Brady will open her tournament against Anett Kontaveit tomorrow morning in the round of 32. She has started off the year very strong. She recorded a semifinal appearance at the Grampians Trophy tournament, as well as most recently a finals appearance at the Australian Open.

2021 could be a really big breakout year for the American. With the way she’s been playing since the tennis world returned, she might be the one to beat this year in Qatar.

The Pick: Brady (+700)

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