After a delayed start to the 2021 season the Australian summer of tennis sees several finals to be played out at the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne.
Australia’s Ash Barty will play Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the Yarra Valley Classic. It. is both players first final for 2021.
Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi will take on Belgium’s Elise Mertens in the Gippsland Trophy.
In the Grampians Trophy there will be joint title holders as it was decided to have the two winning semifinalists awarded finalists money and points.
This comes following the day lost due to a positive COVID-19 case at the tennis players quarantine hotel. That saw all players that had been at the hotel tested and play was suspended on Thursday as the results were provided.
In 2020 Barty went into the Australian Open after claiming the Adelaide International title. The world no. 1 would then go onto reach the semifinals at the Open.
This time her form has been patchy as she has dominated sets before seeing a drop off in concentration. She is at least in the final and getting valuable match practice.
Muguruza is the beaten finalist from the 2020 Australian Open, losing to Sofia Kenin. She has steamrolled opponents en-route to the final, dropping just 10 games across four matches after receiving a first round bye.
Barty on the other hand has been taken to three sets twice. The Australian received a walkover victory in the semifinal after Serena Williams withdrew.
Muguruza is the bookies favourite at 1.61 with Barty on 2.30.
After having watched Barty this week, including courtside in Margaret Court arena on Wednesday I would expect Muguruza to claim the title.