by Isaiah Buse

March 22, 2021   

This week we get to look at several, high-quality tournaments. After these past two weeks, there is a lot to be excited about in tennis news around the world.

If you weren’t able to keep up with everything going on, we’ve got your back. Below are the tournament news/results, top headlines, and spotlight story!

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ATP & WTA Tournament News and Results: Qatar, Dubai, Acapulco, & More

If anyone was worried about the state of tennis after the Big 3 leave, these last couple of weeks proved that there are plenty of top young players ready to take their place.

Qatar Open

Result: The unseeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili would defeat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to claim the championship.

Story: The story of this tournament was of course Roger Federer’s return to play, but that was topped by the performances of the two finalists. The runner-up, Bautista Agut, would defeat Reilly Opelka, Alexander Bublik, Dominic Thiem, and Andrey Rublev en route to the finals. Basilashvili would defeat John Millman, Malek Jaziri, Roger Federer, and Taylor Fritz on his way. All of these players are tough opponents and these two finalists had an amazing week defeating them.

Nikoloz Basilashvili - 2021 Qatar Open Singles Champion
Nikoloz Basilashvili with his trophy after winning the 2021 Qatar Open. (Photo Credit: Qatar Tennis Federation – Twitter)

Doubles: Russians Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev would defeat Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald 7-5, 6-4 to win the doubles championship.

Marseille Open

Result: (1) Daniil Medvedev would defeat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 to win the championship.

Story: As if his 10th career title wasn’t enough to make Medvedev excited about this tournament, he would also end an era of dominance in the rankings. With this victory, Medvedev will become the first player not named Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, or Murray to be in the top two since 2005. Wow.

Daniil Medvedev - 2021 Marseille Open Singles Champion
Daniil Medvedev with his trophy following his win at the 2021 Marseille Open. (Photo Credit: Daniil Medvedev – Twitter)

Doubles: Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara would defeat Sander Arends and David Pel 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) to win the championship.

Chile Open

Result: (1) Cristian Garin would defeat Facundo Bagnis 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5 to win the Chile Open championship.

Story: Although the champion Garin would play a great tournament, it would be the 17-year-old qualifier Holger Rune making all of the headlines. He would defeat Benoit Paire on his way to an eventual quarterfinals exit. If you haven’t already done your research on this kid, now is the time to start.

Cristian Garin - 2021 Chile Open Singles Champion
Cristian Garin celebrating his victory at the 2021 Chile Open. (Photo Credit: ATP Tour – Twitter)

Doubles: (4) Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez would defeat Federico Delbonis and Jaume Munar 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to win the doubles championship.

Dubai Tennis Championships (WTA)

Result: (9) Garbine Muguruza would defeat Barbora Krejcikova 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 to win the championship.

Story: Several good things would happen during this tournament, but they were highlighted by Muguruza’s bounce back and Pegula’s continued rise. Following her first-round victory, American Jessica Pegula would defeat Mladenovic and Pliskova before taking Elise Mertens to three sets in the quarterfinals. Every tournament she has been in lately she has made a statement and I wouldn’t expect that to stop anytime soon.

Garbine Muguruza - 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships Singles Champion
Muguruza with her trophy after her victory at the 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships. (Photo Credit: Inside The Games)

Doubles: (8) Alexa Guarachi and Darija Jurak would defeat Xu Yifan and Yang Zhaoxuan 6-0, 6-3 to claim the championship.

Abierto Zapopan

Result: (4) Sara Sorribes Tormo would defeat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 7-5 to win the championship.

Story: Although she was a top-tier player not too many years ago, it has been awhile since Bouchard has been able to compete at tournaments like she did in this one. She would defeat Caroline Dolehide, (8) Kaja Juvan, Caty McNally, and Elisabetta Cocciaretto en route to the finals. I think we can expect to see more solid play from her in upcoming tournaments.

Sara Sorribes Tormo - 2021 Abierto Zapopan Singles Champion
Sara Sorribes Tormo celebrating her victory at the 2021 Abierto Zapopan. (Photo Credit: WTA Tour)

Doubles: (3) Ellen Perez and Astra Sharma would defeat (1) Desirae Krawczyk and Giuliana Olmos 6-4, 6-4 to win the championship.

Dubai Tennis Championships (ATP)

Result: Recent phenom Aslan Karatsev would defeat Lloyd Harris 6-3, 6-2 to win the championship.

Story: The wildcard champion Karatsev was the story of this tournament. After making a run to the semifinals of the Australian Open earlier this year, Karatsev has looked sharp in every tournament. In the Dubai Tennis Championships he would defeat fellow rising stars Jannik Sinner and Andrey Rublev en route to the title.

Aslan Karatsev - 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships Singles Champion
Aslan Karatsev with his trophy following his 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships victory. (Photo Credit: ATP Tour)

Doubles: In doubles play, (1) Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah would defeat the team of (2) Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-4) to win the championship.

Acapulco Open

Result: In the championship, (2) Alexander Zverev would defeat (1) Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to claim the trophy.

Story: Young Italian phenom Lorenzo Musetti would make a run to the semifinals, defeating Schwartzman, Tiafoe, and Dimitrov on his way. Dominik Koepfer would also make a run to the semifinals, defeating a wildcard, Raonic, and Norrie. But, in the end, it would be two of the top young players, Zverev and Tsitsipas, battling for the title.

Alexander Zverev - 2021 Acapulco Open Singles Champion
Alexander Zverev smiling with his trophy following his victory in Acapulco. (Photo Credit: Eurosport)

Doubles: In doubles play, Ken and Neal Skupski would defeat (1) Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 to win the championship.

Monterrey Open

Result: In the championship, Leylah Fernandez would defeat Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-4 to claim the title.

Story: The 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez was truly the story of the tournament. Fernandez would defeat Vandeweghe, Kucova, Kuzmova, (7) Sorribes Tormo, and finally Golubic to win the championship. Her future in the WTA is very bright and this tournament just goes to show her promise.

Leylah Fernandez - 2021 Monterrey Open Singles Champion
Leylah Fernandez smiling with her trophy following her 2021 Monterrey Open Championship. (Photo Credit: WTA – Twitter)

Doubles: In doubles play, (2) Caroline Dolehide and Asia Muhammad would defeat Heather Watson and Saisai Zheng 6-2, 6-3 to win the championship.

St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

Result: In the championship match, (8) Daria Kasatkina would defeat Margarita Gasparyan 6-3, 2-1 after Gasparyan retired.

Story: Despite her unfortunate retirement in the championship match, Gasparyan would play a brilliant tournament. She would defeat (7) Mladenovic, Siniakova, (1) Alexandrova, and Zvonareva en route to the finals. But, at the end of the day, in an all-Russian final, Kasatkina would become the first Russian St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy champion.

Daria Kasatkina - 2021 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy Singles Champion
Kasatkina elated following her 2021 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy championship victory. (Photo Credit: WTA Insider – Twitter)

Doubles: (1) Raluca Olaru and Nadiia Kichenok would defeat (2) Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 to win the championship.

Upcoming Tournaments

Following these two exciting weeks of tennis, we’ll get two more weeks full of great tennis tournaments.

On both the ATP and WTA Tour, next week we will get to see one of the best tournaments of the year, the Miami Open.

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Spotlight Story: Roger Federer Returns To Play Following Two Knee Surgeries

After undergoing two knee surgeries during a very weird 2020 tennis season, Roger Federer would finally return to play in Qatar this year.

In his first match back, he would have to go the distance to beat Dan Evans 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 7-5. But, in the quarterfinals, he would lose to the eventual champion Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 1-6, 5-7.

After his loss, Federer said, “I’m happy [with] how I played today. I’m happy [with] how I did yesterday,” said Federer. “I’m happy I [am] back on the Tour. I’m pleased I came here to Doha. So it’s really, really a positive return for me. I’m really happy.”

And, despite coming out a few days later and announcing his withdraw from several of his upcoming tournaments, Federer looked to be in decent condition during his return.

Regardless of whether or not he’ll ever return to the level he was at a couple of years ago is unknown, but it is great to see him back on the court doing what he loves.

If you would like to read more about Federer’s return to play, make sure to check out this article by the ATP Tour.

Isaiah Buse

About the author

Isaiah Buse is a tennis enthusiast who currently plays at the NAIA level in Missouri. He has covered the top tennis stories and tournaments for over 2 years now and has enjoyed every second of it. In addition to writing, he enjoys teaching the younger generation of tennis players.

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