As the opening grass tournaments of the season finish up, in Nottingham and the Netherlands, two more are about to kick off in Birmingham and Mallorca and both tournaments have great fields for the upcoming week.
Last season, Tatjana Maria entered the tournament unseeded and made a run all the way to the championship. Six of the eight quarterfinalists, and three of the four semifinalists, return to Spain looking to defend the points they earned last season. The semifinals, in 2018, consisted of unseeded Tatjana Maria knocking off qualifier Sofia Kenin, 6-2 2-6 6-4, and #3 Anastasija Sevastova knocking off unseeded Sam Stosur 7-6(1) 6-1.
This season Tatjana Maria is taking the week off, Sam Stosur is again unseeded, Anastasija Sevastova is the #2 seed and Sofia Kenin enters as the #7 seed.
Keep reading below for tournament information and my pick for the semifinal and final rounds.
Top 5 Odds to Win
- Amanda Anisimova: +800
- Angie Kerber: +800
- Belinda Bencic: +900
- Victoria Azarenka: +1000
- Caroline Garcia: +1200
Top 8 Seeds
- Angie Kerber
- Anastasija Sevastova
- Belinda Bencic
- Elise Mertens
- Amanda Anisimova
- Caroline Garcia
- Sofia Kenin
- Katerina Siniakova
Past Champions – The Mallorca Open has only been played since 2016
2018 – Tatjana Maria
2017 – Anastasija Sevastova
2016 – Caroline Garcia
Semifinal and Championship Prediction
The first semifinal will be #1 Angie Kerber vs #5 Amanda Anisimova. Kerber has a brutal draw, but I like the defending Wimbledon champion to find her form very quickly. Kerber will make her way through a qualifier in the first round, Maria Sharapova in the second round and Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals. Amanda Anisimova will take off a qualifier in the first round, Alize Cornet in the second round, and #3 Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals.
The second semifinal will be #2 Anastasija Sevastova vs #7 Sofia Kenin. Anastasija Sevastova will take care of a qualifier in the first round, Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round, and Alison Van Uytvanck in the quarters. Sofa Kenin will get back to the semifinals after beating Kirsten Flipkens in the first round, Ons Jabeur in the second and #4 Elise Mertens in the quarterfinals.
The final will be #1 Anger Kerber vs #7 Sofia Kenin and I like Angie Kerber to get her grass season started with a trophy.