Angelique Kerber of Germany, the world number 26, will face Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey in the first round of the 2021 Qatar Open on Monday, March 1. The match will start at around 11 am local time (8 am BST). You can find the Angelique Kerber v Cagla Buyukakcay live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Angelique Kerber v Cagla Buyukakcay Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 33-year-old German, and the Turk who is two years younger.
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Can Kerber Rediscover Her Form?
Kerber is in the middle of one of her periodic slumps in form that have come to characterise her career, particularly in the latter stages.
Since reaching the fourth round of the US Open, she has seen her performances tail off, and she followed her exploits in New York with first round defeats in Rome and Paris, before deciding to end her season early.
She did make the third round of the Melbourne warm-up event, the Grampian Trophy, but her challenge at the Australian Over was over, almost before it had got started.
Drawn against the world 66, Bernarda Pera of the USA, the former champion suffered the indignity of losing the first set to love in just 19 minutes.
She lost her first two service games in the second set, but then she decided to make some sort of fight for it and broke back.
Kerber had her chances to level, but could not take them, and, in the end, exited the event with barely a whimper.
Buyukakcay Far Away From Her Peak
Buyukakcay was once ranked as high as 83 in the world, but that was during the heyday of her career, back in 2016, the same year she won her only WTA title, her home event of the Istanbul Open.
However, since then there has been a steady decline, and she has been at her current lowly ranking for several years now, spending her time on the ITF and Challenger Tours.
This is the first time she has been in the main draw of a senior WTA event since lockdown.
She failed to qualify for the French Open last October, and her qualification attempt for this year’s Australian Open ended at the second hurdle in the Middle East in January.
A week later she reached the third round of an ITF 25 event in Fujairah, UAE. Her most recent outing was an ITF 60 tournament in France. where she lost in the first round.
Kerber v Buyukakcay Prediction and Tip
Kerber has been in poor form of late but this is a golden opportunity to get things back on track with a win over an opponent whose best days seem to be well behind her.
Tip: Kerber to win in straight sets: 3/5 (bet365)