I have to say my experience at the Mutua Madrid Open this year was a fantastic one! The tournament which isn’t one of the oldest at the Caja Magica really does put on a show and here are just some things I have learnt from my experience to share with those thinking of going to the event. Tube The closest tube station to the Caja Magica is on San Fermin-Orcasur which is on the yellow line (line 3) and is about a 10 minute walk to the Caja Magica. I got three tubes on a day and it only took … Continue reading All you need to know about attending Madrid!
Kiki Bertens is a fighter. If you watch her play you first think fighter. It has not always been a smooth ride though for the new world number four. At the end of 2017 despite making the doubles finals at the WTA Finals she considered walking away from tennis for good. Kiki wasn’t happy with her singles results and life on the tour. At the end of that season she went away and had a think and came back with things she wanted to try and improve on. Right now, she is world number four having just won the biggest … Continue reading Kiki Bertens almost retired in 2017, now she’s Madrid champion, No.4 in the world and a Paris contender!
Simona Halep is safely through to the third round in Madrid for the fifth time in her career as she hunts a third title at the Caja Magica following her 20th win of the season. Halep will be pleased to be through to the next round without much damage despite a cagey opening first set between herself and British number one Johanna Konta. There were 13 break points on offer in the first set but only three of them were taken between the two players with Halep getting that decisive break at 6-5 when asking the question of Konta to … Continue reading Halep 7-5 6-1 Konta – Romanian finds rhythm following cagey first set
Two early exits already in Madrid and to be honest I have to say I’m not overly surprised. Elina Svitolina was one of the casualties in round one but the Ukrainian has always had an abysmal record in Madrid with six appearances in the tournament and just three wins with her never getting past the second round. This was Eli’s first tournament in around 6 weeks following an on-going knee injury following her early exit in Miami but prior to that the 24 year old has had a very good season so here is hoping she finds a bit of … Continue reading Early exits but not a major surprise
Victoria Azarenka will be pretty pleased to have gotten through her round one match in Madrid pretty much unscathed with a 7-5 6-4 victory against Daria Kasatkina who just can’t get going at the moment. Vika started the match very well breaking the Russian straight away for a 2-0 lead and she looked very much up to the challenge but the first set got quite messy. A following six more break of serves followed in the set despite both players have a game each where they led 40-15 on serve but as the set progressed Vika got the break at … Continue reading Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-4 Daria Kasatkina – Russian’s issues continue as Vika powers through!
The Masters and Premier draws are always packed and as ever some of the best singles players in the world will also be doubling up this week in Madrid but who is playing? The first big name on the sheet is Simona Halep. The former champion here will be with fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu and up against a fellow Romanian in Olaru who is with Jurak. Either team will play top seeds Siniakova and Krejcikova in round two. Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka have also doubled up again and their ranking means they receive a BYE for round one and … Continue reading The single stars who are doubling up in Madrid!
Madrid begins on Monday. Of course the tournament begins at the weekend with qualifying and some big names who will kick off their week on the 5th have already landed at the Caja Magica. Kristina Mladenovic and Denis Shapovalov have pretty much dominated social media of the tournament but over the last 24 hours or so we have seen the arrival of Ash Barty, Victoria Azarenka, Carla Suarez Navarro, Madison Keys and today we have seen Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep and Juan Martin Del Potro arrive in Madrid. Some won’t arrive yet… Naomi Osaka seems to have gotten over her … Continue reading Madrid; On site, in Monte Carlo, in tournament or in Mallorca!