Kiki Bertens today became the first finalist of the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open. The Dutch player beat Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-2, in a semi-final match that lasted one hour and seven minutes.
Bertens broke her opponent’s serve on three occasions without giving her a single chance to break back. The French player, who produced some erratic tennis, was unable to find any chances to turn the match around.
With the win, Bertens confirmed her form and became one of the stars of the tournament, having consecutively defeated Caroline Wozniacki, María Sharapova and, now, Caroline García with some very solid tennis. Asked about this in the press conference, the player commented that she feels very happy with her performance at the Mutua Madrid Open.
The 26-year-old Belgian, the current WTA world number 20, had never reached the semi-finals of a Premier Mandatory tournament, such as the one in the Caja Mágica. So far her trophy cabinet is decorated with five titles, all of them on clay: Fez in 2012, Nuremberg in 2016 and 2017, Gstaad in 2017 and her first ‘Premier’, this season in Charleston.
Tomorrow she will be playing in the Mutua Madrid Open title match against two-time champion of Madrid Petra Kvitova who defeated Karolina Pliskova in the night session.