Once again today, the women’s draw at the Mutua Madrid Open put on a show to delight the fans. From the start, the spectators that made the trip to the Caja Mágica had the chance to witness some high-calibre quarter-finals. Four matches that were followed by packed stands opened the door to the penultimate round of the event for García, Pliskova, Bertens and Kvitova.
Caroline García and Carla Suárez got the ball rolling on the Manolo Santana centre court. García, the world number 7, defeated the Spaniard 6-2, 6-3 in a match that lasted one hour and 17 minutes. The result means that Carla bows out at the quarter-final stage, commenting that “I was unable to give one hundred percent”. The Canary Islander has said her goodbyes to the tournament and Caroline García now faces Kiki Bertens in the semis.
Immediately after the end of their match, it was the turn of the current world number 1 and defender of the title, Simona Halep, who was to take on Karolina Pliskova. The Czech player dominated from the start and was barely challenged by her opponent. The match ended in one hour and 9 minutes, 6-4, 6-3. Despite unexpectedly losing her Madrid throne, the Romanian player will remain at the top of the WTA rankings on Monday, thanks to the defeat of Caroline Wozniacki, who lost to Bertens in the previous round.
The high-quality tennis continued into the afternoon session, although this time in the Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Stadium 2. There, María Sharapova and the abovementioned Kiki Bertens squared off. Despite the fact that the Russian player came out to win the first set 6-4, Bertens responded to come back and seal her passage to the next round taking the next two sets 6-2, 6-3.
In the end, two-time champion in Madrid Petra Kvitova dominated Daria Kasatkina to produce a convincing 6-4, 6-0 victory in just one hour and 5 minutes. With the win, Kvitova maintained the momentum she gained last week by taking the title in Prague and defeated the player who was, until now, the surprise package of the tournament.