After a week packed with excitement and, above all, high-calibre tennis, the women’s title match will take place on Saturday. Two players have risen to the top of a hazardous draw to reach the grand finale. Dutch player Kiki Bertens and the Czech Petra Kvitova will be bidding to become the new queen of the Mutua Madrid Open and to succeed Simona Halep, the champion of the last two editions.
Kvitova already knows what it feels like to take the throne in the Caja Mágica, having done so twice before. Now she will be playing for a third title that would make her the most successful player on the Madrid clay. The Czech, who comes into the final having only lost one set cruised past Lesia Tsurenko and Monica Puig in the first and second rounds respectively. Her third match however was far more challenging as she had to come back against Kontaveit to make it to the quarter finals. There she saw off Daria Kasatkina to book a tie with Karolina Pliskova today.
The clash with her compatriot for a place in the final did not start well for her. In the first game of the match her serve was broken and she went two games behind. It was an uphill struggle from there but the tenth seed was up to the challenge and she levelled the scores to force a first-set tiebreak, where Pliskova’s serve failed her and Kvitova pounced to take her first step towards her third final in Madrid.
The second set started in the same way but this time it was the double Wimbledon champion who managed to break on her first chance. Nothing was going to stop Kvitova now and she saved three break points against her to eventually put the match to bed, winning on Pliskova’s serve. Now only one match stands between her and her third Mutua Madrid Open title.