The battle is not slowing down in the qualifying rounds of the Mutua Madrid Open as players look to secure their spot amongst the best. Eight players have made it through to the female draw to earn their spot in the first round. Meanwhile, the men’s action started on Saturday and 14 players will play for their spot in the main draw on Sunday.
Silvia Soler-Espinosa is one of the players who managed to make it through the always difficult qualifying stage. The Elche-born player got through the second and final round after her opponent, Mona Barthel of Germany, had to retire injured in the second set. The Spaniard had taken the first set 6-2 and was on course in the second, eventually sealing her passage with Barthel unable to continue after ceding the first two games.
The other seven players to make it through to the WTA draw are Danielle Collins, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Sara Errani, Bernarda Pera, Aryna Sabalenka, Kristyna Pliskova and Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
On the men’s side, Jaume Munar celebrated his 21st birthday with a valiant 7-6(5), 6-0 victory over Denis Istomin to advance to the second qualifying round. The young Mallorcan was a wildcard entry to the Mutua Madrid Open and he will play for his place amongst the elite on Sunday against Marius Copil.
Second qualifying round matches:
- T. Fritz v N. Kicker
- P. Herbert v E. Donskoy
- F. Delbonis v M. Youzhny
- M. Copil v J. Munar
- M. Kukushkin v V. Troicki
- N. Basilashvili v M. Basic
- D. Lajovic v F. Mayer