There has never been a female Spanish winner during the 10 years of the Mutua Madrid Open. After a Sunday in which the big names made their debuts and racked up some big wins on the clay in Madrid, the dream of lifting the crown at the Caja Mágica seems more alive than ever.
The day’s big surprise was one of our own. Sara Sorribes recorded the biggest win of her career thus far as she knocked out world number 14 Madison Keys 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and 34 minutes of play.
In front of a sell-out Artantxa Sánchez Stadium, the Spaniard showed her emotion after the game. “I really wasn’t expecting this,” she said through tears as she exited to a standing ovation. “My coaches have always had a lot of faith in me. I owe it to them and my family, who support me a lot. Thanks to the crowd for their brilliant support,” she added.
Sorribes’s dream is still alive as she looks to return to the world top 100 and she will face Czechia’s Kristyna Pliskova in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Carla and Garbiñe on the right track
The connection between the crowd in Madrid and the talented Carla Suárez was once again on display as the Canary Islander saw off Barbora Strycova of Czechia 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 28 minutes.
The world number 28 played with confidence and conviction at the Caja Mágica and sent a message out to her rivals. While not seeded in this 2018 edition, she remains one of the most respected players on this surface on the circuit.
Now, after this win, she will face world number four Elina Svitolina on Tuesday in one of the games of the round in the early stages of the tournament.
Garbiñe Muguruza also showed a lot of confidence. She swatted aside Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 in front of the Manolo Santana Stadium and looks to be full of energy as her campaign in the Spanish capital gets underway.
The third seed served well, winning 75% of points on her first serve, throwing down five aces to show she is acclimatised to the conditions in Madrid.
Looking to secure a career-best performance in Madrid, Muguruza will attempt to make it into the third round against Donna Vekic. The Croat defeated Spaniard Georgina García 6-2, 6-4 in a lively tie earlier on.
To complete an interesting day’s play, Silvia Soler put up a good fight as she was defeated in the Spanish capital. After qualifying, she took to court for a third consecutive day, however was downed 6-3, 6-2 by America’s ninth seed Sloane Stephens.