The women’s competition kicks off

Antonio Arenas Mutua News

Competition got underway at the Caja Mágica with the qualifying matches in the women’s draw. 32 players are bidding for a place in the final draw and a chance to take on the best players in the tournament. Only eight of them will get through the two qualifying rounds and win a place among the elite.

Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa opened the day on the Manolo Santana centre court against Jennifer Brady in the first qualifying round. The player from Elche cruised to a 6-2, 6-4 victory in one hour and twenty minutes. The 30 year old served confidently throughout the match as she saw off Brady to reach the second round, just one step away from the main draw. To get there she will have to win her next tie with Mona Barthel.

“I’m very happy, I didn’t expect to be here. I’m in good form and today I managed to develop my game and hurt my opponent”, she told the press after the match. The win will provide a confidence boost at a unique venue: “To have the opportunity to play at a facility like the Caja Mágica and to do so on the Manolo Santana court is a spectacular experience”. However, she is well aware that her journey at the Mutua Madrid Open has only just started: “I’m taking it match by match, day by day. I feel good, I’m at home and enjoying the tournament”.

The following players are in the battle for a place in the final draw:

  • Sílvia Soler-Espinosa
  • Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
  • Danielle Collins
  • Kirsten Flipkens
  • Aryna Sabalenka
  • Olga Danilovic
  • Johanna Larsson
  • Sara Errani
  • Magda Linette
  • Mona Barthel
  • Bernarda Pera
  • Natalia Vikhlyantseva
  • Kristyna Pliskova
  • Ana Bogdan
  • Sachia Vickery
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands