There are no easy matches or weak opponents at the Mutua Madrid Open, it may sound like a cliché but it could not be truer of the women’s draw. In every round, from the very first, a substantial hurdle must be cleared. Any player can knock out any other at any time and the slightest slip up normally sends a player packing.
Try telling that to Carla Suárez though. The Spaniard has managed to forge a path to the quarter-finals thanks to another great comeback, this time against Bernarda Pera 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Just as she did against Elina Svitolina, she managed to pick herself up and bounce back when things were not looking good to eventually steal the match and stamp her ticket to the next round. In the first set, the Spaniard failed to convert any of the four opportunities she had to break serve, something the US player did all three times she had the chance.
Once she had momentum on her side, she was able to control the key points to seal another Caja Mágica comeback and her place among the best eight as they continue their hunt for the crown in Madrid. She will face Caroline García in her bid for the semi-finals.
However, Garbiñe Muguruza’s fortunes were different to those of Carla Suárez. The Spaniard bowed out in the third round after losing to Daria Kasatkina in a match in which neither player was willing to give an inch in the Manolo Santana Stadium. The match became a passionate clash in which every point was fiercely contested. It reached its conclusion after 2 hours and 28 minutes and the Russian, thanks to an impressive forehand and a seemingly impenetrable defence, took a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory.
The young sixteenth seed managed to overcome the world number three and an atmosphere where the fans were firmly behind a Garbiñe who was unable to reward their support with another victory at this year’s Mutua Madrid Open. However, the Spaniard gave absolutely everything, forcing a third set and keeping her chances of victory alive until the final moment. But Kasatkina, who was superb throughout, destroyed the home player’s hopes and progressed to the quarter-finals, where Petra Kvitova awaits.