Friday was WTA Open Media Day, in which eight of the best players at the tournament appeared before the press. The event took place after the women’s draw, where the players discovered their route to the final of the Mutua Madrid Open. This is what they had to say:
Karolina Pliskova. The Czech comes to Madrid hoping to improve on past performances here: “This year I arrived a little earlier, so far I’ve been feeling fine on the clay and I hope to play well at the tournament. It’s sad because every year I have lost in the second round but I hope to do better this year because I feel that this could be a good tournament for me because of the particular conditions. I think I can play better than last year, I’m feeling good”.
Elina Svitolina. The Ukrainian is feeling fit coming into the event: “The conditions are different every week but I try to be prepared, physically above all, that’s my priority”. She also spoke of her happiness to be playing in Madrid: “The weather’s good, the quality of the courts is great. I’m going to try and enjoy playing in Madrid. It’s a great tournament and I’m happy to be here and I want to do well”.
Jelena Ostapenko: The young player is in fine form coming into the Mutua Madrid Open and she wants to make the most of it: “I’ve felt good since the final in Miami, I’ve had some good matches so I feel good coming in. The conditions at this tournament suit my game very well. I have been feeling very good in training, the ball really flies but I hope to be able to get used to it quickly in the coming days”.
Caroline Garcia: The French player talked about how glad she is to be in the Spanish capital, where she always feels comfortable: “I’m very happy to be in Madrid, it’s always a great tournament and I can’t wait to start the clay season. I like Spain, I’ve spent a lot of time training here, it’s a great tournament with a great atmosphere”.
Caroline Wozniacki: The world number two is feeling ready for her opener and is confident about playing on clay: “There are days when I really like clay and days when I don’t, but I will try to use my experience. The good thing is that on the women’s circuit there is no clay specialist like Rafa Nadal in the men’s, who you know is going to knock you out, it’s all more open”.
Garbiñe Muguruza: The Spaniard is the favourite of the Madrid public and she feels their affection, although she recognises it does create a little pressure: “I’m always excited to play here even though historically I haven’t done that well, but I am still excited about doing better. With time I’ve learnt to handle the pressure. Playing at home is different, you can tell that people love you more and that makes you play better even though it puts a little pressure on you”. She also told the press about her personal goal: “I hope to feel that I am one of the most difficult opponents, forgetting the specific rankings”.
Simona Halep: The current champion does not want to hear any mention of pressure at a tournament where she feels so at home: “I don’t feel the pressure. It’s a great tournament and all the matches will be difficult. I come here with no expectations. I’ve managed to train and I feel well. I want to have fun and feel comfortable on court. I’ve won here twice and I feel at home”.
Venus Williams: The veteran player is feeling very ambitious and mentioned that she hopes to win the tournament “like every player”. The American feels comfortable in the Spanish capital and said that she is a fan of Madrid: “I really like the city, it has nothing to do with playing”.