d:iario madrid ’22

MUTUA MADRID OPEN ’22
→ F | → day off | → SF | → QF | → R16 | → R32 | → R64 | → Q
As I’m busy and to reduce the effort I have decided to cover the entire Madrid action in this one single post.
Carla Suarez Navarro

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Madrid, 26 & 27/4/22 – In the first round of the qualifying the only surprise to me was the clear 64 62 win of Danka Kovinic over [2] Aliaksandra Sasnovich. In today’s second round [23] Schmiedlova drubs [5] Linette in a third set tiebreak. Dodin, [11] Bondar, [4] Kanepi, [8] Begu, Yastremska, [14] Potapova, [13] Bouzkova, [6] Martic, [1] Alexandrova, [9] Petkovic and [12] Gracheva prevail.
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

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  • Madrid, 28/4/22 – 16 matches today, many of them having potential. [ → order of play ] Anisimova / [3] Sabalenka could become the thriller of the day. Albeit very nicely in tennis one never knows. // First match on Manolo Santana, two unseeded players, first surprise. Nuria Parrizas Diaz defeats Sorana Cirstea by 64 62. {2] Badosa ousts Kudermetova by 63 60. Anisimova conquers defending champion {3] Sabalenka by 62 36 64. Alexandrova def {10] Ostapenko by 62 46 64. Bouzkova gets the better of {5] Pliskova, 64 75. {8] Jabeur, Muchova, [unseeded] Halep, {15] Azarenka, {11] Bencic, {14] Gauff, Zidansek, Yastremska, Martic, Gracheva, Putintseva through to the next round.
    Belinda Bencic
  • Madrid, 29/4/22 – The other 16 matches of R64. [ → order of play ] Didn’t see Puig for a while. How will she do against [6] Collins today? Andreescu, will she be able to stay in the tournament by defeating Riske? Potapova, who has been acting quite impressingly of late, imho has got chances against Osaka. Same as Bondar against Kasatkina. Kostyuk/Tauson could be a clash, as [9] Raducanu/Martincova, [4] Sakkari/Keys, [12] Pegula/Giorgi. What a nice day of tennis again. // Teichmann def Kvitova by 63 75. The expected clash between [12] Pegula and Giorgi, to the better end of the American, 75 26 75. Kasatkina needs three against Bondar, 46 64 63. Kalinina conquers Stephens by 75 64. The other winners of today are [16] Rybakina, [4] Sakkari, [6] Collins, [17] Fernandez, [7] Muguruza, Andreescu, Kanepi, Osaka, Kostyuk, Siniakova, [9] Raducanu, Sorribes Tormo.
    Daria Kasatkina

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  • Madrid, 30/4/22 [ → order of play ] Lots of ‘could go either way’ today. […]
    Victoria Azarenka
    1. [15] Victoria Azarenka def Tamara Zidansek | 36 61 63
    2. Marie Bouzkova def Dayana Yastremska | 36 763 61
    3. Ekaterina Alexandrova def Nuria Parrizas Diaz| 64 75
    4. Amanda Anisimova def Petra Martic | 36 63 62
    5. [11] Belinda Bencic def Karolina Muchova | 63 46 75
    6. [8] Ons Jabeur def Varvara Gracheva | 75 06 64
    7. Simona Halep def [2] Paula Badosa | 63 61
    8. [14] Cori Gauff def Yulia Putintseva | 61 26 64
ITF W60 Zagreb/Croatia, Final – [2] Jule Niemeier def [3] Reka-Luca Jani | 62 62
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  • Madrid, 1/5/22 [ → order of play ] In my feeling Pegula, Fernandez, Raducanu, Osaka, Muguruza and Sakkari are the favorites. Normally, that is in her pre-Covid form, Andreescu should beat Collins. As for Siniakova/Rybakina I have no clue. When on eye-level like these two often the mindset is the crucial factor. Which should favor the latter by a whisker. // Andreescu in pretty good shape, tennis-wise. Whether her fitness holds remains to be seen. Big success for Anhelina Kalinina. Always like to see Ukrainian players win these days. Her next opponent will be Emma Raducanu, who did exceptionally well today against Kostyuk. Osaka not on the height of her tennis today. But that is not to discount the proficiency of her amazing Spanish opponent, Sara Sorribes Tormo, reaching the ‘sweet sixteen’ on home soil. […]
    Naomi Osaka
    1. [12] Jessica Pegula def Kaia Kanepi | 63 63
    2. Bianca Andreescu def [6] Danielle Collins | 61 61
    3. Anhelina Kalinina def [7] Garbine Muguruza | 63 60
    4. Jil Teichmann def [17] Leyla Fernandez | 64 64
    5. [9] Emma Raducanu def Marta Kostyuk | 62 61
    6. [16] Elena Rybakina def Katerina Siniakova | 60 10 ret
    7. Daria Kasatkina def [4] Maria Sakkari | 36 63 61
    8. Sara Sorribes Tormo def Naomi Osaka | 63 61

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  • Madrid, 2/5/22 [ → order of play ] Pure psychology at the business end of the Alexandrova/Bouzkova match, with the nonflagian (POV) having the win clearly on her racket on serve at 53 in the third and then starting to make errors, double faults… 5’4. 55′. 6’5. 75. Alexandrova, like Sevastova, Bencic and a few others, often is her own worst enemy. Today she gets over the line.
    Cori Gauff
    1. [8] Ons Jabeur def [11] Belinda Bencic | 62 36 62
    2. Simona Halep def [14] Cori Gauff | 64 64
    3. Ekaterina Alexandrova def Marie Bouzkova | 674 60 75
    4. Amanda Anisimova def [15] Victoria Azarenka | 61 64
Another small WTA event has started in St.Malo/France today. Also among the several ITF tourneys of this week there are the two in Prague and Wiesbaden, which I know personally and will keep half an eye on. // St.Malo, R32 – Tamara Korpatsch def Anna Karolina Schmiedlova by 36 62 64. // ITF Wiesbaden, Q1 – Joelle Steur def [3] Stefanie Wagner by 63 16 10-5.
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  • Madrid, 3/5/22 [ → order of play ] Will Kasatkina, Andreescu, Rybakina and Raducanu be the winners today? Wow, four out of four of my predictions wrong today. And still I remain a happy person. Especially with Pegula’s wins I’m happy each and every time.
    Jil Teichmann
    1. Sara Sorribes Tormo def Daria Kasatkina| 64 16 63
    2. [12] Jessica Pegula def Bianca Andreescu | 75 61
    3. Jil Teichmann def [16] Elena Rybakina | 63 61
    4. Anhelina Kalinina def [9] Emma Raducanu | 62 26 64

ITF Wiesbaden, R32 – Bad luck for Katharina Gerlach again with her first round fixture, having to take on Swedish #1 [2] Rebecca Peterson. Fingers crossed for the impressing German. More well-sounding names on court there, Mladenovic, Vekic, Kovinic. Other Germans under way, Lisicki in Bonita Springs/Florida, Barthel and Gabric in Bastad/Sweden, Hobgarski in Split/Croatia, Papadakis in Koper/Slovenia. // Some wild stuff to be seen again from Katharina Gerlach. If she manages to enhance the speed of her shots just a little bit she has every chance to win even against top 100 players like Peterson. In St. Malo Puig retires at 12. Gabric through in Bastad, 61 60 against a Swedish wild card. Barthel out. In Split Hobgarski wins in three against Stolmar, 61 36 64. Lisicki out in Bonita Springs, [2] Maria def Govortsova ibidem by 64 10 ret. Day off for Papadakis and Korpatsch. […]

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  • Madrid, 4/5/22 [ → order of play ] Really really promising fixtures today. […]
    Anhelina Kalinina
    1. [8] Ons Jabeur def Simona Halep | 63 62
    2. Ekaterina Alexandrova def Amanda Anisimova | 64 63
    3. Jil Teichmann def Anhelina Kalinina | 63 64
    4. [12] Jessica Pegula def Sara Sorribes Tormo | 64 62
In St.Malo (R16) Korpatsch has Linette on the other side of the net today. Probably a too heavy task. But she is still in the doubles competition, Lohoff as well. Off day for Maria in Florida, while Kanev, Schunk, Niemeier, Lys, Middendorf, Steur and Siegemund are scheduled in Wiesbaden. Gerlach would still be easily in play there as well, with a ‘normal’ first round fixture. How often did she have very bad luck as to that in the last two or three years! Two youngsters I don’t know yet in Bastad, Ambrosio and Weissheim. Barthel still in the doubles there, Gabric with a day off. Sina Hermann in Daytona Beach, time to relax for Hobgarski in Split. Last not least Papadakis facing Shymanovich in Slowenia. // Korpatsch out in St.Malo. Schunk, Lys and Niemeier proceed in Wiesbaden, Siegemund retires and Steur clearly beaten by Tomova in two. Papadakis out in Koper. Hermann successful in Daytona Beach.

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  • Madrid, 5/5/22 [ → order of play ] Did anybody foresee this semifinal lineup? Well, another chance for wrong predictions. I reckon with a final Jabeur vs Pegula. Don’t disappoint me, girls! 😉 […]

    1. [8] Ons Jabeur def Ekaterina Alexandrova | 62 63
    2. [12] Jessica Pegula def Jil Teichmann | 63 64
Tatjana Maria takes on Gabriela Ce from Brazil today in Bonita Springs, Florida. In Wiesbaden two Germans, Middendorf and Schunk will compete for a berth in the quarterfinals, Schunk my favorite here. Lys will face dangerous Tomova, while Niemeier finds a worthy opponent in former top 40 player Polona Hercog. Anna Gabric has to eliminate just another Swede in order to come further in Bastad. Sina Herrmann against a Lauren Proctor in Daytona Beach and Hobgarski in Split against no-name qualifier Borodulina. Don’t know this Mia Mack yet, who plays R16 today against probably utterly superior Gatto-Monticone in Tossa de Mar/Spain. // Schunk, Lys, Niemeier through in Wiesbaden, Hobgarski in Split, Herrmann in Daytona Beach. Gabric and Mack out. Maria losing an epic third set tiebreak in Florida to 9.

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  • 6/5/22 The Madrid singles final will not be held before tomorrow. Three Germans and one Austrian in the Wiesbaden quarterfinals. Schunk vs Selekhmeteva, Lys vs Kovinic, Niemeier vs Peterson and Kraus (AUT) vs Mikulskyte. In Daytona Beach [7] Sina Hermann (GER) meets [3] Katrina Scott (USA). In Sardinia it’s Emily Seibold vs Camilla Rosatello. (oops, skipped her in my this week’s comments). And in Split/Croatia a German facing an Austrian, Katharina Hobgarski takes on Barbara Haas. // Lys and Kraus out in Wiesbaden, Schunk and Niemeier through to the semis. Hobgarski prevails in Split. Withdrawal from Seibold. Hermann (POV) vs Scott interrupted at 36 764 25. […]
    Barbara Haas

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  • Madrid, 7/5/22 [ → order of play ] So everything went my way in the semis. A little satisfaction for the other day, where I was 100% wrong. But one just has to win the crucial points. 😉 So now I’m veritably equally crossing my fingers for both players. Both deserve it to eventually hold this trophy. Only one of them will do so. That’s tennis, That’s life. How I’d wish that we’d live in a world where the runner-up is cherished as well. Yet to hear that deep truth about the value of not being on the very top one has to go to the shrink in our societies. // Typical me. The final begins. Me so: Ah, this will go the distance or at least two long sets, why not lay down for a little nap, old fellow… …just to wake up later that night with the final being already finito with this peculiar score, 75 06 62. Well, half an eye on the full match replay then later. Or maybe the match summary is enough in that case. // Watched the summary, which was fun. ONS!!!!!!! 😉

    [8] Ons Jabeur def [12] Jessica Pegula | 75 06 62

Interesting from the German perspective the clash between the two most promising players of the young generation in the Wiesbaden second semifinal today. Could become a decent tug of war. Or [8] Niemeier hammers down her opponent, Schunk, in a quick merciless two-setter. We’ll see. [5] Hobgarski vs [2] Naito in Split. // In Wiesbaden the live stream has again a one second time gap between video and audio. The same time gap by the way I informed tournament director Rolf Schmid about on the very first day of the tournament. He had replied to my email timely and nicely, it would be fixed asap. What happened was, that the stream totally broke down the other day. … … Yes, there are things I will never ever understand. Between Schunk and Niemeier it’s ‘plan A’, a decent even steven tug of war. Schunk gets the first set by 75. Yet, if one of the two has the power and skills to come back from trailing a set it’s probably Niemeier. Schunk (POV) breaks to 53′, quick re-break to 5’4. 55′. 6’5 (to 0). Nastasja Mariana Schunk takes her chances to make a strong statement here by defeating favorite compatriot Jule Niemeier in a tough two-setter by 75 75. Congrats! Hobgarski out to Naito in Croatia.

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