Set Points, 30th of April 2016: Prague, Rabat and Madrid… Tennis, Tennis, Tennis!

Yay for the Bank Holiday… Three days off work is glorious and a weekend start presents the opportunity to watch a bit more tennis! Saturday was a manic day with two tournament weeks overlapping; the International tournaments in Prague and Rabat both had their singles finals, while the third Premier Mandatory tournament of the year in Madrid, got underway with main draw action (no streams though. For a preview of the main draw in Madrid, click HERE. A preview for Petkovic-Bacsinszky HERE. Read on for Saturday’s Set Points…

Set PointsLucie, Lucie, Lucie! Sorry for all the shouting :-D. As you can imagine, i’m chuffed that Lucie won Saturday’s final in Prague, coming from a set down to defeat Sam Stosur, 3-6 6-1 6-4. For a review of the match and thoughts on Lucie going forward, check out my post from earlier today.

Lucie’s WTA Frame Challenge was posted in the week… she is so sweet!

This was a good week for my favourite players… Timea Bacsinszky won Rabat, prevailing in a one-sided final against Marina Erakovic, 6-2 6-1. It was a superb display from Bacsinszky who didn’t face one break point all match!

Lucie, Sam and Timea will all play tomorrow in Madrid… something has to be done about the scheduling of these tournaments because it is not right that the finalists of last week’s tournaments don’t get a rest day. I don’t see why they should suffer having played last week. I’m all for more tennis at the weekends, but the overlapping of tournaments really frustrates me!

Madrid qualifying is all wrapped up and one player who didn’t make the cut on day 1 was Nicole Gibbs, losing out in straight sets to Patricia Maria Tig, 5-7 6-7(6). Still, I love her attitude.

The second and final round of qualifying in Madrid was completed on Saturday with Laura Siegemund, Elena Vesnina, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Patricia Maria Tig, Alison Riske, Katerina Siniakova, Louisa Chirico and Monica Puig all advancing.

First round action got underway in Madrid today… the lack of streams was disappointing. Winners on day 1 included Ekaterina Makarova, Elina Svitolina, Christina McHale, Camila Giorgi, Alizé Cornet and Sloane Stephens. Of the three seeds in action, Sara Errani was the only one to go out, losing to Giorgi, 5-7 5-7. Errani had served for both sets. Stephens lost the first set to Pereira (from 3-0 to 3-6!) but survived to prevail, 3-6 6-3 6-2. For the American player, it was the first time that she has backed up a tournament win with a first round victory in her next tournament!

Thanks to Tatiana (@_Tatinka_ on Twitter) who has taken some wonderful photos around the grounds in Madrid. Well worth a follow!

Here’s the latest on Eugenie Bouchard, who pulled out of her last match on the WTA tour in Charleston. She plays Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round of Madrid.

And finally, Sunday’s schedule is ABSOLUTELY STACKED. The remaining 26 first round matches will ALL be played. Note that Yulia Putintseva has withdrawn and Daria Gavrilova will now play the lucky loser, Heather Watson. While it’s an incredible schedule, I can’t help feel a little disappointed that many excellent matches will go side-by-side. I wish these tournaments could run over a few more days because it feels so rushed.

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