The curtain came down on the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open with a great singles final to wrap up a very eventful week. This post brings together the highlights from the tournament including a recap of the final and links to memorable matches, points, media and plenty more. All previous Match Points tournament summaries from 2016 and 2017 can be found HERE. Read on for the best bits from Madrid…
Simona Halep defended her Madrid title, beating Kristina Mladenovic in a gruelling final, 7-5 6-7(5) 6-2 in two hours and 44 minutes. Halep had to work so hard to win this title and I was impressed with how she bounced back after losing the second set. While she didn’t serve for the second set or have set points, the frustration at not being able to finish in straights did boil over on one occasion – she threw and kicked her racquet after one particular point, barely touching a ballsperson. Mladenovic was bothered by the back injury from yesterday but battled and defended admirably, and played some breathtaking points in the second set tiebreak.
Huge credit to Halep for regaining her focus in the decider – this was a superb effort to defend her title and winning a match like this will only help her mentally going forward. For Mladenovic, I loved her effort and sportsmanship at the end. Her record in final is concerning but if she keeps putting herself in these positions, it will come. In my opinion, both are legitimate contenders for the French Open.
Chan Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis won the doubles title, defeating Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova, 6-2 6-4 in Saturday’s final.
Madrid first round – Caroline Wozniacki d. Monica Niculescu, 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4.
I couldn’t help but laugh because I understand the feeling.. seriously speaking, Sveta played some fine tennis in Madrid.
Loved these pictures of Carla Suárez Navarro by Tatiana on Twitter.
A cracking shot of Eugenie Bouchard after her second round win over Maria Sharapova on Monday night.
Not only did Halep defend her title in Madrid, but she became the first player to reach three finals in Madrid.
There were a handful of excellent matches from Madrid including the final. The highlight though had to be the Bouchard-Sharapova blockbuster from Monday night – how rare is it that a hyped up match actually delivers? I was more expecting the drama to be on point but the quality and intensity of this match was stunning.
Loved this crunching rally between Maria Sharapova and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in their first round match, finished off with a crisp winner by MLB.
This one could make the “Best shot” section too like above but it was a great point. Wonderful touch from Mladenovic to win it having defended magnificently at everything that Halep threw at her.
Again from the final… incredible defence from Mladenovic!
Kristina Mladenovic, take a bow.
And this was another touch of class from Mladenovic during the second set tiebreak of the final. Note that Halep also applauds the shot.
The Bouchard-Sharapova match produced some stunning rallies and a pair of hot shots. Firstly, this get from Bouchard! 😲
Followed by a tremendous on-the-run forehand winner by Sharapova.
A classy end to a high quality semi-final between Kristina Mladenovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Great words from Francesca Schiavone.
A couple of interesting quotes from Eugenie Bouchard after her second round win over Maria Sharapova.
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