The second round of the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open wrapped up today as several of the WTA’s top players were in action inside the Caja Magica on Wednesday.
Starting off the day was Simona Halep, the Romanian faced off with local favorite Lara Arrubarrena. Having the Madrid crowd on her side, the young Spaniard tried her hardest to take a set off Halep but ultimately failed as the Romanian managed to bring the match home in two sets.
Following Halep was the world #1 as Serena Williams played Chinese Shuai Peng. The match outcome was hardly surprising as Peng managed to win just five games across two sets as the reigning Madrid champ made it clear that she’s the one to beat in order to have a shot at this year’s trophy.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the WTA’s most popular players though as several girls had to work much harder to secure their ticket for the next round of the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open. One of them was Agnieszka Radwanska, the Polish world #3 was in serious danger of losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova, trailing the Russian late in the third set.
In trademark fashion, Radwanska continued to fight & grind for every point, fighting off no less than three of Kuznetsova’s match points in the third-set tie break to take the match win herself.
While Radwanska escaped the upset, the day went even worse for Radwanska’s good friend Caroline Wozniacki. The former world #1 had to call the trainer early into the first set against Roberta Vinci, struggling with knee problems, the next health issue following Wozniacki’s withdrawal in Stuttgart that was caused by a wrist injury.
Even though the Dane ultimately played on, Vinci took the match in straight sets as Wozniacki never managed to make an impact on the match, making another early exit at a clay tournament.
The day went even more disappointing for Maria Kirilenko. The Russian, who recently came back from a lengthy injury, had to retire with a wrist injury, giving France’s Caroline Garcia a walkover victory into the third round that will be played on Thursday.