Wozniacki, Cirstea lead the Madrid video game tournament on Day 1


Day 1 of the somewhat historic Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro tennis tournament is in the books. All 16 players in the women’s draw were in action on Monday and so far WTA leaders in the gaming world are Sorana Cirstea and Caroline Wozniacki.

In the opening ladies’ match, Belinda Bencic defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 3-1 in nine minutes in Group 1, followed by Fiona Ferro‘s 3-0 victory over Karolina Pliskova.

Svitolina practiced for this corona tennis tournament in her Nike apparel

Sorana Cirstea impressed with her gaming skills and earned a leading position in Group 2, losing just one point to demolish Johanna Konta 3-0 in three minutes and later on saving three match points to see off Elina Svitolina 4-2. In her second round-robin match on Monday, Konta saw off two-time Madrid finalist Victoria Azarenka 4-2.

Madison Keys described her outfit choice for today’s encounter with Andreescu: “Decided to go vintage 2000s for my match* today.”

Besides Cirstea, the only other player who won two matches on Day 1 was Caroline Wozniacki, who defeated Kristina Mladenovic 4-2 and Bianca Andreescu 3-0 in Group 3. In the final ladies’ match of the day, Andreescu won a tiebreak against Madison Keys, 4-3(2).

“Great fun but I definitely need a little more practice,” said Kerber after finishing Day 1 of Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro with a 0-1 record.

The 2019 Mutua Madrid Open champion Kiki Bertens transferred her winning ways to the virtual environment, beating Angelique Kerber 3-0 in Group 4.

Best-dressed player in this unconventional tennis tournament was definitely Donna Vekic, but neither of her two matches, against Angelique Kerber and Eugenie Bouchard, were completed because of technical glitches. Match between Kiki Bertens and Eugenie Bouchard was also not played.


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