Bertens, Wozniacki, Cirstea, Ferro stay perfect at virtual Madrid, advance to semifinals


Four players finished the round-robin phase of the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro without losing a match and those four players are now also through to the semifinals — Kiki Bertens, Caroline Wozniacki, Sorana Cirstea and Fiona Ferro.

After flawlessly going through her three previous matches in the first ever ATP & WTA video game tournament, the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open champion Kiki Bertens was the first to advance to the semifinals with a 6-4 win over Belinda Bencic on Wednesday.

The Dutchwoman’s opponent in the final four will be Caroline Wozniacki, who absolutely dominated Johanna Konta, going for a 6-0 victory with a 100% first-serve percentage.

After her impressive quarterfinal performance, Wozniacki was asked whether she considered her herself the favorite, but the Dane praised her upcoming opponent’s tricky style of play and said how Bertens had demolished her in practice a few days before, although, there is a possibility that Wozniacki has raised her level in the meantime.

Sorana Cirstea has also kept her perfect record at this video game tennis tournament, squeezing past Bianca Andreescu 7-6(4) in a 23-minute thriller that featured no break points. If you remember, Cirstea opened her campaign at this virtual competition by beating Johanna Konta in just three minutes, while today she needed almost eight times as much to eliminate Andreescu.

Andreescu commented on Cirstea’s gaming skills:

Damn it, you’re good, you were just getting outright winners out of nowhere.

Cirstea’s post-match reaction was:

I was so stressed.

Fiona Ferro wrapped up the semifinal field at the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro with a 7-6(3) win over Donna Vekic, showing that her one-hour daily practice sessions for the past two weeks have been worth it. However, when Vekic was asked who she thought would be the last two women standing, the Croat picked Bertens and Cirstea as clear favorites.


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