Whether she plays the Mutua Madrid Open in real world on clay or in the virtual environment, Kiki Bertens is unstoppable! The 2019 Madrid champion defended her title in the coronavirus edition of the tournament, dominating the 16-women field in the Tennis World Tour video game.
Going through the round-robin phase undefeated, with wins over Donna Vekic, Angelique Kerber and Eugenie Bouchard, Bertens showed impressive gaming skills and everyone saw her as a title favorite. Those predictions became a reality, as the Dutchwoman eliminated Belinda Bencic in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, then dispatched Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 in Thursday’s semifinals, only to get back to the virtual Manolo Santana Stadium shortly afterwards to beat Fiona Ferro 6-1 in the title match.
The ladies’ purse at the inaugural Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro is €150,000. As the winner, Bertens will donate a portion of her earnings to the tennis players currently struggling financially in this challenging period of the coronavirus outbreak.