Madrid Open PHOTOS: First round kicks off, defending champ Bertens advances

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Main-draw play started this Thursday at the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open with a busy first-round schedule. Our photographer Jimmie48 made it to a lot of matches and he also attended many practice sessions.

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands
Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands

Defending champion Kiki Bertens recorded her first Tour-level win of the season by defeating world No.901 Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra 6-4 6-0.

Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra
Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra

Fifteen-year-old Kasintseva was making her WTA main-draw debut this week as the youngest player in the draw.

Angelique Kerber of Germany
Angelique Kerber of Germany

Angelique Kerber booked her place in the second round with a 7-6(5) 6-1 victory over Marketa Vondrousova.

Iga Swiatek of Poland
Iga Swiatek of Poland

Seed No.14 Iga Swiatek beat Alison Riske 6-1 6-1 to record her 16th straight set win on clay on her Madrid debut.

Sloane Stephens of the United States
Sloane Stephens of the United States

Sloane Stephens advanced to the second round after taking out lucky loser Danka Kovinic 6-4 6-1. Kovinic entered the main draw when Garbine Muguruza withdrew because she hasn’t fully recovered from her injury sustained in Charleston.

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland

Eighth seed Belinda Bencic got past Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-2.

Elena Vesnina of Russia
Elena Vesnina of Russia

Elena Vesnina played her first singles match in nearly three years. The Russian fell to compatriot Veronika Kudermetova 6-1 6-4.

Veronika Kudermetova of Russia
Veronika Kudermetova of Russia

Laura Siegemund defeated Kateryna Kozlova 6-4 6-2. The German rocked the Fila Tie Breaker Tie Dye Tank and matching colorful Axilus 2 Energized shoes with a classic white skirt and white knee-high socks.

Laura Siegemund of Germany
Laura Siegemund of Germany

Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Aryna Sabalenka, Anett Kontaveit, Daria Kasatkina, Jelena Ostapenko and Amanda Anisimova were all on the court practicing this Thursday.

Naomi Osaka of Japan
Naomi Osaka of Japan
Simona Halep of Romania
Simona Halep of Romania
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus
Anett Kontaveit of Estonia
Anett Kontaveit of Estonia
Daria Kasatkina of Russia
Daria Kasatkina of Russia

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  1. Kasatkina is currently not sponsored by Nike but she’s still wearing Nike. How is that happen? Kind of confusing this sponsor thing. At least for me. Haha.

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