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.
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.
Fifteen-year-old Kasintseva was making her WTA main-draw debut this week as the youngest player in the draw.
Angelique Kerber booked her place in the second round with a 7-6(5) 6-1 victory over Marketa Vondrousova.
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 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.
Eighth seed Belinda Bencic got past Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-2.
Elena Vesnina played her first singles match in nearly three years. The Russian fell to compatriot Veronika Kudermetova 6-1 6-4.
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.
Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Aryna Sabalenka, Anett Kontaveit, Daria Kasatkina, Jelena Ostapenko and Amanda Anisimova were all on the court practicing this Thursday.
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