Friday at the Mutua Madrid Open was busy with the second half of first-round matches. Photographer Jimmie48 followed the WTA players all day long.
Carla Suarez Navarro of SpainLet’s start with the photo of the day: Carla Suarez Navarro is back on the court with a smile on her face. A week ago the Spaniard announced that she was cancer-free, having completely cured from Hodgkin lymphoma afters months of chemotherapy.
Carla was practicing with countrywoman Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Australian Open semifinalist Karolina Muchova needed just 69 minutes to dismiss Wang Qiang 6-1 6-3 in the first round.
Naomi Osaka was back on clay for the first time in nearly two years. The second seed defeated Misaki Doi in straight sets.
The world No.79 Doi is now 0-21 against Top 10 opposition. By the way, I really like this new colorful skirt that players sponsored by New Balance are wearing. We also saw it on Coco Gauff today.
Making her tournament debut in Madrid and playing just the fourth WTA clay-court tournament of her career, the world No.35 Gauff lost to sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 5-7 6-3 6-2.
Maria Sakkari won 12 of the last 16 games from 0-6 0-1 down to eliminate Amanda Anisimova 0-6 6-1 6-4.
Anett Kontaveit defeated Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic 7-6(4) 7-5.
Third seed Simona Halep, twice a champion here in Madrid, booked a spot in the second round with a 6-0 7-5 victory over wildcard Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Daria Kasatkina‘s 4-6 6-4 7-6(1) win over qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu made the WTA’s longest matches of 2021 list. After three hours and one minute, Kasatkina closed out the match on her eighth match point.
Venus Williams, a former singles finalist in Madrid, fell to fellow American Jennifer Brady 6-2 6-4. The Williams sister was sporting an outfit from her EleVen In the Curves collection: the Sun Bliss Top and the Sun Bliss Skirt.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Iga Swiatek teamed up in doubles to defeat eighth seeds Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani.
Our Jimmie48 will be on the courts the entire day tomorrow as well, so stay with us for more exclusive photo coverage from the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open.