Madrid Open PHOTOS: Suarez Navarro shows up, first round completes

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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 Spain

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 Suarez Navarro & Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain
Carla Suarez Navarro & Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain

Carla was practicing with countrywoman Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic
Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic

Australian Open semifinalist Karolina Muchova needed just 69 minutes to dismiss Wang Qiang 6-1 6-3 in the first round.

Naomi Osaka of Japan
Naomi Osaka of Japan

Naomi Osaka was back on clay for the first time in nearly two years. The second seed defeated Misaki Doi in straight sets.

Misaki Doi of Japan
Misaki Doi of Japan

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.

Cori Gauff of the United States
Cori Gauff of the United States

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.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic

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.

Maria Sakkari of Greece
Maria Sakkari of Greece

The Greek is wearing new Adidas iridescent clothes: the Prime Dope Dye Y-Tank and Prime Dope Dye Match Skirt.

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia
Anett Kontaveit of Estonia

Anett Kontaveit defeated Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic 7-6(4) 7-5.

Simona Halep of Romania
Simona Halep of Romania

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 of Russia
Daria Kasatkina of Russia

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 of the United States
Venus Williams of the United States

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.

Jennifer Brady of the United States
Jennifer Brady of the United States

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Iga Swiatek teamed up in doubles to defeat eighth seeds Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani.

Iga Swiatek of Poland & Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States
Iga Swiatek of Poland & Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States

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.


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