2013 Madrid WTA Singles Results    


  WTA May 6-12: Madrid

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n1 Serena Williams USA
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS
n3 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n5 Na Li CHN
n6 Angelique Kerber GER
n7 Sara Errani ITA
n8 Petra Kvitova CZE
n9 Samantha Stosur AUS
n10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n11 Nadia Petrova RUS
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#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday at Madrid, Spain, in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open, the 2013 champion at Brisbane, Miami and Charleston, 31 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, defeated the 2013 champion at Indian Wells and Stuttgart (and 2012 French Open champ), 26 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residences: Manhattan Beach, California and Bradenton, Florida), 6-1, 6-4 (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown with the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is €643,000 ($845,092 in US dollars); Maria's prize is €315,000 ($414,003 USD).

    Serena said: "I've played [Maria] several times; I just tried to focus on what I was doing. I don't know if her start was shaky, but I felt I played well in the first few games. Playing such a great athlete and great tennis player like Maria, you have to come out and play well. I really had no other choice.

    "She definitely started playing better in that second set - I think she came out with a different game plan. I missed a very crucial point in that first game, but after that I just had to refocus." WTA story

    Maria broke Serena's serve at the start of the 2nd set, and took a 3-1 lead before Sereha broke back.

    Maria said: "I started the match really slow today, and against an opponent like [Serena] you just can't give her that, because she plays extremely well when she's confident. I wasn't reacting well, I wasn't moving well. Obviously not only the double faults that I made [Maria had 8 DFs in the match], but I also didn't have a lot of great first serves in. There were a lot of things I could have changed out there on the court.

    "I had that break in the second set, but I wasn't able to go with it and hold it. But starting the match like that isn't going to get me anywhere, so that's something I wish I could have changed today."

    Serena is now 28-1 on clay courts since the start of last season, Maria is 27-2 on clay over the same period.

    Serena now leads Maria 13-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was this year on a Laykold hardcourt in the final at Miami, when Serena defeated Maria 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

    15-time Grand Slam tourney champion Serena is now 50-16 in WTA singles finals, and has a 31-2 singles match record in 2013, losing only to Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka.

    4-time Grand Slam champion Maria is now 29-21 in WTA singles finals. Maria has a 28-4 singles match record in 2013, losing only to Serena Williams (three times) and Li Na.


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    Madrid: The 64-player main draw for Madrid has 16 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Saturday.

click for broader view   La Caja Mágica, Madrid, Spain
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    The Madrid Open was a new tourney for the WTA in 2009. The tourney is held at a new €157.6 million venue, with 14 indoor and 16 outdoor courts. Three of the courts are inside a single building called La Caja Mágica (The Magic Box), with independently-retractable roofs for each of those three courts. Court Manolo Santana seats over 12,000 fans, Court Arantxa Sanchez Vicario seats 3194, and Court Stadium 3 seats 2730. design & constr. pics
    Up until 2003 the WTA Spanish Open was held in Madrid, and, in 2007 and 2006, the WTA Championships were held there.

2013: On Thursday, May 2 in Madrid, 2012 finalist Vika Azarenka and 2012 champion Serena Williams participated in the tourney's opening ceremony...
Madrid, 1st Rnd, Sat-Mon 11am
losers' prize: €9,630; points: 5
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n88 q Yulia Putintseva KAZ 7-6(5), 6-1 Sun

Serena driving a backhand

    Serena said: "Yulia and I train sometimes at the same facility, the Mouratoglou Academy in France. I see her around a lot, and see her working really hard. Honestly, I obviously have to, and want to, play better as each match goes on here. I felt a little sluggish out there today, but I'm happy I won." WTA story

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n363 q Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 7-5, 6-2 Mon

Alexandra serving, and Maria driving a forehand

    Maria was down a break in the 1st set. Maria said: "I played an opponent who has done fairly well on this surface in her career and has a couple of titles. [Alexandra] had quite a big injury last year, but I know she's capable of playing really good clay court tennis, and I expected that from her. Our last match was pretty tough, too... I was really happy I got that break back and was able to win in two sets." WTA story

n3 s3 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n19 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-6(8), 7-6(2) Mon

Vika reaching for a forehand

n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n51 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 6-4 Sun
*n63 LL Madison Keys USA d n5 s5 Na Li CHN 6-3, 6-2 Sun

Madison serving

n6 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n38 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Sun

    Angelique said: "I wasn't playing very well in the beginning and [Su-Wei] played very well from the first point. I was just fighting until the last moment and not thinking about the score at all out there..."
    "The courts are very good. They're very similar to Paris."

n7 s7 Sara Errani ITA d n32 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n8 s8 Petra Kvitova CZE d n36 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 Sun
*n23 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n9 s9 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-6(7), 6-2 Mon

Carla serving

    Carla said: "The draw wasn't very good to me, and I knew the match was going to be difficult, so I was prepared with my tactics today. Sam is a difficult player and the first set was really difficult. But I was very focused and played a really good match. I'm happy to make the next round."

*n35 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n10 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 6-4 Sun

    Yaroslava said: "I played well in Fed Cup and Stuttgart so I came onto the court today feeling good, even though I knew Caroline was the favorite. I was just focusing on what I needed to do today. In the end I was a bit nervous but I managed to close it out anyway, so I'm very happy about it."

n11 s11 Nadia Petrova RUS d n93 q Camila Giorgi ITA 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Sun
*n27 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n12 s12 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 Sun
n13 s13 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n20 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-3, 2-1 retired—athsma Sun
n14 s14 Marion Bartoli FRA d n28 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-3, 3-0 retired—lumbar spine injury Sun
n15 s15 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n71 q Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-3, 6-2 Sun
n16 s16 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n72 q B Mattek-Sands USA 6(10)-7, 6-3, 6-2 Sun
*n76 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n17 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 7-5 Mon

Daniela serving

*n61 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n18 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6(1)-7, 6-3, 6-3 Sun
n22 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n30 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n25 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-2, 7-5 Sun
n26 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n43 Ayumi Morita JPN 3-0 retired—left abductor strain Sun
n29 Julia Goerges GER d n44 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n33 Alize Cornet FRA d n58 Kiki Bertens NED 7-5, 7-6(8) Mon
*n55 q Christina McHale USA d n34 Shuai Peng CHN 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 Mon
*n84 q Maria Teresa Torro Flor ESP d n37 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 7-5 Sun
n39 Sabine Lisicki GER d n54 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n40 Kaia Kanepi EST d n107 sr14 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6(6)-7, 6-2 Sun
n41 Laura Robson GBR d n48 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6(4)-7, 6-2, 6-2 Mon
n45 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n50 Jie Zheng CHN 6-2, 6-3 Sun
n46 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n59 wc Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-1, 6-1 Mon

Kristina serving

n47 wc Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP d n65 wc Simona Halep ROU 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Mon
n64 wc Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n56 LL Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-3, 6-3 Sun

Madrid, 2nd Round, Mon-Wed 11am & noon
losers' prize: €20,750; points: 80
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n47 wc Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP 6-2, 7-5 Tue

Lourdes watching her slice fly, and Serena's backhand drive

    Serena said: "I made a lot of errors, but her game kind of forces you to make errors. I feel it went well. It was a good match for me, a really good clay court tennis match for me.
    "Seeing as I have a few more tournaments coming up on clay, it was perfect to play a match like this, so I know that if I face another opponent like that I'll have that experience and I'll know how to play against them." WTA story

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n55 q Christina McHale USA 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Maria serving, Christina and Maria following forehands, and Maria after match point

*n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n3 s3 Victoria Azarenka BLR 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Ekaterina serving, Vika running down a forehand, and Katya after match point

    Ekaterina said: "[Victoria and I] played many times before and I didn't win so much. I'm not that comfortable against her game. It was a really tough first set for me. When I came out I wasn't playing as well as I wanted to, then I got a little bit angry and it was really tough to change my game and my mentality.

    "But coming into Madrid I was feeling good... I really enjoy these clay courts because it's a little bit faster here. I just tried to move her around more in the second and third sets and it worked." WTA story

    Victoria was 18-0 this year going into the match, but had been sidelined since March by an ankle injury.

    Victoria said: "I have to give Ekaterina credit - she played really well," Azarenka said. "I felt like I had a lot of chances; I just didn't take them. I put myself down a little bit. Hey, I didn't play for a long time. I haven't lost a match for a long time. But this happens - it was going to happen sooner or later anyway. I just want to do better in the next tournament and kind of pick it up."

*n41 Laura Robson GBR d n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-3, 6-1 Mon

Laura after match point

    It was Laura's first career win over a top 5 player. Laura said: "A very exciting day for me. I'd had enough of losing."

n6 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n33 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Angelique contemplating a backhand

n7 s7 Sara Errani ITA d n26 Sorana Cirstea ROU 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 Mon

Sara serving, and Sorana about to swat a backhand

*n76 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n8 s8 Petra Kvitova CZE 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Daniela serving

*n45 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n11 s11 Nadia Petrova RUS 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4 Tue
n13 s13 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n46 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6(5)-7, 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Maria driving a backhand

n14 s14 Marion Bartoli FRA d n84 q Maria Teresa Torro Flor ESP 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Tue
*n39 Sabine Lisicki GER d n15 s15 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-6(4), 7-6(3) Tue
n16 s16 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n61 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-2, 6-2 Tue

Ana serving

*n35 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n22 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Tue
*n40 Kaia Kanepi EST d n23 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-1 Wed
n27 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n29 Julia Goerges GER walkover—gastrointestinal illness Wed
*n64 wc Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n63 LL Madison Keys USA 7-6(3), 6-3 Tue

    Anabel said: "Keys is a young player who hits the ball with a lot of strength and has a very good serve, but I was ready for that. I'm feeling the ball really well and I think my game is coming together again. The balls are bouncing off the courts a bit more than usual here, so I'm happy!"

Madrid, 3rd Round, Wed-Thu noon
loser's prize: €39,000; points: 140
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n13 s13 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-3, 6-1 Thu

Serena serving, and Maria fielding a forehand

    Serena is now 25-1 on clay courts since the start of last season.

    Serena said: "I just felt really relaxed today. I was just taking my time. I think the match was okay. I haven't had a chance to talk about it with my team yet, but I will. I'm a perfectionist. I always look for things I can try and do better. When we get together I'll see what I can do better." WTA story

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n39 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-2, 7-5 Thu

Sabine and Maria launching serves

    It was Maria's 19th consecutive clay court victory.

    Maria said: "[Sabine is] the kind of opponent that plays extremely well against top players. You can see that from her results, and she beat me last year at Wimbledon. This was our first meeting on clay, so a little different, but overall it was about keeping my intensity as much as I could. Maybe you're not going to play with intensity every point, but the more you do, the better chance you have of winning."

    If Maria progresses one more round than Serena at this tourney, she will retake the #1 position in next week's WTA singles rankings.

n6 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n45 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 Wed
n7 s7 Sara Errani ITA d n27 Varvara Lepchenko USA 7-5, 6-3 Thu
*n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n14 s14 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-2 Thu
n16 s16 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n41 Laura Robson GBR 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(5) Wed

Ana following a forehand

    Ana struck 10 aces, but with 10 double faults, while scoring on 8 of the 14 break points she reached against Laura and totaling 105 points in the match. Laura hit 4 aces, with 11 DFs (including one on match point) while converting 7 of her 14 break points against Ana and totaling 101 points.

*n64 wc Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n35 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ walkover—right arm injury
n40 Kaia Kanepi EST d n76 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 6-4 Thu

Madrid, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: €80,700; points: 250
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n64 wc Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 0-6, 7-5

Anabel serving, Serena driving a backhand, and after match point

    Serena said: "I obviously didn't do much in the second set, which gave [Anabel] a lot of confidence to play better. And then I thought she played really well after that in the third.
    "I definitely want to cut back on my unforced errors. I had a lot of them today. Also I went for a lot more today than I have been in my past few matches. So I think I'm going to go back to the way I have been playing and being more calm and not making as many unforced errors as I did out there today." WTA story

    The 2nd set bagel was only the 7th Serena has eaten in her career; the last time she failed to win a game in a set was versus her sister Venus at the 2008 WTA Championships.

    Anabel said: "As the second set was going on I was thinking, 'It might happen.' I was wondering how many sets Serena has lost at love. I don't think it's many. It's true she let her level drop a little bit in the second set, but I had to win it, too, and I did. And there it will stay for history.
    "And then I was also two points from winning at 5-4 in the third set. But she did an ace, and I couldn't do anything. It's a pity I lost today, but she's the #1 in the world because of those things."

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n40 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-2, 6-4

Maria serving, Kaia and Maria driving backhands, and Maria after match point

    Maria said: "I faced a really good clay court player today. A lot of [Kaia's] success has come on clay. I faced her at the French Open last year, where she had really good wins, so I know that she's capable. I was just really determined today, and I'm happy I was able to win with that type of scoreline."

*n16 s16 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n6 s6 Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 6-1
n7 s7 Sara Errani ITA d n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-4, 6-3

Madrid, SFs, Sat 11am
losers' prize: €158,500; points: 450
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n7 s7 Sara Errani ITA 7-5, 6-2

Serena serving, Sara and Serena driving backhands, and Serena after match point

    Serena said: "I guess I'm a little happy. I feel that I played solid. In the second set more than the first I made less errors, which was something that I really needed to do today." WTA story

    Sara said: "I didn't serve very well... I couldn't put them where I wanted to because she was putting so much pressure on me with the return. I have to be better in that, but it's not easy."

    Serena is now 27-1 on clay courts since the start of last season.

    About playing Maria Sharapova in the final, Serena said: "I look forward to it. I feel like this whole tournament I've only played clay court players from my first round to now, and everyone was also smaller than me. So I think tomorrow will be a really good match. A different game, more power obviously, but still a lot of the consistency. So I'm looking forward to it."

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n16 s16 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 6-3

Maria serving, Ana and Maria driving backhand and forehand, and Maria after match point

    Maria said: "In my previous match against [Ana], a couple of weeks ago in Stuttgart, I had a bit of a letdown in the second set. After losing that early break in the second set today I remembered that moment and didn't want to let it happen again. I thought I played a pretty good game to get myself back in that second set, a good return game. And overall I'm pretty happy with how I played today." WTA story

    Ana said: "It was a lot closer than the score indicates. I had a lot of chances, especially in the first set. I felt I lacked a little bit of energy and accuracy on my shots in the most important moments, and [Maria is] such a great player, so you really have to be on top of your game if you want to win against her."

    It was Maria's 21st consecutive clay court victory, and the 500th match victory of her career.

    About playing Serena Williams in the final, Maria said: "It's always tough against [Serena]. I haven't had a win against her in a long time, but the great thing is that I'm really setting myself up in a position where I can try to change that around. I thought I really well against her in Miami for the first set and a half. Obviously that's not enough, but the goal is to keep that level for the whole match this time and open up my chances, take my opportunities. It's been a while since we played on a clay court, too, and every match is different."

Madrid, Final, Sun 1pm+
loser's prize: €315,000; points: 700
winner's prize: €643,000; points: 1000
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-1, 6-4

Serena serving, Maria launching a forehand on the run, Serena driving a backhand, and after match point

Madrid, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: €102,034
winners' prize: €203,000
Lucie Safarova & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d Cara Black & Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-4

Madrid, Qual Finals, Sat May 4 11am
losers' prizes: q1 €1,250 1pt; q2 €2,555 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n55 Christina McHale USA d n99 Mathilde Johannson FRA 6-2, 6-4
*n71 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n56 Stefanie Voegele SUI 7-6(4), 6-4
n61 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n96 Melanie Oudin USA 6-3, 6-1
*n72 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n63 Madison Keys USA 6-2, 7-5
*n84 Maria Teresa Torro Flor ESP d n66 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 6-1
*n93 Camila Giorgi ITA d n86 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
n88 Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n187 Aravane Rezai FRA 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
n363 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n472 Sara Sorribes Tormo ESP 6-2, 1-6, 6-2

Madrid, Withdrawals & non-entries
n21 Venus Williams USA low back injury
n31 Tamira Paszek AUT upper respiratory infection
n42 Heather Watson GBR illness (mono)

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