2014/04/24

Getting Ready for the Show at the Madrid Open

By Lucia Hoffman

MADRID – The Mutua Madrid Open began on Friday with Qualifying WTA matches on the following courts: Manolo Santana, Sanchez-Vicario, Stadium 3, Court 5 and Court 7. Early in the morning it was raining but it cleared up on time for competition and with practices taking place with Li Na, Maria Kirilenko, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, and others. The environment around the tournament is still busy trying to get ready to open, with the matches going on, players practicing and training, workers all around giving finishing touches to the site.

 

The WTA All Access Hour took place on Friday afternoon with Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova answering questions from the media. All seemed in good spirits and very aware of the importance of the marketing strategy of the new blue color for the Mutua Madrid Open. Kvitova hasn’t played on it yet since she just arrived but says she is looking forward to it. Wozniacki mentioned that blue is her favorite color and believes it’s good for the event.

 

Manolo Santana was chatting with players and so was Marat Safin, who was leaving Friday night. Safin believes that change is good for the sport of tennis and players will get used to it (blue clay courts), and it’s normal to resist to changes but it’s important that players consider the tournament aspect of it as well and its marketing appeal.

Lucia Hoffman is in Madrid covering the Mutua Madrid Open for Tennis Panorama News.

Men’s Singles Draw

Women’s Singles Draw

Order of Play for May 5, 2012

MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 5-13, 2012
Blue Clay/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Saturday, May 5, 2012
Manolo Santana (from 13.00hrs)
1. Sorana Cirstea vs. Marion Bartoli
2. Samantha Stosur vs. Petra Martic
3. Simona Halep vs. Venus Williams
4. Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco vs. Li Na (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Mona Barthel vs. Julia Goerges

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 13.00hrs)
1. Estrella Cabeza Candela vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (Singles Q Final)
2. Tamira Paszek vs. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa
3. Petra Cetkovska vs. Vera Zvonareva
4. Iveta Benesova vs. Klara Zakopalova

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Clément vs. Gimeno-Traver
2. Kuznetsova/Radwanska vs. Medina Garrigues/Parra Santonja (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Laura Pous-Tio (Singles Q Final)
4. Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova vs. Begu/Peer
5. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Christina McHale

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Ebden vs. Gil
2. ATP: Schwank vs. Hanescu
3. ATP: Falla vs. Pastor
4. ATP: Muñoz-de la Nava vs. Petzschner
5. ATP: Bautista-Agut vs. Phau (NB 17.00hrs)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Lucie Hradecka (Singles Q Final)
2. Johanna Larsson vs. Anna Chakvetadze (Singles Q Final)
3. Jill Craybas vs. Marta Domachowska (Singles Q Final)
4. ATP: Andreev vs. Berrer
5. ATP: Torebko vs. Roger-Vasselin (NB 17.00hrs)

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cipolla vs. Prodon
2. ATP: Starace vs. Sanjurjo Hermida
3. ATP: Delbonis vs. Pospisil
4. ATP: Giraldo vs. Copil
5. ATP: Stakhovsky vs. Bubka

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Hsieh Su-Wei vs. Andrea Hlavackova (Singles Q Final)
2. Mariana Duque-Mariño vs. Mathilde Johansson (Singles Q Final)
3. Pauline Parmentier vs. Anastasia Rodionova (Singles Q Final)
4. ATP: Cervantes vs. Ungur

 

 

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