(May 8, 2015) Top seed Serena Williams lost her first match of 2015, falling to two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Friday 6-2, 6-3. Earlier in the day, defending champion Maria Sharapova was ousted by Russian countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4.
For the Czech Kvitova, it was her first win over the 19-time major champion. “For sure I’m happy I won today,” Kvitova said in her on-court interview. “I had never beaten her, so it’s a really special moment for me.”
“I think she just played well today,” Williams said. “I mean, she went for broke on every serve, every return. I hit some second serves, 170, 175, and she just hit them for winners. I was very slow off the mark. After my serve I wasn’t moving as well as I should have. You know, I wasn’t in it.
“I wasn’t Serena today. I think that was the main thing.”
The loss ended her 27-match unbeaten streak dating back to 2014. “I’m just exhausted today,” Williams said.
For Kuznetsova it’s the first time in seven years that she beat Sharapova. “I’m just happy to be in the final,” said Kuznetsova,
“Today she had much more pop on her ball than I did, while I felt my shots were a bit too flat,” Sharapova said. ”
On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori reached the men’s semifinals
Defending Madrid Open champion Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-4. Berdych defeated John Isner, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (1).
“It’s great news to be in the semifinals, it’s a very positive result for me,” Nadal said. “I am pleased with the way I played this afternoon, very happy.”
“Very happy about the way things have worked out. I passed a test that was really important for me.”
RESULTS – FRIDAY, 8 MAY 2015
WTA Singles – Semifinals
 P. Kvitova (CZE) d  S. Williams (USA) 62 63
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d  M. Sharapova (RUS) 62 64
WTA Doubles – Semifinals
 G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE) 61 36 10-6
C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d  B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) 75 36 10-7
ATP Singles – Quarter-Finals
 A. Murray (GBR) d  M. Raonic (CAN) 64 75
 R. Nadal (ESP) d  G. Dimitrov (BUL) 63 64
 K. Nishikori (JPN) d  D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 62
 T. Berdych (CZE) d  J. Isner (USA) 36 76(7) 76(1) – saved 1 M.P.
ATP Doubles – Quarter-Finals
 M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d  V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) 26 01 ret. (Pospisil – Ankle Sprain)
 M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d M. Cilic (CRO) / V. Troicki (SRB) 64 67(4) 13-11
R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) d J. Cabal (COL) / A. Mannarino (FRA) 63 62
[WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 64 67(1) 10-4
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 9 MAY 2015
MANOLO SANTANA Start Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP –  T. Berdych (CZE) vs  R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 5:30 pm
WTA – Singles Final –  P. Kvitova (CZE) vs S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP –  K. Nishikori (JPN) vs  A. Murray (GBR)
WTA – Doubles Final – C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs  G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ARANTXA SÁNCHEZ-VICARIO start 3:00 pm
ATP – R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs  M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
ATP –  M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs [WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)