WTA Madrid Open 2021: Day 7- Barty, Kvitova, Bencic all register wins, but defending champ Swiatek crashes out

Day 7 saw some expected results like the triumphs of Barty and Kvitova but also saw the loss of Jabeur through injury.

Petra Kvitova Ash Barty Belinda Bencic
Petra Kvitova Ash Barty Belinda Bencic

Day 7 of the WTA Madrid Open gave us a clear indication of who are the serious title contenders for this season. In the top half, Barty and Kvitova look especially strong. It also saw the end of rein for the defending champ from Poland Iga Swiatek.

Barty shows Swiatek who is the real boss

French Open Champion from 2018, Ash Barty took on the French Open Champion from 2019, Iga Swiatek for a place in the Quarter Finals of the Madrid Open 2021, and the World no.1 prevailed in two sets 7-5 6-4. 

Barty played a great game of tennis, and raised her level of play just that little bit, whenever needed, to eke out a tight two set win. This was Barty’s fourteenth consecutive win on clay. In the quarter-finals she will come face to face with Petra Kvitova. 

Kvitova survives Kudermetova scare

Petra Kvitova has won the Madrid Open Title three times, in 2011, in 2015 and 2018. But against Veronika Kudermetova the multi title winner had to push real hard to secure a three set win 6-3 4-6 6-4. 

Kudermetova who is coming off a good title win at Charleston gave Kvitova a real run for her money. Kudermetova has a great serve and it showed when she took the second set 6-4 after Kvitova had already taken the first one 6-3. In the decider, Kvitova raised her game and served brilliantly to close out a great win for her.  In the Quarters she will meet the World no.1 Ash Barty. 

Bencic overcomes an injured Jabeur 

The match started with Belinda Bencic and Ons Jabeur playing out an entertaining first set, which Bencic won 7-6. In the second set, with the match critically poised at 3-3, Jabeur pulled up while chasing down a forehand. After a medical timeout at the changeover, Jabeur resumed play, but two points later was unable to continue. Bencic won the match 7-6, 4-3 (retired). In the Quarters Bencic will take on Paula Badosa. 

Home girl Paula Badosa triumphs

Paula Badosa, the Spanish girl who has a lot of local support kept her fantastic run in Madrid going with a 6-7  7-6  6-0 win over Anastasija Sevastova. In a match that lasted for more than two and a half hours and had drama galore, the Badosa finally overcame the Qualifier. Badosa who was playing at home, in front of friends and family got very emotional after the match. She will take on Belinda Bencic in the Quarter-finals.

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