The Madrid Open, now referred to as the Mutua Madrid Open and sponsored by Mutua Madrilea, is a men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament that takes place in Madrid in the first few weeks of May. The clay-court competition is categorised as a WTA 1000 event on the WTA Tour and an ATP Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP Tour. It was formerly referred to as the Madrid Masters. The red clay court on which the competition is typically played. The 2012 tournament edition was held on blue courts, but blue was later rejected by the ATP.
The tournament, which took the place of the now-gone Eurocard Open in Stuttgart, was categorised as an ATP Masters Series event from its inception as a men’s only event in 2002. It was the first of two Master’s indoor hard court late-season competitions that took place before the ATP Tour Finals, and it was held in the Madrid Arena from 2002 to 2008. It became the second Master’s tournament of the spring European clay-court swing, replacing the Hamburg Open, and it was expanded to include a top women’s competition.
The blue clay court surface was officially approved for the 2012 edition of the competition on December 1, 2011, according to both the ATP and WTA circuits. But after the 2012 competition, players threatened to boycott it in the future, particularly Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (who both lost on the blue court). As a result, the tournament switched back to red clay for the 2013 campaign. The only male player to win the competition on three different court types—hard courts in 2006, red clay in 2009, and blue clay in 2012—is Roger Federer. Only Serena Williams has won the competition twice among female competitors, on red clay in 2013 and blue clay in 2012.
Here is a look at the five most successful women’s champions of the Madrid Open.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova is the most successful women’s singles player in the history of the Madrid Open with three titles so far in her career. Her maiden success in the WTA 1000 competition came in the year 2011 when she defeated Victoria Azarenka 7–6(7–3), 6–4 in the final. Her latest success in the competition came as recently as 2018 which saw her defeat Kiki Bertens 7–6(8–6), 4–6, 6–3 in the final.
With two back to back Madrid Open titles to her name, the great Serena Williams is, so far, the second most successful women’s singles player in the competition’s history. Much like Kvitova, Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka 6–1, 6–3 in the 2012 final to register her maiden Madrid Open crown. The American tennis legend repeated the feat a year later. This time, she was up against a tough opponent in Maria Sharapova in the final. However, Williams dominated proceedings as she raced to a 6–1, 6–4 victory.
Former world no. 1 Simona Halep is also a two-time back to back winner of the Madrid Open in 2016 and 2017. In the first final, the Romanian tennis superstar made short work of Dominika Cibulkova as she registered a comfortable 6–2, 6–4. The 2017 final was a much tighter affair as Halep was pushed to the limit by a spirited Kristina Mladenovic. The match was a classic and the Romanian had to dig deep to churn out a 7–5, 6–7(5–7), 6–2 victory.
Most successful women’s Madrid Open champions
|2011, 2015, 2018