The Magic Box was the tragic box for the top seeded players in Madrid, with 10 of the 16 seeds out over the first three days, but on Tuesday the results leveled out for the few remaining top seeds.
All three Top 10 seeds in action moved into the third round on Tuesday as No. 6 Simona Halep, No. 8 Carla Suarez Navarro and No. 10 Timea Bacsinszky posted victories.
Halep beat up Karin Knapp 6-1, 6-1, moving on to a meeting with Bacsinszky who struggled past Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
“We shouldn’t forget that [Knapp] was injured, she had knee surgery, so she’s coming back and it wasn’t her best day,” Halep said. “I want to see how many matches I can win because I really need to win matches now, I just want to be relaxed now — I’m not thinking about the results.”
Halep lost to Bacsinszky earlier in the year at Miami.
“Bacsinszky is revenge!” Halep said. “It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be difficult, a tough match for sure. I just want to go on court relaxed and play my game…I am in a good place mentally and physically.”
Bacsinszky says she will attempt to be ready on Wednesday.
“It’s my seventh match in eight days, so if I have a lack of energy sometimes, I think it’s kind of normal,” Bacsinszky said. “I’m really happy that I won, whether it was in two, three sets…Even if it were in five I would be happy as well. I’m just happy that I won my match.”
Suarez Navarro rolled past German Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 6-2, setting up a meeting with Sam Stosur, who advanced when No. 11 seed Lucie Safarova withdrew from the tournament citing illness.
“She is a very dangerous player because she serves well and good forehands and experience in the tour,” Suarez said of Stosur. “She knows me, so I think that it’s going to be a match where I have to give my 100 percent.”
Unseeded Dominika Cibulkova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova lined up a third-round meeting after the Slovak beat Caroline Garcia 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, and the Russian advanced when Camila Giorgi withdrew from the event citing a back injury. Romanian wildcard Sorana Cirstea, who defeated Danka Kovinic 6-3, 7-5, will next meet German hot-handed qualifier Laura Siegemund who beat fellow qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Matches to look for on Wednesday in Madrid are (6) Halep vs. (10) Bacsinszky, (8) Suarez Navarro vs. Stosur, (5) Petra Kvitova vs. Daria Gavrilova, and (4) Victoria Azarenka vs. Louisa Chirico.
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