Halep Goes for Madrid Triple; WTA Preview
by Staff | May 5th, 2018, 3:50 pm

Simona Halep goes for three in a row this week in Madrid, but is looking for a first title since the first week in January.
Fourteen of the Top 15 on the WTA rankings join Halep, in addition to floaters such as former No. 1s Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.

MADRID, Spain; surface: clay

Seeds: Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Jelena Ostapenko, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia, Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova, Julia Goerges, CoCo Vandeweghe, Madison Keys, Daria Kasatkina, Anastasija Sevastova, Magdalena Rybarikova


The world No. 1 Halep and the former No. 1 Pliskova are tops in the top quarter. Halep starts against the Russian veteran Ekaterina Makarova, and Pliskova against Elena Vesnina, winner to likely meet former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. The Americans Keys and Stephens hope to make some noise, with Stephens looking at the winner of Sam Stosur and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2nd rd.


Muguruza and Venus Williams are the high seeds in the 2nd quarter, and both open with potential challenges. Muguruza meets Shuai Peng, and Williams against Anett Kontaveit. Petra Kvitova and Daria Kasatkina are other seeds in the quarter, with few unseeded floaters.


Elena Svitolina and Caroline Garcia headline the third quarter, each starting against tough opponents. Svitolina opens against upset queen Alize Cornet, and Garcia against former Grand Slam runner-up Dominika Cibulkova. Big-hitter Julia Goerges is also in the vicinity and will meet Timea Babos in the first round.


No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko are the top seeds at the bottom of the draw, joined by fellow seeds CoCo Vandeweghe and Anastasija Sevastova. Interesting starts were dealt to Ostapenko vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (winner to face Maria Sharapova), Wozniacki vs. Daria Gavrilova, and Vandeweghe vs. Kristina Mladenovic.

Wildcards were awarded to the Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk, Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig, and Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena, Georgina Garcia Perez and Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Withdrawing from the tournament were Serena Williams, Timea Bacsinszky, Catherine Bellis, Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska, Lucie Safarova, and Laura Siegemund.

Halep is the two-time defending champion, in last year’s final defeating Mladenovic in the three-set final.

Former champions in the field are Halep (2017-16), Kvitova (2015,’11), and Sharapova (2014).

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8 Comments for Halep Goes for Madrid Triple; WTA Preview

Margot Says:

Good grief AM and jalep, my WTA picks have already crashed and burned! Eek! Ostapenko and Venus, how could you? At least Coco is out, AM….;)

Willow Says:

For some reason i can never do these bracket challenges, have no problem when it comes to the GS brackets, but for some reason i cant get Jaleps challenge to accept my password :-/

AndyMira Says:

M!….Hehehehehehehehehe!….Yeah!….It’s not just u My Royal Highness!…My finalist also bailed out on me!!….At least my winner is still there!But…MY GOD!…Half of my picking was out too!!Ohohohohohoho!!….I’m pretty sure by the middle of the week,there’s no green spot left in my Bracket!!Hahaha….

AndyMira Says:

Willow!…I have a solution for u sis!…Enter it with a different email,username & password…I’ve got 4,5 different monikers in the Bracket….try it!…I’m sure it will work Will..insyaallah!

Willow Says:

AndiMira next time hun ;-)

Humble Rafa Says:

Even the unkept and ugly Ferrer now has a baby. Xisca, when can we?

AndyMira Says:

Okay Will!…No problem!…Maybe u want to participate in Rome next week Will?The draw will be out on saturday usually..If u want to know about something,just ask us okay?[jalep,me,M]…

But,i’m positive that the problem is your email Will…Try a new one[Clive’s maybe?]..and a new password from the one that u use for TourneyTopia…Me & jalep r waiting a long time for u to us in a Bracket Will!….Good luck k?

j-kath Says:

Humble Rafa: Ferrer is not ugly or unkempt – do I detect a morsel of envy dear man?

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