Sharapova Gets Revenge On Mladenovic In Madrid; Wozniacki, Muguruza Out
by Staff | May 9th, 2018, 10:49 pm

Two of the Top 3 seeds in Madrid fell on Wednesday, but the story was Maria Sharapova. Following critical comments from Kristina Mladenovic on her doping return, the Frenchwoman beat Sharapova in Stuttgart last year.

But today, it was the Russian’s turn in a strong 6-3, 6-4 win to advance to the quarterfinals.

“I just felt like I did the right things,” said Sharapova who was down a break in the first. “Despite a slow start, I was still very positive. I still felt like I was doing the right things out there, and continued to do so. I felt like I returned much better than I have been, which makes your life a little bit easier.”

Up next will be Kiki Bertens to blew out Australian Open champ Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2.

“I don’t know much about her,” Sharapova said of Bertens. “I’ve seen a few of her matches. I spoke a little bit to Thomas [Hogstedt] as I was doing my cool down just now, a little bit about the match. It’s always interesting how you finish one, then it’s less than 24 hours you’re on to the next one.

“She’s a confidence player as well. I think that’s one of the reasons she’s been playing so well. Clearly loves the clay. I look forward to that challenge. It’s great to be at this stage.”

Wozniacki had hopes of returning to No. 1, but the Estonian had other plans.

“It was a really good match, I think one of my best matches ever,” Bertens said. “I’m really happy to be back here in Madrid – I think so far all the matches I’ve played here have been going very well.

“I was just going out there very calm, just going for my shots, and trying to play aggressive where I could… And of course if you hit almost everything in everything feels perfect.”

Another former No. 1 feel in Garbine Muguruza who was bounced by Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

“I was playing against No.3 in the world, and it’s always giving you confidence when you’re beating big players on the big stages,” Kasatkina said. “Matches like this, when you’re fighting for every ball — of course after these matches, you’re feeling much better.”

Muguruza leaves her home event in disappointment.

“I am disappointed, but in comparison with other years that I felt in Madrid, this year I’m very happy because I feel like I really gave everything I had over there,” said Muguruza. “I felt good. It’s just that Kasatkina played better today.”

Meanwhile, World No. 1 Simona Halep cruised into the quarterfinals, overwhelming Kristyna Pliskova 6-1, 6-4. She’ll meet another Pliskova in Karolina tomorrow.

The higher ranked Pliskova had no issues in a 6-2, 6-3 win over US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

Pliskova is just 1-7 against Halep.

“There’s not much we can talk about, because we know everything,” said Pliskova looking ahead. “Kristyna had some chances today, so that’s good – but I think I’m a little more comfortable for than Kristyna is.”

Caroline Garica, Petra Kvitova and Carla Saurez Navarro were also winners on the day.

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8 Comments for Sharapova Gets Revenge On Mladenovic In Madrid; Wozniacki, Muguruza Out

Willow Says:

Not a Sharapova fan, and i think Kiki has more talent as a player, having said that i didnt like the trash talking that Maria has to stomach from some of her peers, so im glad shes brought Kiki down a peg or two, really wish i couldve seen the match and the handshake afterwards lol ….

jalep Says:

Karolina was an awesome win over Simona today, straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. She should be winning here, tho she never had much success before, but Karo P. has grown in confidence and realized her game is well-suited to Madrid conditions – like her compatriot Petra Kvitova, 2 time Madrid champ. Karolina and Kvitova have both been brilliant post Davis Cup win over Germany. I took a chance and called it right by picking Pliskova – tho I hate seeing Simona lose!

I’ll be back to rooting for Simona at RG. It was a terrible shock loss last year to Ostapenko. I don’t expect Jelena Ostapenko to back up such a performance – she’ll have a target on her back this year. On the other hand, Ostapenko defending her title there would be incredible. Good luck, Simona.

I’ve never been a Sharapova fan and hope Kiki Bertens can play her best and get a win over Maria. Go Kiki! (though I don’t truly believe another Kiki will beat Maria.

Willow Says:

Kiki beats Maria yay ….

jalep Says:

Yay!! woohoo! Congrats Bertens :D

I’m fine Willow, how’s you?
I go trail running in the hills today — have to miss the rest of the matches.

I love Kasatkina but I don’t want her to beat Kvitova! There’s a very good chance the young Russian will win. Should be a fun match.

Willow Says:

Jalep yeah all great, going on our first camp next weekend to celebrate Beltane, its one weve never done so im so excited about it, its my only day off today so im making the most of it lol, hope you enjoy your trail running its lovely weather for it, been some interesting matches today very competitive, alot going not the way you would expect, one of the most interesting tournaments so far in the clay court swing, Thiem about to beat Coric as we speak, anyway enjoy your day hun ;-)

jalep Says:

Really do like Madrid because it’s faster clay than the rest. But I’m certain that Rafa knows how to win here!! lol

Enjoy your outing, Willow. 😎

Willow Says:

Thanks Jalep its great to talk to you ;-)

Willow Says:

Yeah it seems more open than the other clay court tournaments ….

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