At the 3rd round of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, world no.1 Ashleigh Barty will challenge last edition of the Roland Garros winner Iga Swiatek. The young Polish girl also did not run into one of her best days, but unlike her next opponent, she ended her second round match in two sets against Laura Siegemund.
In the first set, both Swiatek and Siegemund hesitated to serve, but the rival broke once more. In the second set, the game that ended the match can be considered the manifesto of Swiatek's suboptimal performance. The number 17 in the world, at 5-3 in favor, in fact wasted 10 match points in a single game before taking advantage of the eleventh by taking advantage of Siegemund's bad volley.
In the 2nd round of the Spanish event, Petra Kvitova took a great win against Angelique Kerber, in two sets, with the final score of 6-4 7-5. In both sets, the German lost her service after breaking the Czech player and played the decisive points with tension.
In the first, the tape sided with Kvitova and literally handed her the set point by putting Kerber out of the game; in the second set, the two-time Wimbledon Grand Slam champion found a series of winning shots in the game that ended the set and the match at 7-5.
In the other matches, last but not least the victories of Anastasija Sevastova and Ons Jabeur, who respectively beat the number 15 seeded Johanna Konta and the American Sloane Stephens. In the third round also Iga Swiatek and Ashleigh Barty, who will clash in a super challenge in the 3rd round.
Ashleigh Barty didn't have one of her best days on a tennis court, but the fact that she managed to find a way to solve her problems and win a game that seemed to have gotten out of hand speaks volumes about her talent and achievements she got in the recent seasons.
The world number one was very foul in the first set and she had to face three heavy break points, all canceled with courage, before breaking her opponent's serve in the ninth game and closing the set with a score of 6-4.
In the second half of the game, on the other hand, Barty completely exited the match and, after winning the opening game in the service, she collected a partial of five games to zero. In the last and decisive set, the break that decided the match came in the second game, when the Slovenian sent an easy forehand to the net and allowed Barty to melt after the heavy passive.
Zidansek had the only two chances to re-enter the match in the fifth game, but did not score in response in either game and allowed the Australian to reach the third round of the WTA in Madrid.