The Madrid Open, sponsored by Mutua Madrileña and so known as Mutua (Madrileña) Madrid Open, is a joint men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament, held in Madrid, during early May. The clay court event is classified as an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the Association of Tennis Professionals tour and a Premier Mandatory event on the Women’s Tennis Association tour. In the past it has also been known as the Madrid Masters. The tournament is traditionally played on a red clay surface. Despite having been played on blue courts in the 2012 tournament edition the ATP decided against it for the 2013 edition.
Ion Țiriac, a Romanian former ATP player and now billionaire businessman, is the owner of the tournament since 2009. Țiriac stated that he has an annual net profit of over €35 million and that his tournament brings to Madrid revenues exceeding €200 million.
Simona Halep won the 2017 Madrid WTA tournament for the second year in a row.
Romanian tennis player Simona Halep won the WTA tournament in Madrid, with a total prize of $ 5,439,350 for the second consecutive year after defeating Kristina Mladenovic (France) in the final with 7 -5, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
Halep (25 years old, 8 WTA), the third favorite of the tournament, who was quite lightweight in the final with Dominika Cibulkova last year, needed two hours and 44 minutes to get his second title in Madrid three finals played in the capital of Spain.
Simona passed his 15th title with six conquests in 2013 at Nurnberg, Hertogenbosch, Budapest, New Haven, Moscow and Sofia, two in 2014 in Doha and Bucharest, three in 2015, Shenzhen, Dubai and Indian Wells, three last year, Madrid, Bucharest and Montreal, and this is the first win in 2017.
Halep also played eight finals in 2010 and 2011 in Fes (Morocco), 2012 in Brussels, 2014 in Madrid, Roland Garros and the Champions Tournament in 2015 in Toronto and Cincinnati.
The romanianian player started the match with Mladenovic, being led 2-0, after which he managed three rounds in a row. Mladenovic again had a good period and returned the score with 5-3, but Halep recovered again and managed to hand over the set with 7-5, four consecutive balls.
Halep had a good start for second act and led 2-0, but Mladenovic returned and equaled, 2-2, after which he went with the service up to 6-6, the set entering into the break. Mladenovic managed a better start and departed at 3-0 and could not be reached (7-5), although Simona approached a few times at a single distance.
Mladenovic won the first set of the decisive set after two break balls of Romanian, but then Halep equalized, broke and departed to 3-1. The Frenchman managed a white hand, but was the last for her in the game, because Halep was unstoppable by the end and ended the accounts with 6-2.
Each player had one ace, Halep made 4 double mistakes, Mladenovic only 2, but the Romanian had a net higher percentage on the first field service (81% -57%). Surprisingly, both had the same percentage for the points made with the first service (65%), Mladenovic being better at the second service (52% -43%). Halep managed 22 winners, Mladenovic 40, but the Frenchman committed several unforced errors, 30 against 18 of Simone.
Simona Halep won only two of the four confrontations with Mladenovic, the first being in Cincinnati in 2015 in the second round with 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Mladenovic endured in Paris in 2014 with 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the first round in 2015 in Birmingham with 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4) in quarters, and this year at Indian Wells in round three with 6-3, 6-3. None of the four matches took place on clay.
In quarter-finals in Madrid, Mladenovic (23 years old, 17 WTA), number 14, defeated Sorana Cîrstea 6-4, 6-4.
Simona Halep, who was congratulated on the field by the former Spanish tennis player Manolo Santana and Ilie Năstase, will receive EUR 1,043,680 and 1,000 WTA points for success. Success was also attended by Nadia Comăneci, present in the stands, along with Ion Ţiriac, the owner of the tournament.
Halep played double at Madrid, alongside Irina Begu, stopping in the semifinals.