Former Mutua Madrid Open champions Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep are among the star-studded field battling for the 2017 WTA Madrid title at the Caja Magica from 6-13 May.
Mutua Madrid Open 2017 Tournament Schedule
Who is playing the Mutua Madrid Open in 2017?
The third Premier Mandatory WTA Tour event of the season is a huge prize in itself, as well as being a key battleground in the run-up to the French Open, so it’s no surprise that once more the best of the WTA will be back at the Caja Magica for the Mutua Madrid Open when the 2017 edition begins on Saturday 6 May.
Only two women in the Mutua Madrid Open’s eight-year history have won multiple titles and with Petra Kvitova still recovering from being attacked with a knife at her home in December, that leaves Serena Williams as the only multiple champion in the 2017 field. We haven’t seen much of Williams since she won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, and her failure to play Indian Wells and Miami due to a knee injury meant that she has relinquished the world no. 1 ranking to Angelique Kerber, but with the French Open to prepare for, Williams will be looking to make her first final in Madrid since 2013.
Williams is joined by two more former Mutua Madrid Open champions. Simona Halep returns to defend her title as the former French Open runner-up, who traditionally plays some of her best tennis on the clay, looks to shine in Madrid once again; and Maria Sharapova, who beat Halep in the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open final, is in the field too, with the help of a wildcard, as she tries to rebuild her career after her doping ban.
Current world no. 1 Angelique Kerber is also in the draw for the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open as the German left-hander tries to improve her dismal record in Madrid – she has lost in the first round for the past three straight years – as is world no. 3 Karolina Pliskova and the defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, who is sure to have the passionate support of the home fans.
Former runners-up Dominika Cibulkova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Caroline Wozniacki – three times a finalist already in 2017 - are all in the field for the latest Mutua Madrid Open, as are the tennis ‘ninja’ Agnieszka Radwanska, former French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova and Miami Open champion Johanna Konta for the third Premier Mandatory event of the year when it begins on Saturday 6 April.
Mutua Madrid Open 2017 seeds
Check back here for a full list of seeds when the draw for WTA Madrid 2017 is released.
About the Mutua Madrid Open
Together with the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, the Miami Open, the China Open in Beijing and the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore, the Premier Mandatory-level Mutua Madrid Open is one of the five biggest tournaments on the WTA Tour outside the four Grand Slams – and as the only one played on clay, it occupies a unique position in the lead-up to the French Open.
Madrid has a long association with top-level women’s tennis, having held a clay-court event the week before the French Open from 1996 to 2003 and hosting the year-end championships in 2006 and 2007. It also held the Madrid Masters for the men on indoor hard courts in the autumn between 2002 and 2008.
It was in 2009 that the Mutua Madrid Open, under the direction of Manolo Santana and Ion Tiriac, took on its present form, as the biggest combined ATP and WTA event of the clay-court season. The iconic Caja Magica – or ‘Magic Box’ – venue was unveiled with its three show courts featuring retractable roofs, and Dinara Safina won the inaugural edition of the tournament, beating Caroline Wozniacki in the final.
Since its inaugural year, the Mutua Madrid Open has continued to attract the top stars of women’s tennis, although that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been room for the unexpected – like the dazzling run of Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai in 2010, who beat Venus Williams in the final to claim the title. Serena Williams became the first woman to win multiple titles in Madrid when she won the Premier Mandatory-level event in 2012 and 2013, beating Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova respectively; and also the first woman to win the Madrid Open and the French Open in the same year in 2013, with Sharapova following suit in 2014.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the second women to win multiple Madrid titles when she stormed her way to the crown in 2015, having first won in 2011, and 2014 French Open runner-up Simona Halep beat Dominika Cibulkova to win her first Madrid title in 2016.
With 64 players in the singles draw and no first-round byes for seeds, there is plenty of room for the unexpected to develop and clashes between top seeds and dangerous floaters are guaranteed from the very earliest days of the women’s draw at the Caja Magica – and with prize money, ranking points and prestige and confidence ahead of the French Open on the line, the battles are fierce as the first big event of the clay-court season takes place in Madrid.
2017 Mutua Madrid Open tournament information
|Dates||6-14 May 2017|
|Surface||Red clay (outdoors)|
|Category||ATP Masters 1000/WTA Premier Mandatory|
|First played||2009 (in present form)|
|Draw size (men)||48 singles/16 doubles|
|Draw size (women)||64 singles/28 doubles|
|Prize money (men)||€5,719,660|
|Prize money (women)||€4,771,360|
|Most titles (men)||Rafael Nadal (4)|
|Most titles (women)||Serena Williams/Petra Kvitova (2 each)|
|Reigning men's singles champion||Novak Djokovic|
|Current men's doubles champions||Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau|
|Reigning women's singles champion||Simona Halep|
|Current women's doubles champions||Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic|
Previous Mutua Madrid Open champions (since 1968)
|2009||Dinara Safina||Caroline Wozniacki|
|2010||Aravane Rezai||Venus Williams|
|2011||Petra Kvitova||Victoria Azarenka|
|2012||Serena Williams||Victoria Azarenka|
|2013||Serena Williams (2)||Maria Sharapova|
|2014||Maria Sharapova||Simona Halep|
|2015||Petra Kvitova (2)||Svetlana Kuznetsova|
|2016||Simona Halep||Dominika Cibulkova|
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