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Mutua Madrid Open: Caroline Wozniacki wins opener, Sharapova struggles but wins and Pennetta upset

I have been trying for hours to write something interesting to write about the Mutua Madrid Open tournament but I just can’t seem to find the right words.  I suppose I could write about the Estoril Open but that’s my colleague  Luís Santos’ department. He does a great job by the way of covering the event. Who would have expected Anabel Medina Garrigues to win and be on par with the great Venus Williams when it comes to holding the most titles on clay. I sure as hell did not.

With the Mutua Madrid Open starting, tennis is back on the international stage with a Premier event. All the top players you missed are going to attend and so is my photographer Ralf Reinecke, who will shoot the photos of all the stars and more. Last year Ralf managed to get me photos of players of  Real Madrid. We had pics of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos and many others. Not sure if that is going to happen this year though. With the second leg match versus FC Barcelona for a spot in the prestigious Champions League finale at stake, match preparations are in full gear. The match will take place in Barcelona so I am not sure if the players of Real Madrid be able to watch a match or two from the stands. Has anyone seen the first match and its’ aftermath? Real Madrid fight harder off the pitch than they do on the pitch with complaints of schwalbes and videos to support their claims and whatever else. They should have included the two goals scored by prodigy Lionel Messi. Because that’s the harsh reality. They are going to play versus FC Barcelona for a spot in the prestigious Champions League 2011 finale trailing 2-0.  They should recruit Tom Cruise and his Mission: Impossible crew for that because there is no way they will be able to turn that into a win.  Ofcourse for football betters, I would call this a serious challenge. More so than  tennis betting on who will defeat Rafael Nadal on clay this year.

But I digress. TennisGrandstand is still a site about tennis and not about football.

I am sure all of you have viewed and reviewed and analyzed the Mutua Madrilena Open draw and it holds no surprises but some exciting match ups in the first round.  Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova are already through to the next round.

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Japanese Ayumi Morita in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Maria Sharapova had to put in more effort to reach the next round beating Dutch talent Arantxa Rus 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

In other results Daniela Hantuchova beat tour veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-3, 6-3 while last year’s French Open winner Francesca Schiavone was made to work versus Shuai Peng 7-5, 7-6 to reach the next.  The biggest upset so far is the match between Arantxa (what’s in a name) Parra Santonja ousted former top 10 player Flavia Pennetta in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.

Keep an eye  out for photos from Madrid this whole week. Pictures are taken by rollin’ Ralf Reinecke!

Oh and for you Real Madrid fans there is a surprise for you at the end of this post.

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