Madrid Gallery: Qualies & More
Friday was a busy day for the stars of the WTA at the Mutua Madrid Open, with some doing their pre-tournament press and some battling it out on the qualifying courts. See the best pics now!
Published May 03, 2013 12:00
Li Na in press. Li has reached the quarterfinals or better in Madrid the last three years running.
Li has been one of the WTA's biggest stars the last few years, hence her many off-court appearances.
Maria Sharapova at press. Sharapova has a chance at taking No.1 from Serena Williams this week.
Garbiñe Muguruza played and won her first qualifying match on Friday, beating Jamie Hampton, 63 63.
At No.86, Muguruza is one of six Spaniards in the Top 100. Their No.1 is No.23 Carla Suárez Navarro.
María-Teresa Torró-Flor, another one of Spain's Top 100 players, defeated Monica Niculescu, 61 75.
Andrea Petkovic was also in action but wasn't as fortunate, falling to Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 63 75.
Yulia Putintseva pulled off a 61 36 75 stunner over Lucie Hradecka, a semifinalist here last year.
Also among Li's off-court appearances at the Mutua Madrid Open on Friday was a Tennis Channel shoot.
Li is in the same quarter of the draw as both Williams sisters and Caroline Wozniacki this week.