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Madrid Open 2014: Day one review

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Kanepi falls at the first hurdle. (©GettyImages)
Kanepi falls at the first hurdle. (©GettyImages).

Saturday saw the women’s singles draw get underway in Day One of the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open.

23-year-old Alison Riske recovered from losing the opener to upset Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-7 (7) 6-1 6-2.

The World No. 23 is yet to progress beyond the third-round of any competition she has played in 2014.

American Christina McHale, a late entrant to the event, was too strong for her countrywoman Lauren Davis as she progressed to the second round with a 7-6 (2) 6-3 victory.

10th-seed Sara Errani also advanced with relative ease by knocking out German Andrea Petkovic 7-5 6-1 while Garbine Muguruza downed wildcard Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-7 (4) 6-3 7-6 (2).

22-year-old wildcard Lara Arruabarrena tasted victory in her home country with a convincing 6-3 6-4 win over Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova.

Bojana Jovanovski stormed into the second round with a commanding 6-1 6-1 demolition of German Karin Knapp.

The 22-year-old Serbian is looking for the fourth WTA singles title of her career. 20-year-old Annika Beck succumbed to Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 7-5. The 25-year-old enters the Madrid Open searching for her first title of 2014.

American duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears advanced to the last-eight stage of the women’s doubles event with a comfortable 6-2 7-5 win over Darija Jurak and Megan Moulton-Levy.

Sunday’s schedule will see a number of big-name players in the women’s draw take to the court including back-to-back champion Serena Williams.

The top-seed will begin her defence of the Madrid Open crown when she faces 17-year-old qualifier Belinda Bencic at the Manolo Santana Centre Stadium.

Maria Sharapova will meet Klara Koukalova in their first-round clash on Sunday. The Russian will feel confident going into the tie having won five of the six meetings with her opponent.

World No. 12 Ana Ivanovic is set to take on American Madison Keys in what should be a tightly contested first-time encounter.

Tommy Robredo will play Roberto Bautista in the opening round of tournament. The veteran Spaniard enters the Madrid tournament in preparation for his 12th appearance on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

As the top-eight seeds of the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Tomas Berydch, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic all receive a bye into the second round.

A host of stars have withdrawn from this year’s Madrid Open due to injury including Venus Williams, Gael Monfils and Vasek Pospisil.

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