Wow, the outcome of the Mutua Madrid Open semifinals is pretty stunning! Both world No.1 Serena Williams and defending champion Maria Sharapova are out! Losing with very straightforward scores! I mean, they didn’t lose to some unknown players, both their opponents are fellow Grand Slam champions, but still, Svetlana Kuznetsova has been out of the limelight for a long time, while Petra Kvitova recorded her first victory over the practically undefeatable Williams sister.
The first to make the final was the US Open and French Open champion Kuznetsova, who defeated Sharapova for the first time in seven years. The world No.29 Russian, once ranked No.2, saved the sole break point she faced against Sharapova and recorded a surprisingly dominant 6-2 6-4 win.
The second semifinal also offered a surprise, as Petra Kvitova ended the many winning streaks of top-seeded Serena Williams and also with a straightforward score, 6-2 6-3. Serena had won 19 straight matches in Madrid, 27 consecutive matches in general and 50 at Premier Mandatory tournaments, but the Czech went for winner after winner and showed the door to the queen.
No one expected that both Sharapova and Williams would fall in these semifinals, especially not with these scorelines! As for Kvitova’s record against Kuznetsova, she leads 3-1, but that one Kuznetsova’s victory was their last meeting, at the 2014 French Open. (photos: Jimmie48)