After Paula Badosa, also Coco Gauff: the pitfalls proposed by the WTA Madrid Open 2022 draw do not de-legitimize Simona Halep from the status of favorite. On the contrary. After the clear victory against the number two in the seeding, the Romanian player overtakes the American starlet with a double 6-4, who collects eight games (four per set) but who closes with more than a few recriminations.
Needless to say, in the second she does not take advantage of a mega-advantage of 4-2 40-0 and no longer moves the score. Waiting for her Ons Jabeur.
In the other matches, Amanda Anisimova, despite the final thrill, gets rid of Viktoria Azarenka quite easily and confirms her very good form after the successes against Aryna Sabalenka and Petra Martic. The final 6-1 6-4 was less severe than expected since the American starlet also had three consecutive match points at 6-1 5-1.
The initial 40-0 was decisive on 5-4, which effectively extinguished all the hopes of the Belarusian tennis player. She will face Ekaterina Alexandrova, who instead needs three hours and five minutes of play to beat Jelena Ostapenko despite the 6-0 in the second set.