Mutua Madrid Open: preview
The draw is out! Lucie Safarova will face her good friend Barbora Strycova (#WTA 18) in the first round of Madrid Open. It is difficult to predict the result as the Head to Head is 2-2 and they usually play long 3 set fights against each other.
Lucie won the only match they played on clay, in 2 straight sets (Bastad 2010) and has always had good results on that surface. But Bara also appeared to be in good form in Prague where she reached the semifinals. If Lucie wins, she will either meet Christina Mchale or Lara Arruabarrena in R2, and potentially Karolina Pliskova in R3 (see below).
Safarova will also play doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. They drew a bye for the first round and will meet in R2 the winners of the match Larsson/Bertens v Kuznetsova/Mladevonic.