The Wild Cards in the female draw
he ex-world number one Venus Williams as well as Spain’s Carla Suárez, Silvia Soler, Lara Arruabarrena and Garbiñe Muguruza have all been invited to take part in the final draw of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Venus Williams, the runner-up in the 2010 edition of the Mutua Madrid Open, has been given the opportunity to return to the Caja Mágica courts this year after receiving a Wild Card invitation. Along with the American star two players with plenty of experience despite their young ages, Carla Suárez and Silvia Soler, have also received Wild Cards to the take part in the female draw of the competition, as well as two of Spain’s biggest hopes for the future, Lara Arruabarrena and Garbiñe Muruguza.
Venus Williams has been one of the best players during the past few years. She has seven Grand Slams titles to her name, with five of them coming in Wimbledon. However, Venus doesn’t only shine on grass, and although clay is perhaps not her strongest surface, she did reach the Madrid singles final in 2010, where she was beaten by Aravane Rezai, and won the doubles event of the same year partnered by her sister Serena. The ex-world number one will be hoping to have a happy return to the Spanish capital after overcoming her problems with injury.
In recent years the Canary Island native, Carla Suárez, has been one of Spain’s most talked about players. She impressed in 2007 by reaching the quarterfinals of Roland Garros in her first ever outing at the event. She got to the same stage of the Australian Open a few months later, but she has been hampered by injury ever since which has impeded her progress, although she did manage to reach the final of Marbella in both 2009 and 2010. She missed last year’s Mutua Madrid Open due to injury.
Silvia Soler also had to sit out last year’s edition of the Mutua Madrid Open. In 2011 the 24 year old enjoyed her best ever year, breaking into the top 100 players in the WTA ranking, and she has continued to progress this year and now sits in the number 65 position. She captained Spain in the Federations Cup against Slovakia and is now preparing for another challenge in Madrid.
Lara Arruabarrena is one of Spain’s great hopes for the future, but she is tasting success already. The 20 year old picked up her first WTA title a few months ago in Bogota, and continues to refine her clay game. The blue courts in Madrid will be a new challenge to measure the Basque player’s potential.
Similar to Lara Arruabarrena, 2012 has also been Garbiñe Muguruza’s break through year on the female circuit. The 18 year old, who was born in Venezuela, took full advantage of the Wild Card invitation she received for the Miami tournament. There she beat Vera Zvonareva on her way to the final 16, where she was eventually defeated by the world number four Agnieszka Radwanska.