The main draw action at the 2022 Madrid Open is about to begin on April 28, as the qualifying rounds are already underway. The season’s first WTA 1000 tournament on clay always presents a challenge because of its altitude.
Simona Halep, twice a champion and runner-up at Caja Majica, returns to action after being sidelined due to an injury in the last few weeks. During this time, she has also teamed up with Patrick Mouratoglou, the former coach of Serena Williams. All eyes will be on them to see how the collaboration pans out.
Petra Kvitova holds the record for most titles at the Madrid Open with three trophies, but the Czech has been far from her best this year. Belinda Bencic kicked off her claycourt season by winning the Charleston Open a couple of weeks ago. The Swiss will be eager to continue her winning ways in the Spanish capital as well.
Danielle Collins has played some good tennis this year, but frequent injuries have prevented her from gaining a semblance of momentum. The American returns to action after yet another injury layoff. Emma Raducanu is still a novice on clay, but the teenager has shown plenty of promise in her few matches on the surface so far.
Given her recent dominance, World No. 1 Iga Swiatek is obviously the overwhelming favorite for the title. But there are a few other players who have been waiting in the wings di lei to upstage her and have their moment di lei under the sun. So here’s a look at the players who could win the Madrid Open.
# 5) Simona Halep
She made her debut at the Madrid Open last year. After defeating Alison Riske and Laura Siegemund, she lost to World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in straight sets in the third round.