At 30 years old, Nuria Párrizas played a match in the final draw of the Mutua Madrid Open for the first time. In addition, the Granada woman had to open the edition at the Manolo Santana Stadium, in a big way. And, far from cowering before the Romanian Sorana Cirstea, number 27 in the world, Párrizas displayed intelligent tennis to defeat his rival 6-4, 6-2. The Spanish tennis player showed today that she is going through a sweet moment in her career, and it is the second time that she has beaten a top-50 player.
The start of the game was chaotic. The two tennis players had never faced each other, and the uncertainty made the first round a festival of service breaks. In the first three games, three breaks. Párrizas was the first to hold a serve, and another immediate break put the Granada 4-1 up. Cirstea, who in 11 appearances in Madrid has two quarter-finals as his best record (2016 and 2017), reacted until equalizing the heat. But Párrizas recovered the right down the line with which he had done so much damage at the beginning to sign up the first set. Of the six games that the Granada woman won, only two were with her serve (the Romanian only kept one serve).
This bleeding of breaks was cut in the first stretch of the second set, at least in all four games. Nuria was able to contain Cirstea’s attacks, especially aggressive with the rest. The net was the Romanian’s main enemy throughout the match, while Párrizas did find the winners when he needed them most. The Spanish serve was more solid in the second set, and two breaks in favor in a row decided the match. A dream debut for Granada on the main court of the Caja Mágica, and she is already waiting for the winner of Ostapenko-Alexandrova in the second round of the tournament. At 30 years old, Párrizas has made an obvious leap in quality, and that is that, with today’s, He already has nine wins in main draws in 2022, while last year he only got five.
Results of the Mutua Madrid Open WTA