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- Top Seeds: Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina
- Defending Champion: Simona Halep
- British interest: Johanna Konta
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MADRID, SPAIN – Simona Halep returns to defend her title, and made no bones about the fact she was looking forward to return to the real clay.
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Draw & Results
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 Simona Halep
There were high hopes for the World No. 1 when she took to the courts in Stuttgart – after all she has gone deep there before but in recent years the slick indoor clay has got into her head, leaving her longing for the heavier clay of Madrid.
Not that things will be easier in the altitude and indeed it is probably not until Rome where we start to see conditions a lot more similar to those the players will face in Paris.
Halep’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
- R1: Ekaterina Makarova (Halep leads H2H 4-2)
- R2: Elise Mertens (First meeting)
- R3: Madison Keys  (Halep leads H2H 5-1)
- QF: Karolina Pliskova  (Halep leads H2H 6-1)
- SF: Garbiñe Muguruza,  (Muguruza leads H2H 3-1)
- F: Carolina Wozniacki  (Wozniacki leads H2H 5-2)
Clay, certainly in recent years, would not describe herself as a clay courter, although she has been able to turn the altitude in Madrid to ger advantage to have reache the final on her debut in 2009, and most recently the quarter-final in 2015. These are probably her only claims to fame though and although she owns an impressive head to head over defending champion Halep, is she likely to be there at the end?
Wozniacki’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
- R1: Daria Gavrilova (Wozniacki leads H2H 1-0)
- R2: Ashleigh Barty (Wozniacki leads H2H 1-0)
- R3: Anastasija Sevastova  (Wozniacki leads H2H 4-0)
- QF: Jelena Ostapenko  (Ostapenko leads H2H 4-0)
- SF: Elina Svitolina  (Svitolina leads H2H 3-1)
- F: Simona Halep  (Wozniacki leads H2H 5-2)
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 Garbiñe Muguruza
The former Roland Garros champion often calls the clay her ‘mother surface’ but strangely it has never really come together in Madrid. The altitude does make the ball fly, and maybe that has been the issue for her as she has never got past the second round.
Muguruza’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
- R1: Peng Shuai (Muguruza leads H2H 1-0)
- R2: Donna Vekic (Vekic leads H2H 1-0)
- R3: Daria Kasatkina  (Muguruza leads H2H 2-1)
- QF: Venus Williams  (Williams leads H2H 4-2)
- SF: Simona Halep  (Muguruza leads H2H 3-1)
- F: Caroline Wozniacki  (H2H tied 3-3)
 Elina Svitolina
Another player looking to turn around her fortunes on the quicker clay in Madrid is Svitolina. She also has never been beyond the second round, and comes into Madrid with a quarter-final in Stuttgart behind her.
Svitolina has closest head to heads with most on her path to the final, and given that she won the Rome title, and made it to the semi-final of Roland Garros last year, she is one to watch.
Svitolina’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
- R1: Alizé Cornet (H2H tied 2-2)
- R2: Carla Suárez Navarro (H2H tied 3-3)
- R3: Magdalena Rybarikova  (H2H tied 1-1)
- QF: Caroline Garcia  (Garcia leads H2H 3-1)
- SF: Caroline Wozniacki  (Svitolina leads H2H 3-1)
- F: Simona Halep  (H2H tied 3-3)
The WTA Mutua Madrid Open takes place between 6-13 May – (BST +1 hour).
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