Spanish hope Sara Sorribes Tormo posted a career-best result at the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday, ousting former World No.1 Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-1 in 1 hours and 28 minutes of play to reach the Round of 16.
Making her sixth main-draw appearance at the WTA 1000 event based in her nation’s capital, World No.47 Sorribes Tormo will take her first trip into the sweet sixteen of the event.
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In the Round of 16, Sorribes Tormo will square off against Daria Kasatkina, who also notched a big win on Sunday with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 upset of No.4 seed Maria Sakkari.
Surging Spaniard: In the biggest Hologic WTA Tour event on Spanish soil, Sorribes Tormo continued her superb performance this fortnight. Sorribes Tormo started the week with an upset of Top 20 player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Playing the event for the first time without needing a wildcard to get into the field, Sorribes Tormo wore down four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka, who came into the match with her lower left leg heavily taped.
Nevertheless, Sorribes Tormo now has an even 2-2 record against Osaka. The Spaniard had previously stunned Osaka at a Billie Jean King Cup qualifying tie in 2020, which also occurred on clay in Spain.
Sorribes Tormo is the only Spanish player remaining in the singles draw. No.2 seed Paula Badosa and No.7 seed Garbiñe Muguruza suffered upsets over the last two days.
More to come…