WTA Madrid: Errani trionfa in modo incredibile contro Wozniacki!

[Sara Errani beats Caroline Wozniacki in a thrilling match at the Mutua Madrid Open 2024]

Sara Errani secured a fantastic victory in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open 2024. The Italian player defeated former world number one Caroline Wozniacki for the second time in her career with a score of 3-6 7-5 7-5 in two hours and fifty-one minutes of play. The impressive performance by the Bolognese tennis player could be a turning point in her season, as the emotions and satisfaction displayed by Sara at the end of the match confirmed. After enduring tough matches in the qualifiers, Errani once again came from behind to earn a well-deserved spot in the second round against Beatriz Haddad Maia. Let’s take a closer look at the match.

First set: Sara struggles on serve, Wozniacki takes control and closes it out

Errani faced serving challenges from the start, managing to hold off in the first game of the match, but dropping the next two service games. Wozniacki quickly found herself leading 4-1 and maintained control of the set. Despite closing the gap to 2-4 with a few errors from Wozniacki, the double break proved too much to overcome. Wozniacki clinched the first set 6-3.

Second set: Errani fights back, battles, and forces the match into a decider

In the second set, Errani reacted by becoming more aggressive, trying to disrupt Wozniacki’s rhythm by varying her shots. Points lengthened and Wozniacki’s errors became more frequent. The three missed break opportunities at 1-1 frustrated the Italian, but she stayed in the match. Sara fought, defended, and executed short touch shots effectively. The intensity of the match increased, and points became more closely contested. After saving a set point at 5-3, Errani showcased excellent return play, earning three consecutive break points. This time, she capitalized and took the lead at 5-4 with a backhand winner down the line. Sara served to push the match into a third set, had three set points, but Wozniacki upped her aggression. The Dane won four straight points to level the score at 5-5. However, Errani found her groove in the return game once again, breaking Wozniacki’s serve to go up 6-5. Sara seized another opportunity to force a third set and succeeded, winning 7-5.

Third set: Wozniacki, trapped in Errani’s game, struggles to find consistency. Sara wins with grit and heart

Wozniacki started the third set a bit flat on her serve, and Errani took advantage with an immediate break for a 1-0 lead. The Dane seemed to struggle to find solutions, even giving Errani a break point for a double break, but gradually regained her composure. Displaying aggression in her returns, Wozniacki fought back to even the score at 2-2. However, Wozniacki failed to maintain consistency, committing errors and trying to escape Errani’s game plan too quickly, once again surrendering a break. Both players’ serves faltered at this point, leading to a series of breaks. Errani served for the match at 5-4 but missed the opportunity. With a second chance at 6-5, an unforced error from Wozniacki handed Errani her second career victory against the former world number one.