APRIL 21 - MAY 4, 2025

Queen Aryna defends her crown

The best tennis players in the world will be showing off their skills at the Mutua Madrid Open. In a fiesta of women’s sport, the WTA tour will be stopping off at one of the most emblematic events of the year, which has become a key tournament on the clay swing for the biggest names in the locker room. The Spanish capital is etched in bold on the map thanks to its status as a WTA 1000 event, which is about to embark on one of the most enticing editions in recent years.

More than 10 Grand Slam champions are currently crowding the upper echelons of the women’s tour, guaranteeing a large cast of stars on the courts of the Caja Mágica. With 96 players now set to compete on the Madrid clay, the importance of the women’s event on the banks of the Manzanares continues to grow. The opportunity to get a close look at the talent on the WTA Tour will again be a huge gift for the fans who turn out in their droves to cheer on the tour’s biggest players year after year.

Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka arrives in the Spanish capital in the form of her life and ready to achieve something special in the Caja Mágica by equalling the record for women’s titles. The champion in two of the last three seasons has adapted her game to the altitude of Madrid like few others, making herself the player to beat on the tournament’s clay courts. The title she claimed in 2023 against Iga Swiatek, in a spectacular final between the best two players on tour, proved to be the prelude to her climb to the pinnacle of women’s tennis. Now, she is moving into the realms of the unfamiliar. Only Petra Kvitova (2011, 2015, 2018) has ever been more dominant in the Caja Mágica. Can she add to her legend?


Swiatek: a dangerous rival

With more than enough talent to stand in the way of the defending champion’s destiny, Iga Swiatek, the current world No. 1 is back on her favoured surface to grow her legacy at the helm of the tour. For the three-time French Open champion, the courts of Madrid represent a missing link in the clay swing. Her best performance in the Spanish capital came one year ago, when the Pole fell at the final hurdle, having been just three games away from mastering the altitude of Madrid, a stage that injects extra venom into her top-spin laden shots. One of the WTA’s greatest talents of the last decade is champing at the bit to leave her unmistakable mark on the Caja Mágica.

Gauff: a genuine threat

In an era of young talent, few stand out in the locker room with greater effervescence than Coco Gauff. Despite never having gone beyond the last sixteen at the Mutua Madrid Open, the American will arrive in the Spanish capital this year with a new air of authority. For the first time, Gauff will compete in the event as a Grand Slam champion, and she has more than earned her right to be among the favourites for the title. Once a runner-up at Roland Garros, the US Open champion has the explosiveness required to adapt her game to the conditions in Madrid, and to cope with a clay surface on which she has already produced some stellar moments.


A range of possibilities

There are contenders everywhere you look, and many of them are players who are ready to break the mould. Ex-champion Ons Jabeur triumphed here two years ago to earn herself a place among the global elite. Kazakh player Elena Rybakina will be bidding to stamp her authority on a field that is all too familiar with the power of her ball striking. The ever-consistent Jessica Pegula, a finalist in 2022, could once again prove to be a tough nut to crack for anyone hoping to conquer Madrid. Others such as Marketa Vondrousova, Qinwen Zheng, and Maria Sakkari, who are becoming increasingly au fait with the biggest venues on tour, may also find their breakthroughs in the capital.

However, more than any of these icons, the Caja Mágica still holds on to one particular hope in the women’s event. Crowning a Spanish player is one of the few dreams yet to come true at the Mutua Madrid Open, which is practically bursting with a desire to celebrate such a feat amid the affection of the local fans. Paula Badosa, who went further than any before her by reaching the semifinals in 2021, and Sara Sorribes, who has produced her own memorable stories on the tournament’s clay, will bear the lion’s share of that expectation in a competition that is exceptionally demanding year after year. The support of the fans, that connection between the grandstands and the court, will once again play a fundamental role in pushing these players to their limits as they make their only visit to Spain on the WTA calendar.

In an Olympic season in which the medals will be decided on clay, the Mutua Madrid Open’s place on the calendar will take on even more importance. It will be a gigantic tournament with a clear added value; that of bringing the pieces together with one eye on the not-so distant future. The doubles draws will be replete with teams with a glint in their eyes, compatriots looking for that spark as they entertain the tennis-lovers of Madrid.

And so, the Caja Mágica is opening its doors on a special year. Since its arrival on the Madrid clay in the 2009 season, kickstarting an era as one of the behemoths of the professional tour, the WTA competition has been a fundamental pillar in the consecution of global greatness. For the fifteenth season, the Mutua Madrid Open will welcome the best female players in the world to a stage where parity rules, in terms of professionalism, prizes, and spectacle, across both tours.

The countdown is nearing its end. Women’s tennis is arriving in Madrid, ready to add more chapters to its now long history. The stage has been set, consider yourself invited to enjoy the show!