withstood an impressive charge from Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, one of the most consistent forces in 2017, to pull off a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 comeback victory over the No.17 seed to reach the second round at the Mutua Madrid Open.
The 2014 champion was playing just her second tournament of the season, and was made to fight from the start against Lucic-Baroni, an Australian Open semifinalist and Miami Open quarterfinalist in what has been her year on tour.
“I'm not quite sure how to describe the match because it feels like it happened so fast,” she said after the match. “I thought she played really well. I was playing against, like, a human slingshot for a while there. Balls were coming so fast and deep that, for a couple of sets, I don't believe we had too many rallies over three balls.