In case anybody doubted it, Tennis was once more proven to be one of the sports with the most volatile dynamics. The top-ranked players of today can free-fall in an instant. The Premier Mandatory tournament in Madrid has offered a glimpse of this unique dynamic over the past few days. In the women’s draw, the first seeded players who recently had excellent results, surrendered when nobody had expected.

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Something, in particular, was noticeable: the Romanian players offered some of the greatest surprises. Perhaps motivated by their leader of the past few years, namely Simona Halep, the 5 Romanians in the main draw offered exceptional moments (except for Monica Niculescu who was defeated in the first round).

Simona Halep regained her pace

The first name on this list, and also the most renowned one, Halep, has already qualified for the quarterfinals, where she is to compete against another Romanian player, Irina-Camelia Begu.

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Halep got past her first 3 opponents rather effortlessly, after straight sets victories with each of them. Her opponents Misaki Doi, Karin Knapp and Timea Bacsinszky completely surrendered one after another.

Irina-Camelia Begu matches the result she had one year ago.

Begu (WTA No. 35) experienced a difficult path, but she managed to make it to the quarterfinals, thus matching the performance she recorded the previous year.

The Romanian player eliminated quite a few famous names in order to get there. In each of the 3 matches she played, Begu claimed her victory after 3 sets. In the first round, she defeated Eugenie Bouchard, in the second one she surpassed the hosts’ favorite Garbine Muguruza, and in the third round, she outran the young American player Christina McHale.

Sorana Cirstea makes a powerful comeback

Cirstea, age 26 and WTA No.127 prior to this tournament, is the next name on our list.

After two years fully marred by injuries and lamentable playing, the former 2013 WTA No.21 was granted a wild-card in Madrid. And it seems she deserved it. Already in the quarterfinals, Sorana got past the former WTA leader Jelena Jankovic in the first round. In the second one she defeated Danka Kovinic, and in the third one, she got past the most recent German sensation Laura Siegemund (WTA No.44).

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The unknown Patricia Maria Tig

The last player on this glorious list is a young player who’s currently WTA No 134. Although she had to compete in the qualifying stages, Maria managed to maintain her physical and mental freshness. She eliminated the young Russian player Daria Kasatkina (WTA No.32) in the first round, and in the second one she surprisingly defeated the much higher-ranked Sloane Stephens (WTA No.21).

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For a place in the quarterfinals, she bumped into Madison Keys ( 25 WTA). In just 78 minutes, Tig won the match in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

Certainly, The Romanians have lots of reasons to be proud of these Carpathian `amazons` who conquered the city of Madrid.

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