MX23RW : Wednesday, June 23 22:33:58| >> :600:3981053:3981053:

Result: Aryna Sabalenka beats Ashleigh Barty to win Madrid Open title

Result: Aryna Sabalenka beats Ashleigh Barty to win Madrid Open title
© Reuters
The Belarusian powered her way to a 10th WTA title.

Aryna Sabalenka turned the tables on Ashleigh Barty to win the Madrid Open title.

Two weeks ago, Barty came from a set down to defeat Sabalenka in the final of the WTA event in Stuttgart, and it looked as if history would repeat itself when the world number one assumed the momentum going into the deciding set here.

But Sabalenka, one of the biggest hitters on tour, powered her way through the final three games for a 6-0 3-6 6-4 triumph and a 10th career title.

Barty had not lost a match on red clay for nearly two years since before she won her maiden grand slam title at Roland Garros in 2019.

She had no answer to the power of her 23-year-old Belarusian opponent in the first set here, though, as Sabalenka produced the shots that have seen her tipped as a future slam champion for several years.

Sabalenka appears closer to that than ever now and she will hit a new career-high ranking of four on Monday.

Just as impressive as her first-set dominance was the way she recomposed herself after her level dropped in the second set, refusing to let Barty engineer her way to another title.

ID:446622: cacheID:446622:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:2860:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Euro 2020 banner Instagram AMP

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Todays Game Header Right

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!