Ashleigh Barty set to face rising star Aryna Sabalenka in Madrid Open final

Ashleigh Barty clapping

Aryna Sabalenka set up a rematch with top seed Ashleigh Barty after surging into the final of the Mutua Madrid Open.

The Belarusian, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament, beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 to book her place in her third tour final of the year.

Two weeks ago Sabalenka lost to Barty in the Stuttgart final and has a chance of immediate revenge after Barty beat Paula Badosa 6-4, 6-3 in the other semi-final.

Revenge was key for Barty who was playing the only opponent who has beaten her since she returned to the tour following the first coronavirus surge in February.

Barty was a different proposition to the player beaten by Badosa in Charleston and dominated the match by hitting 30 winners to 23 unforced errors.

Barty told “You have to learn from every game, every match you play against an opponent. I definitely learnt a lot from the match we played in Charleston. There was a small adjustment.”

At the Saint-Malo Open, there were wins for Harmony Tan, Viktorija Golubic, Varvara Gracheva and Jasmine Paolini.

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