The world’s number one Ash Bertie advanced to the final with a 6-4 6-3 victory over wildcard Paula Badosa, the first Spanish woman to reach the semi-finals in Madrid. She will face Arina Sabalenka for the second year in a row. In the evening match, a trophy match was played after the Belarusians passed Russia’s Anastasia Pavlychenkova 6-2 6-3.
I just stay positive and enjoy my life. But I’m always like this, always smiling and always having fun. Sometimes I have bad days. But when I’m here in Madrid, doing my best and seeing the fans watching, there’s nothing to worry about or sad about. Aryna Sabalenka
It took only 75 minutes for a friendly Australian to take revenge. Since February, she has suffered the only defeat in the hands of a tricky Spaniard, but it has never been so easy.
“I know it was a big tournament for her, she played an extraordinary level of tennis,” Bertie said. “She was able to control the court with her forehand and it worked especially well.
“I think it was a challenge today. I was trying to neutralize it as much as possible.”
Badsa matched Bertie and toes early on, but despite saving two set points, her resistance collapsed while serving 5-4 down when giving the opener a double fault. ..
It led the 25-year-old Australian, who soon took a break in the second early stage, winning four games in a row and taking control of the game.
The 2019 French Open Champion continued to screw with the trademark ace, improving the season’s match record to 25-3, highlighting her dominance on the WTA Tour.
With Bertie winning 16 times in a row with red clay and losing to Charleston’s Badsa once, she is only one match away from her fourth title this year.
“We need to learn from every game, every match we play against our opponents,” Bertie said. “I definitely learned a lot from the games I played at Charleston.
“There was a small tweak. I think I’ll just learn from some of her patterns and trends that came out and emerged in that match at Charleston.
“I think I was able to control the court a little better.
“I was able to take care of the service game a little and put pressure on the return game.
“That’s a lot of it: you don’t always get points, but you build pressure. Scoreboard pressure can be a big issue. That was my focus today.”
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World No. 62 Badsa, who is guaranteed to break the Top 50 for the first time next week, will play high at a tight first set, anticipate Bertie’s pattern and patiently hold her backhand through the first nine games I attacked.
Helping to stay on the set, a brilliant Bertilob and a handful of loose Bud Saforehands opened the door, but the Spaniards bravely fought to stop Australia’s momentum at the beginning of the second.
However, after an early break exchange, another non-timely double fault raised Bertie to 3-1 and the world’s No. 1 survived three breakback points in the next game, while she was four. Integrated with -1 and held in an exquisite drop-shot.
“It was important for me to take the second earliest break, put my nose in front and force her to come up with something that could really, really, really return to a higher level. Match. “Berty said.
The battle turned out to be crucial as Bertie allowed two more points on the serve to seal her place in the first Madrid final with fifth-seeded Sabalenka.
“I’m very excited to be in the finals,” Bertie told the crowd after silencing support for Barcelona’s wildcards. “Pola had a great week. She’s a great fighter and playing her at home here is something I always remember.
“I’ll do my best [to win the title].. I’m looking forward to another match with a quality opponent.
“Physically, I’ll be as prepared as I can, come here and have fun again.”
The victory set a repeat for the Stuttgart final, which Bertie won earlier this month, but she wasn’t keen on seeing the second semi and finding out who her opponent was. .. It’s still Spanish time.
“I’m Australian and I sleep early and get up early so I don’t think I’ll see it.”
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In the late-night match, Sabalenka took just over an hour to defeat Pabruchenkova as the Belarusians improved their 2021 win / loss record to 23-6.
Madrid’s decision on Saturday will be a rematch of last month’s Stuttgart final when Bertie roared to win 3-6 6-0 6-3.
Sabalenka hadn’t dropped the set to Madrid yet and was arrogant as he faced a tired Pabruchenkova who overtook four top 25 opponents to reach the semifinals on Thursday.
However, the Russian defeated Sabalenka in 2019 on his only previous encounter on a hard court in Toronto, trying to harness her considerable problem-solving skills against Belarus’ big serve, forehand, and various spins. ..
“I think my game has improved significantly on the clay court,” Sabalenka told the press after achieving a superficial 9-1 win-loss record this season. “Sure, it gave me some confidence, but I still have a lot to work on. I’m really happy with my level here in Madrid.”
Sabalenka took 63 minutes to defeat the six Grand Slam quarter-finals in a draw by Madrid, who has played only 18 games so far.
“From the side, I think everything seems to be going well,” Sabalenka said. “Some games didn’t feel my serve. In some games something wasn’t working.
“It’s always part of the process, but from the side, I’m really happy that everything seems to be going well.”
Sabalenka earned 73% of his second service points, converted four of his five breakpoints, fired 21 winners into just 11 forced errors, and finished the World No 41 run, which had only eight each. I was allowed to.
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The Belarusians, who made their mark in the third final of the year, will face Stuttgart’s pioneers.
“Physically I need to be ready for this match,” Sabalenka said looking forward to Bertie. “She is No. 1. She is wonderful.
“I played her in Stuttgart. It’s not an easy game. I’ll do my best to prepare as much as I can. I’m looking forward to this fight.”
Sabalenka quickly felt her presence by crushing a series of returns, winning an exciting service break and leading 3-1.
Powerplay continued unabated when Sabalenka struck the rest of the opening set and slammed a series of ferocious forehands as he defeated Pabruchenkova again in the final game to gain one set of advantages. ..
Sabalenka cruising in the early part of the second time, collecting two more service breaks to reach 4-0, and finally Pabruchenkova got the first break point, but the Belarusians got out of trouble again, 5- I held it at 0 and put it. Oneself on the brink of another final.
However, Pabruchenkova made a last stand and turned the second set into a more competitive one. He blasted the road to Love Break, cutting the lead to 5-2 and putting pressure on Sabalenka 5-3.
Using two consecutive blister backhands to set the first match point, the No. 5 seed fired the fourth ace of the match, emphasizing the victory.
“I just stay positive and enjoy my life,” Sabalenka said. “But I was always like this. I’m always smiling and always having fun.
“Sometimes I have bad days. But when I’m here in Madrid, I’m doing my best and I see the fans watching, there’s nothing to worry about or sad about.
“I’m definitely a happy person this week. Hopefully I’ll continue like this.”
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