Tennis news - Aryna Sabalenka downs world number one Ash Barty to claim Madrid crown
There was a surprise at the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday afternoon when Ash Barty fell at the last hurdle in the final in Spain. The world number one was sent packing by Aryna Sabalenka, who needed all three sets to beat her oppnent, 6-0 3-6 6-4. It was the first set that Sabalenka dropped over the whole tournament.
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 08: Aryna Sabalenka celebrates her victory following the womens single final match between Aryna Sabalenka and Ashleigh Barty on Day Ten of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 08, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Bruns
Aryna Sabalenka was in ominous form as she overpowered world number one Ash Barty 6-0 3-6 6-4 to win the Madrid Open on Saturday.
In claiming victory, the Belarusian gained revenge after being beaten by the Australian in the Stuttgart Open final a fortnight ago.
On a windy day in Madrid, Sabalenka's first set shotmaking was nothing short of sensational as she combined her trademark big hits from the baseline with deft dropshots to leave the Australian reeling, serving it out inside 25 minutes.