May 11, 2021
Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty to win the Madrid Open for the first time on Saturday. Sabalenka was beaten by Barty in the final in Stuttgart last month, but exacted revenge at the Caja Magica, a storming 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 victory clinching the biggest title of her career. The 23-year-old has never gone past the fourth round at a Grand Slam but on this evidence she will be among the contenders at the French Open, which starts in Paris later this month. This was Sabalenka’s 10th career title, but her first on clay and it will see her rise to number four in the world rankings.