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Sabalenka captures Madrid title in thriller over Barty – WTA Tennis

Fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka halted top seed Ashleigh Barty’s red clay winning streak to capture her first claycourt title at the Mutua Madrid Open in three sets.

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No.5 seed Aryna Sabalenka delivered ferocity and fighting spirit to defeat No.1 seed Ashleigh Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 in the Mutua Madrid Open final, reversing two previous losses this year and collecting her first WTA claycourt title.
“I’m not really scared of this surface any more,” Sabalenka declared afterwards. “Before I was too much thinking about the clay court, that this is surface not for me, that it’s really tough to play on this surface, it’s long rallies. I was really too much thinking about…

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