Sabalenka defeats No 1 Barty to win Madrid Open

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Aryna Sabalenka is glad she changed her mind about playing at the Madrid Open. Two weeks after nearly withdrawing from the tournament because of a muscle...
MADRID (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka is glad she changed her mind about playing at the Madrid Open.

Two weeks after nearly withdrawing from the tournament because of a muscle injury, Sabalenka was standing on center court with the winner's trophy in her hands on Saturday.

Sabalenka defeated top-ranked Ash Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 for her 10th WTA title — and first on clay.

The victory, coming two weeks after she was hurt in a loss to Barty in the Stuttgart final, will move the Belarus player to No. 4 in the world next week.

"To be honest, after the final in Stuttgart I was injured, I couldn't even move, I really wanted to withdraw from here," she said. "And I don't know how, but my team ... the recovery was really good. In four days they made me feel much better. Somehow I'm here standing as the champion of this tournament."

Sabalenka injured an adductor muscle in the three-set loss in Germany to Barty, who had won all of her three…
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