Sabalenka Defeats Andreeva, Reaches Madrid Semifinals

Sabalenka Defeats Andreeva, Reaches Madrid Semifinals

Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka has advanced to the semifinals of the 2024 Mutua Madrid Open, defeating rising star Mirra Andreeva in a rematch of their 2023 fourth-round clash.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, overcame a spirited challenge from the 17-year-old Andreeva, winning 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and 19 minutes. The victory marks Sabalenka's third consecutive win in Madrid, where she is seeking her second title.

The first set was a dominant display from Sabalenka, who showcased her power and precision. She hit 17 winners to Andreeva's five, breaking the teenager's serve twice to take the set with ease.

The second set was more competitive, with Andreeva fighting back from a break down to level at 4-4. However, Sabalenka's experience and resilience proved too much for the young Russian. She broke Andreeva's serve again in the ninth game and served out the match to secure her place in the semifinals.

Sabalenka's victory was built on her aggressive play and consistent serving. She struck 35 winners to just 13 unforced errors and did not face a single break point throughout the match.

In the semifinals, Sabalenka will face No. 4 seed Elena Rybakina, who saved two match points to defeat Yulia Putintseva earlier on Wednesday. The match promises to be a thrilling encounter between two of the most in-form players on the WTA Tour.

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