Ashleigh Barty reaches consecutive Clay finals after her semi-final victory over Paula Badosa at the Madrid Open.
The World No. 1 and the top seed at Madrid Open, Barty looked favourite to win the clash against the World No. 62 Paula Badosa who surprised everyone with her brave run in the Spanish capital. Barty won the tie 6-4 6-3 in 1hour and 15mins to progress into her 2nd final in 2 weeks on Clay, a perfect preparation for the upcoming Grand Slam at the Rolland Garros.
With this victory, Barty extends her unbeaten run on the red Clay to 16 games starting from the French Open 2019 followed by the recently concluded Stuttgart Open 2021 where Barty beat Aryna Sabalenka in the finals to claim her 3rd title of 2021. Barty had lost out to Badosa at Charleston which is played on Green clay which is the only loss on Clay for Barty this year.
Ashleigh Barty in her 4th final of 2021 following semi-final victory at Madrid Open 2021
This is already the best run at Madrid for the Australian who had not gone past the quarter-finals in her previous attempts and will be looking to make this run memorable by clinching the title and make it her 4th title of the year and maintain 100% final record in 2021.