Iga Swiatek: World No 1 defeats Aryna Sabalenka in Mutua Madrid Open classic

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Iga Swiatek edges Aryna Sabalenka in a gripping Madrid Open final to win the title for the first time on Saturday in what was a repeat of last year’s showpiece.; you can watch over 80 tournaments a year, including the US Open, exclusively live on Sky Sports Tennis

World No 1 Iga Swiatek saved three championship points to dethrone Aryna Sabalenka in a 7-5 4-6 7-6 (9-7) classic at the Madrid Open on Saturday.

Sabalenka had won the 2023 final in three sets but it was Swiatek who triumphed this time to secure her 20th career title and deny the Belarusian a third title on the red clay of the Spanish capital.

The match was the first contest of the season between the top two in the women’s rankings and it lived up to expectations, going down as the longest encounter between the two Grand Slam champions at three hours and 11 minutes.

The world No 1 had taken the opening set before Sabalenka, looking to retain her title at Manolo Santana Stadium, regained momentum to level and then forged 3-1 ahead in the decider.

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