Aryna sabalenka stages epic comeback to secure madrid open final berth.

Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka displayed remarkable resilience as she staged a stunning comeback from a set and a break down against Elena Rybakina, clinching a thrilling victory of 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) to advance to the Madrid Open final on Thursday.

The Belarusian second seed’s triumph sets up a highly anticipated final showdown with world number one Iga Swiatek, in a rematch of last year’s final.

Earlier, Swiatek showcased her dominance with a commanding 6-1, 6-3 victory over American Madison Keys, securing her spot in her 11th WTA 1000 final.

In the men’s draw, third seed Daniil Medvedev retired injured from his quarter-final clash with Jiri Lehecka, marking a disappointing end to the match.

Rybakina initially asserted her dominance over Sabalenka, claiming the first set with two breaks. However, Sabalenka’s relentless pressure on Rybakina’s serve led to a captivating second set turnaround, eventually forcing a decider.

In a tense third set, both players exchanged holds with just one break point reached, before Sabalenka secured a crucial 6-5 advantage and eventually triumphed in the tie-break, sealing her victory with her trademark powerful serve.

Reflecting on her remarkable comeback, Sabalenka expressed her gratitude for staying alive in the match, acknowledging Rybakina’s formidable performance.

With a chance to claim her third Madrid Open title, Sabalenka now looks ahead to a highly anticipated final clash against Swiatek, who demonstrated impeccable form in her semifinal victory over Keys.

As Sabalenka and Swiatek prepare to renew their rivalry on the Madrid clay, tennis fans eagerly await what promises to be a captivating finale to the prestigious tournament.