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Madrid Open 2024: Elena Rybakina vs Aryna Sabalenka preview, head-to-head, prediction, live streaming details

Published at :May 2, 2024 at 3:52 PM
Modified at :May 2, 2024 at 3:52 PM
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Shashank Tripathi


Aryna Sabalenka has won the Madrid Open twice.

A mouthwatering clash awaits in the semi-final of the women’s singles at the Madrid Open 2024, as Aryna Sabalenka will face Elena Rybakina for a spot in the final. Sabalenka is the defending champion at the WTA 1000 event, while Rybakina is keen to win her first title in the Spanish capital.

Sabalenka broke Danielle Collins’ 15-match unbeaten streak in the Round of 16 and then eliminated 17-year-old Mirra Andreeva, who was enjoying a fairy-tale run in Madrid in the last eight. Meanwhile, Rybakina made a memorable comeback from being 2-5 down against compatriot Yulia Putintseva in the third set to win the quarterfinal 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

Both tennis stars have shown resilience in their matches and their on-court prowess has been a major reason behind their success in the Spanish capital this season. However, only one between Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina would be able to secure a spot in the final of the Madrid Open.

Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina match details

Date: May 3 (Friday)

Time: 1:00 AM IST

Venue: La Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain

Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina preview

After winning the 2024 Australian Open, Aryna Sabalenka had a series of disappointing performances. She was eliminated in the Round of 32 at the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Miami Open.

However, she picked up decent form in the Spanish capital. Second seed Sabalenka has defeated Magda Linette, Robin Montgomery, Danielle Collins and Mirra Andreeva on her route to the semis.

Meanwhile, Elena Rybakina has already won three WTA titles in 2024. She also won silverware at the first clay tournament of the season, the Stuttgart Open. The Kazakh tennis star is one of the leading figures in women’s tennis this year and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

She started her campaign by defeating Lucia Bronzetti in straight sets at the 2024 Madrid Open. Rybakina also won her third and fourth round matches against Mayar Sherif and Sara Bejlek respectively, without dropping a single set. However, Yulia Putintseva was the first player in the tournament to win a set against Rybakina. Putintseva took an early lead over the World No. 4, but eventually lost the nail-biting thriller after Rybakina crafted an astounding comeback.

Head-to-Head Record

Matches: 8

Aryna Sabalenka: 5

Elene Rybakina: 3

Sabalenka and Rybakina have faced each other eight times on the WTA Tour. Moreover, three of their meetings have taken place in tournament finals. Sabalenka defeated the Kazakh in the final of the 2023 Australian Open, while Rybakina beat the World No. 2 in the final of the Indian Wells Masters and Brisbane International in 2023 and 2024 respectively.

Where and how to watch live streaming and TV broadcast of Elena Rybakina vs Aryna Sabalenka, Madrid Open 2024, semifinal match in India?

Unfortunately, there won’t be a live telecast of the WTA 1000 matches in India. However, fans can catch the live action of the Elena Rybakina vs Aryna Sabalenka clash on Tennis TV and WTA TV.

Prediction

Aryna Sabalenka has found her rhythm at the Madrid Open, while Elena Rybakina has been in decent form since the start of the season. The Kazakh tennis star is currently one of the best players on the tour and her recent comeback against compatriot Yulia Putintseva has proved that she can maintain her composure in tough situations.

Rybakina loves to smash aces and she has also improved her performance at the net. Meanwhile, Sabalenka has recently picked up lethal form, which has made her a hot favorite to win the 2024 Madrid Open. However, her baseline aggression can help her defeat Rybakina in the semi-final.

Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in three sets.

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