The Australian Ashleigh Barty, number one in the world, qualified for the final of the Madrid tennis tournament by winning 6-4 and 6-3 against the Spanish Paula Badosa, who entered the table by invitation and reached the penultimate instance with a fantasy game.
Equally, Barty and Badosa played the first set, 61 places behind that in the world rankings but full of confidence after their big week in Madrid.
The Spanish had already beaten the Australian in their only previous meeting, this same season in Charleston, and today she was very close to doing it again.
After an even battle in the first set, Badosa conceded three set points on her serve, which she ultimately lost with a double fault.
Although the Spanish born in New York had already shown during the tournament to know how to overcome any circumstance, the confidence that the number one showed in the second set rose like a wall against Badosa. Brave to the end, he saved a match ball with a daring climb to the net, but was unable to do anything else.
She left the track in tears, overwhelmed by so many emotions experienced this week at the Caja Mágica. Badosa was the first Spanish to reach the semifinals in the history of the Madrid tournament.
In her triumphant passage through the box, in the first round she beat the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, 39 of the world, in the second the Swiss Jil Teichmann (40), in the third the Latvian Anastasija Sevastova (54), from the previous phase, and in the quarterfinals to the Swiss Belinda Bencic, eighth seeded.
Ashleigh Barty will face the winner of the clash between Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.