The pair meeting for a second final in the space of 2 weeks. SABALENKA looking to improve from a woeful showing in Germany. She was well on her way to achieving that in the first set going a double break up in no time at 4-0.The key here was finishing her service points early not allowing BARTY a foot hold during the points via rallies. Watch 2-0 Aryana up (30-15).This was as close to a perfect set as one can get for the Belarusian. Barty looking bemused never got going in this one.Sabalenka taking this one for a bagel.
As we have seen throughout the season, one should not count out the world number one.Tables turned in the second especially when she started hitting her ground strokes well. Watch opening game 30-15 to SABALENKA. Getting off her mark early in this set was crucial and Ash did just that going a break up to lead 2-1. She however allowed Saba back handing her the break back making it 2-2.Watch the break point converted to level the set,Saba opening up her wrist on the forehead placing the ball away from the Aussie. The Belarusian lost the second set and her downfall was allowing Ash to start dictating rallies.6-3.
The third and final set was in a knife edge at 4-4 going into the ninth game. Sabalenka coming up with a monster break of serve to love. Her determination and passion up for all to see.The short serve by Ash on the first of the three break points punished with a fantastic forehand. Sabalenka would win the match in her own serve to love as well to out the defeat in Stuttgart well behind her. There is no disputing, the best lady won here.