(Madrid) World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka will play a second straight final on clay after her 6-4, 6-1 victory over Greece’s Maria Sakkari (9th) on Thursday in the semi-finals of the WTA 1000 tournament in Madrid .

Sabalenka had already reached the final of the Stuttgart tournament, but lost to world No.1 Iga Swiatek 6-3, 6-4 on April 23.

Swiatek could be her opponent again in the final on Saturday in the Spanish capital: the 21-year-old Polish is opposed to the Russian Veronika Kudermetova (13th) in the second semi-final, scheduled for the end of the evening.

Three weeks before Roland-Garros (May 28-June 11), Sabalenka, crowned for the first time in a Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January, confirms her very good form in 2023: the Belarusian, who will celebrate her 25th birthday on Friday , reached his fifth final of the season (for two titles) in seven contested tournaments.

Sabalenka has already won the title at Madrid in 2021.