Ashleigh Barty says she was able to put the lessons she learnt in Charleston into practice to beat Paula Badosa in Madrid.
The world number one suffered a shock defeat against the Spaniard earlier this year in the quarter-finals of the Charleston Open.
However, with the pair meeting again in the Madrid semi-finals, Barty was completely dominant as she won her 16th straight match on clay.
After powering to an impressive 6-4, 6-3 win, Barty explained how that shock loss in Charleston was crucial in advancing to another WTA final.
“You have to learn from every game, every match you play against an opponent,” Barty said.
“I definitely learnt a lot from the match we played in Charleston. There was a small adjustment.
“I think just learning from some of her patterns, tendencies that came through and showed through in that match in Charleston.
“I think I was just able to control the court a little bit better. I was able to look after my service games a little bit better, build pressure on return games.
“That’s a massive part of it: not always winning points, but building pressure.
“Scoreboard pressure can be a big thing. That was a focus for me today.”
Barty will meet either Aryna Sabalenka or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.
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