Tunisian Anas Jaber, ranked tenth in the world, reached the biggest final in her professional career, by qualifying for the top match in the Madrid 1,000th tournament on clay by beating Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (43) 6-2, 6-3.
Jaber will have the opportunity to achieve her second title in her career after last year’s Birmingham English tournament on grass courts.
The 27-year-old will play in her second final this year with either Swiss Jill Teichmann or American Jessica Pegula, who will meet later.
The Tunisian managed to improve her bad record against Alexandrova, achieving her second victory against her in the eighth confrontation between them, after the Chinese Juhai Tournament in 2017, before the Russian achieved four victories in a row.
Jaber, the first Arab woman to enter the list of the top ten in the world, eliminated in the quarter-finals Romanian Simona Halep, the former world number one and the two-time title holder in Madrid in 2016 and 2017.
The Tunisian, the highest seed remaining in the tournament, is still searching for her second title after winning in Birmingham when she became the first Arab player to win a WTA title.
This is the sixth final that Jaber has reached in her career, as she lost the Charleston tournament earlier this year and the same last year, Chicago 2021 and Moscow 2018.