Emma Raducanu is set to drop out of the top 100 less than two years since her shock win in the US Open after pulling out of the Madrid Open on Wednesday with a hand injury hours before her first match.
The 25-year-old Belarusian prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the title in the Spanish capital for the second time.
"I really hope that I give a tiny, small light, maybe some positive emotions for my country. I really hope that Ukraine a little bit enjoys (this),” Kalinina told the crowd.
After three straight-set victories against top-40 opponents in her main-draw debut, the 16-year-old wild-card entry couldn't get past Sabalenka in the fourth round, losing 6-3, 6-1 in her first center-court appearance in the Spanish capital.
The 26-year-old beat the American five-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist in three sets to reach a WTA 1000 event semi-final for the first time, recovering after a collapse in the second.
The 2021 US Open champion, a 20-year-old from Britain, has struggled with a series of injuries, most recently pulling out of the Madrid Open because of a hand problem.
Sabalenka, the 2021 champion in Madrid, will face either world number one Iga Swiatek or 13th-ranked Veronika Kudermetova in Saturday's championship match.
"This is probably the coldest, wettest tournament I've ever played here in Rome," the 22-time Grand Slam winner said. "I don't recall so many days in a row (of) raining. In these conditions, it's very difficult to get the ball past him..."
When discussing the favourites to win the Madrid Open the first name on most people’s lips would usually be claycourt king Rafa Nadal. Things are a little different this year though.