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Badosa beats Gauff to reach 4th semifinal of year

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SAN JOSE, California — Second-place Paula Badosa defeated Coco Gauff 7-6(4), 6-2 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic to advance to her fourth semi-final of the year.

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Badosa won nine in a row while Gauff struggled with her serve and took a 2–0 lead in the second set before easing the lead to 5–1. Gauff committed six double faults in the first set, including the last two points.

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“It’s never easy to start against such an aggressive player with a big serve,” Badosa said. “I think I adapted pretty well to the (star) (end) of the first set and had a perfect tiebreak, so I’m very happy about that.”

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Badosa will face No. 7 seed Daria Kasatkina.

Kasatkina, the 2021 finalist, bounced back and beat Arina Sobolenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 in 2 hours and 23 minutes. Sobolenko, who was injured at the end of the match, made 22 double faults.

In the other semi-final, No. 9 seeded Veronika Kudermetova will play against unseeded Shelby Rodgers.

Kudermetova took the first three games of the second set to a 5-1 lead before pinning third seed Ons Jaber 7-6(5), 6-2. Kudermetova advanced to the semi-finals in singles and doubles.

Rodgers beat American Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-4 to improve her head-to-head record to 3-0. Rodgers went undefeated in three games this week, losing just 18 games.

Badosa beat Gauff to advance to the fourth semi-final of the year originally appeared on NBCSports.com



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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