Badosa took out Barty in Charleston

WTA

Paula Badosa achieved the biggest win of her career, knocking out world No.1 Ashleigh Barty from the Volvo Car Open and advancing to the most important semi-final of her career.

The 23-year-old Spaniard, ranked No.71 in the world, played a flawless match and outlasted the Miami Open champion and world No.1 6-4, 6-3 in 76 minutes of play.

Badosa led with a double break in the first set, 5-2. Barty had a three-set chance to get back into the set, at 5-4, 0-40, but the Spaniard won five straight points and defended her serve at that crucial point to close out the set.

The 2nd set was also a battle in many games, with Barty holding the set in an equilibrium until 3-3, but Badosa had more power in the end and won the next 3 games to lock up a very big win, undoubtedly the biggest of her career.

Η 23χρονη Ισπανίδα δεν είχε ούτε Top 10, ούτε Top 20 νίκη μέχρι χθες, μέχρι να κερδίσει το Νο.1 της παγκόσμιας κατάταξης. Προκρίθηκε επίσης για 1η φορά σε ημιτελικό 500άρι τουρνουά, ενώ συνολικά στο WTA Tour θα είναι ο 4ος ημιτελικός της.

Θα διεκδικήσει την πρώτη της πρόκριση σε τελικό στο tour, απέναντι στη Ρωσίδα Veronika Kudermetova, που διανύει επίσης μια εκπληκτική εβδομάδα και απέκλεισε στον τελευταίο αγώνα της ημέρας τη Sloane Stephens, με 6-3, 6-4.

The other semi-final will be Danka Kovinic and Ons Jabeur. After her great win over Kvitova, Kovinic also eliminated Yulia Putintseva 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-1. Jabeur in turn stopped the run of Coco Gauff, who also had an injury problem, by beating her 6-3, 6-3.

The results of the quarter-finals:

Paula Badosa d. Ashleigh Barty [1] 6-4, 6-3
Veronika Kudermetova [15] d. Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-4
Danka Kovinic d. Yulia Putintseva [11] 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1
Ons Jabeur [12] d. Coco Gauff [14] 6-3, 6-3

Saturday’s schedule:

Althea Gibson:
20:00 Danka Kovinic v. Ons Jabeur [12]
22:00 Paula Badosa v. Veronika Kudermetova [15]