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Paula Badosa reaches the semifinals of San José

MADRID, 6 Ago.

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Paula Badosa reaches the semifinals of San José


The Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa has reached the semifinals of the tournament in San José (United States), in the WTA 500 category and played on a hard court, after beating the American Coco Gauff in the quarterfinals this morning (7-6(4), 6 -two).

The Catalan, number four in the world and second favorite in the North American competition, had a clean match, with 17 winners and 15 unforced errors -for Gauff's 29-, and managed to convert four of her eight break points.

Badosa had to recover with a 'counterbreak' to his opponent's first blow in the third game, and two new breaks condemned the sleeve to sudden death. With the score at 3-3 in the tiebreak, Badosa managed to break the American's serve and win three of the next four points, helped by Gauff's double faults in the final two points.

With a winning backhand he closed the set and faced the rest of the match with relative comfort; two new breaks in the first and fifth games allowed him to take the clash in less than an hour and a half and advance to his fourth semifinal of the season.

"It's never easy to start against such an aggressive player with a great serve. I think I adapted pretty well at the end of the first set, and I played a pretty perfect tiebreak, so I'm very happy," explained Badosa, who will now face the Russian Daria Kasatkina, who beat the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (4-6, 7-5, 6-0).

Badosa and Kasatkina have met twice on the circuit, both this year, with a win for the Spanish in the semifinals in Sydney (6-2, 6-2) and another for the Russian in the round of 16 in Rome (6-4, 6). -4). "She is winning many matches against the best players in the world, she is having an incredible year," said the Catalan.

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