Badosa Better Than Gauff In San Jose, Jabeur, Sabalenka Out; Raducanu Falls In D.C.
Coco Gauff’s run in San Jose ended Friday in the quarterfinals at the hands of the steady but strong Paula Badosa who outclassed the American teen 7-6(4), 6-2.
Gauff had the opening set on her racquet but a flurry of double faults cost her at 5-4 and then again late in the breaker.
Badosa kept the pressure on and raced away with the second set for one of her best wins in months.
“It’s never easy to start against such an aggressive player with a big serve,” Badosa said. “I think I adapted pretty well in the of the first set, and I played a pretty perfect tiebreak, so I’m really happy about that.”
Badosa will face Daria Kasatkina who won the last eight games to beat Aryna Sabalenka 4-6, 7-5, 6-0.
Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur also fell going down to Veronika Kudermetova 7-6(5), 6-2. Shelby Rogers kept her upset run going. A day after knock out top seed Maria Sakkari, she defeated Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-4. She’ll now face Kudermetova for a spot in the final.
Badosa is the lone top 6 seed to make the last four.
In Washington, after a 3-hour marathon win Thursday, Emma Raducanu had nothing left in the quarters as she came up short against Liudmila Samsonova 7-6(6), 6-1. Samsonova slammed 33 winners including nine aces. She saved four set points in the first set.
In the semifinals, Samsonova will meet Xinyu Wang while Daria Saville will take on Kaia Kanepi in the other.
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