The Sunday Mail (Queensland)



WORLD No. 1 Ash Barty (right) crashed out of the Charleston WTA quarter-finals, beaten in straight sets by 71st-ranked Spaniard Paula Badosa.

Badosa saved 12 of 14 break points she faced on the way to a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

It was the biggest win of Badosa’s career, the Spaniard having notched her first top-20 victory when she beat fifthseede­d Belinda Bencic in the second round.

“I’m still a little bit shocked,” Badosa said in a post-match TV interview. “But I’m quite happy with the way that I managed my nerves.”

Serving for the opening set, Badosa was down 0-40, but won five straight points on the way to sealing it with an overhead winner.

Badosa gained the advantage in the second set with a break for 4-3, as she won the final four games of the match.

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