Tennis Spains Paula Badosa sets up Kasatkina semi at Adelaide International

Tennis Spains Paula Badosa sets up Kasatkina semi at Adelaide International

Spain’s top female player Paula Badosa has overcome the heat and a plucky showing from improved Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia to make the semi-finals of the Adelaide International 2.

World No.11 Badosa clinched a 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 victory on Thursday after spending two hours and 34 minutes on court.

Haddad Maia, coming off back-to-back wins at the United Cup, is at a career-high No.15 in the world after climbing from 82 at the end of 2021.

« I know she’s a fighter and it was going to be a very long match. She doesn’t give up. I really respect those kind of players, » Badosa said.


« It was a very physical match. It was very tough. »

Badosa will meet world No.8 Daria Kasatkina for a place in the final and a shot at a fourth career title after the Russian bettered Petra Kvitova 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in the quarter-finals.

The other semi-final will feature world No.9 Russian Veronika Kudermetova, who saved several second-set match points against last year’s Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins.

Kudermetova came from a set down in the 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 victory and will face world No.13 Belinda Bencic for a place in Saturday’s final.

Swiss Olympic champion Bencic earned a late-night 6-2 3-6 6-4 victory over another in-form potential Australian Open contender, France’s world No.4 Caroline Garcia, in a high-quality duel that lasted one hour 53 minutes.


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