Badosa beats Gauff to reach WTA semi-final

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Second-seeded Paula Badosa has beaten Coco Gauff 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic to reach her fourth semi-final of the year.

Badosa won nine straight points while Gauff struggled with her serve, and led 2-0 in the second set before easing to a 5-1 lead.

Gauff had six double-faults in the first set, including the final two points.

"It's never easy to start against such an aggressive player with a big serve," Badosa said.

Badosa will play No.7 seed Daria Kasatkina for a place in the final.

Kasatkina, a 2021 finalist, recovered to defeat Aryna Sabalenka 4-6 7-5 6-0 in two hours, 23 minutes.

Sabalenka, who was affected by an injury late in the match, had 22 double-faults.

The other semi-final will feature No.9 seed Veronika Kudermetova against unseeded Shelby Rogers.

Kudermetova took the opening three games of the second set and led 5-1 before holding off No.3 seed Ons Jabeur 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

Rogers topped fellow American Amanda Anisimova 6-4 6-4 improving her head-to-head record to 3-0.

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