'Only human': Ash Barty stunned by Australian Open villain

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Ash Barty (pictured) with a towel during the Miami Open.
Ash Barty (pictured) was bundled out of the Charleston Open after a stunning upset to Paula Badosa. (Getty Images)

Spaniard Paula Badosa has won the biggest match of her career after upsetting in-form World No.1 Ash Barty at the Charleston Open.

Badosa, who drew the ire of the Aussie public due to her complaints in quarantine at the beginning of the year, played two flawless sets of tennis to snap Barty's eight-match winning streak.

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The Miami Open champion couldn't out-rally the Spaniard losing 6-4, 6-3 after making 24 unforced errors throughout the two sets.

Prior to her win over Belinda Bencic in the Charleston First Round, Badosa had never defeated a Top 20 opponent.

Her stunning upset win over Barty marks the biggest victory of her career.

Fans couldn't believe the upset, but praised Barty for taking the defeat graciously.

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Badosa's controversial Aussie stay

The Spanish star was one of the few players to cause an uproar during her quarantine stay ahead of the Australian Open.

The World No.67 was the first player to test positive for coronavirus upon arriving in Australia ahead of the tournament.

She was part of the 72 players placed in hard lockdown and claimed the accomodation she's been afforded and the facilities at her disposal were sub-standard.

Paula Badosa in shock and celebrates match point against Ashleigh Barty during the Volvo Car Open.
Paula Badosa celebrates match point against Ashleigh Barty during the Volvo Car Open at LTP Daniel Island Tennis Center on April 09, 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old said she had suffered from anxiety and claustrophobia, and has been using water bottles as weights to try to stay in shape.

"I feel abandoned because I don't have training equipment which I requested five days ago," she told Spanish newspaper Marca on Monday.

"I haven't been told which type of the virus I have, I've had no information from the tournament."

Badosa then defended her complaints after being bundled out of the Australian Open in the First Round.

The Spaniard claimed she wouldn't compete in another Grand Slam if she had to quarantine for 14 days.

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