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Badosa stuns Barty in Charleston WTA quarter-finals
World number one Ashleigh Barty crashed out of the Charleston WTA quarter-finals on Friday, beaten in straight sets by 71st-ranked Spaniard Paula Badosa. Badosa fired seven aces -- three more than Barty -- and saved 12 of 14 break points she faced on the way to a 6-4, 6-3 victory. It's the biggest win of Badosa's career, the Spaniard having notched her first top-20 victory when she beat fifth-seeded Belinda Bencic in the 2nd round. "I'm still aBadosa fired seven aces -- three more than Barty -- and saved 12 of 14 break points she faced on the way to a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Sloane Stephens, looking to shake off a poor start to the season, notched her biggest victory of 2021 on Wednesday, upsetting eighth-seeded Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Volvo Car Open at Charleston, S.C.
Stephens lost in the first round of each of her first four events of the year, including the Australian Open, before falling in the second round at the recent Miami Open. On Tuesday, she defeated China's Xinyu Wang in straight sets before winning an all-United States matchup Wednesday.
In two other all-U.S. showdowns, Lauren Davis upset second-seeded Sofia Kenin 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Shelby Rogers overtook 13th-seeded Amanda Anisimova 1-6, 7-5, 6-4. American Coco Gauff, the 14th seed, came from behind to beat Russia's Liudmilla Samsonova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Osaka advances while Barty ousts Azarenka at Miami Open
Reigning US and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka advanced to the Miami Open quarter-finals on Monday, stretching her win streak to 23 matches by defeating Belgian 16th seed Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-3. The second-ranked Japanese star will next face Greek 23rd seed Maria Sakkari, who outlasted US 29th seed Jessica Pegula 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (8/6) at the WTA and ATP Masters Series event. "I started off really well and then for some reason I became a little sluggish. My speed didn't really feel the same," Osaka said."I thought it was really mental from then on. In the end, it was who fought the hardest.
Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australian routed Japan's Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-1, and 12th-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia and 15th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova of Russia also advanced. Fifth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and seventh-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium were eliminated.
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Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele needed just 85 minutes to upset top-seeded Saisai Zheng of China 6-4, 6-1 in the second round at Bogota, Colombia.
Voegele converted six of her eight break-point opportunities while Zheng managed just two breaks in seven chances.
Third-seeded Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands also was upset, falling 7-6 (4), 2-6, 1-6 to Spain's Nuria Parrizas Diaz. Another Spaniard, Lara Arruabarrena, came from behind to beat sixth-seeded Jasmine Paolini of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova dumped eighth-seeded Yafan Wang of China 6-3, 6-3. The day's other winner was Italy's Sara Errani.
--Field Level Media
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