Tennis: Paula Badosa beats Bencic to reach Madrid last four

Paula Badosa reached the semi-finals of the Madrid Open Wednesday after a consecutive set 6-4, 7-5 prevail over eighth seed Belinda Bencic.

Badosa will play either world number one Ashleigh Barty or ninth seed Petra Kvitova, who will face off later Wednesday, in the final four after becoming the first Spanish woman to make the semi-finals of the tournament.

The 23-year-old Overcome world number 11 was her third against a top 20 player after her victories over Bencic and Barty in her semifinals race in Charleston a month ago.

Badosa kissed the clay to celebrate of a victory that will raise the world number 62 in the WTA rankings.

Medvedev traces Davidovich

In men, second seed Daniil Medvedev, back on the tour after testing positive for Covid-19 in mid-April, claimed his first clay court victory for two years when he came back from set to beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokinaa 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The Russian has always struggled on clay.

In four attempts he failed to pass the first round of Roland-Garros. He also failed to win a match in Rome as it was his first victory for Madrid in his third appearance.

“I love clay,” he said wryly to the camera at the end of the match.

In total, the 2021 Australian Open has collected just 11 surface wins, although he will have the chance to make 12 when he takes on Christian Garin in the last 16.

World number nine Diego schwartzman was dropped by Alsan Karatsev 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Russian Karatsev will face Alexander Bublik in the next round.

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