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Barty, Stephens knocked out as WTA Tour to get first-time winner in Charleston

Ash Barty and Sloane Stephens were knocked of the Volvo Car Open on Friday as all four semi-finalists will be looking for their first tour singles title

Ash Barty_Australian Open AI / REUTERS / PANORAMIC

World No 1 Ash Barty was knocked out of the Volvo Car Open on Friday after a straight-sets loss to unseeded Spaniard Paula Badosa. Badosa will take on 15th seed Veronika Kudermetova for a spot in the final.

Unseeded Montenegrin Danka Kovinic will take on 12th seed Ons Jabeur in the other semi-final. All four semi-finalists in Charleston are searching for their first WTA Tour singles title and one of them will add their names to the list of WTA title winners this weekend.

Badosa upsets Barty in straight sets

Badosa won 6-4, 6-3 over the favoured Australian in one hour, 16 minutes on the green clay to end Barty’s eight-match winning streak. She will meet Kudermetova, who defeated 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-4 in her first win over a Grand Slam winner.

Former Roland-Garros junior champion Badosa, who beat fifth seed Belinda Bencic in the second round, claimed her second career victory over a top 20 player against Barty. The Australian hit 34 to 19 winners but also made twice as many unforced errors – 24 to 12.

“I was quite nervous today but I think I served very well and I think that was the key for the match,” Badosa said in her on-court interview. “It was a tough match but I was there until the last moment and I managed to win.”

Unseeded Kovinic, who knocked out Petra Kvitova in the third round, came from a set down to topple 11th seed Yulia Putintseva 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 6-1.

She will meet 12th seed Jabeur, who scored her first win in three meetings over American teen Coco Gauff 6-3, 6-3. Gauff needed a medical time-out during the match and later withdrew from her doubles quarter-final encounter.


Local wildcard Osorio Serrano reaches Bogota semi-finals

Meanwhile, at the Copa Colsanitas in Bogota, local wildcard Maria Camila Osorio Serrano reached the semi-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Stephanie Vogele.

She will next meet Harmony Tan, who scored a 6-1, 6-4 win over Lara Arruabarrena.

Also in Bogota, fifth seed Tamara Zidansek beat former world No 5 Sara Errani 6-3, 6-4 to reach the last four and will take on Viktoriya Tomova, who outlasted qualifier Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in almost two and a half hours.

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