Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa reached the semi-finals at the ongoing Mutua Madrid Open after defeating Belinda Bencic in a tight, two-setter 6-4,7-5. Being a wild-card entrant Badosa became the first Spanish woman to reach the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters.
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With a heavy serve, the Spaniard is an aggressive baseliner and can find slick angles to hit winners from both the forehand and the backhand wing. Badosa came into the limelight last year at the French Open when she defeated Grand Slam champions Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko to reach the fourth round.
Her steady rise to the top continued this year with some memorable victories over Ashleigh Barty, Kristina Mladenovic, Belinda Bencic, etc.
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World number one Ash Barty, who lost to Bados in the quarter-finals of the WTA Charleston Open last month, will have a tough task at hand when she faces the Spaniard in the Madrid Open semis tomorrow.
As a result of her prolonged success this week, tennis fans started comparing her mannerisms on the court to former world number one, Maria Sharapova. Even her celebration after winning points during a match sounded a lot like the Russian.