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Sabalenka beats Badosa in Stuttgart to reach semifinals

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart 2023 - Day 7

STUTTGART, GERMANY - APRIL 21: Aryna Sabalenka in action against Paula Badosa of Spain in the quarter-final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart 2023 at Porsche Arena on April 21, 2023 in Stuttgart, Germany (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

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STUTTGART, Germany -- Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka came back from a set and a break down to beat Paula Badosa 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and reach the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Badosa broke Sabalenka in the opening game of the second set and was leading 4-2 before the Belarusian won seven straight games to take the set and move into a 3-0 lead in the decider. Badosa recovered to 3-3 but was broken in each of her next two service games to give Sabalenka the victory.

Sabalenka beat a clay specialist for the second straight match after defeating 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejčíková.

Sabalenka will play either Caroline Garcia or Anastasia Potapova in the semifinals.