World No. 9 Paula Badosa thought being aggressive and going for her shots was the key in overcoming Belinda Bencic in Sydney. Badosa, seeded at No. 5, edged out world No. 23 Bencic in three sets 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-3 to reach the Sydney semifinal.
Badosa now owns a dominant 3-0 head-to-head record against Bencic. "The key was to stay fighting until the end, like I always try to do," said Badosa afterwards, per the WTA website. "Accepting her good moments, because I think she played amazing and I had a lot of chances and I wasn't taking them.
Then I think in the third set I was going for it, very aggressive, and that's what gave me the match."
Badosa won after just over two and a half hours of play
Badosa earned the first break of the match in the eighth game but failed to serve out for the opener in the following game.
Badosa then blew a set point in the 10th game and four more set points in the 12th game as Bencic managed to force a tie-break. Badosa kept her focus after blowing multiple chances to win the opener as she realized her seventh set point in the tie-break to claim a tight opener.
After losing the first set, Bencic blew an early second set break but broke Badosa again in the sixth game and served out for a decider in the ninth game. Badosa blew an early third set break but broke Bencic again in the eighth game and routinely served out for the match in the following game.
Badosa plays next a familiar face, Daria Kasatkina. "I have pictures of [us at] 13 years old together," Badosa said. "We were very close friends when we see each other in tournaments. I know her family and everything.
She's a very nice girl. I'm happy that we both made it here. It's nice to see her as well here, playing in the semifinals now."