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Top seeds hold form heading to Charleston semifinals


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — No. 1 seed Jessica Pegula led the top four seeds into the semifinals at the Charleston Open on Friday. No. 2 seed Ons Jabeur, No. 3 seed Daria Kasatkina and No. 4 seed Belinda Bencic also advanced with quarterfinal victories in the season’s first clay-court tournament. Jessica Pegula beat 12th-seeded Paula Badosa 6-3, 7-6 (6). Bencic won her ninth straight Charleston match with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over seventh-seeded Ekatarina Alexandrova. Jabeur advanced when Anna Kalinskaya retired due to illness in the second set. Kasatkina rallied from a set down to beat Madison Keys.

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