Hamilton reaches semifinals at Fiji Women’s Pro

Kauai’s Bethany Hamilton advanced to the semifinals of the Fiji Women’s Pro on Monday before she was eliminated by the eventual winner, Johanne Defay of France.

Hamilton, a wildcard entry, lost in the first round to Nikki Van Dijk of Australia. But she rebounded in the second round Sunday to upset current world No. 1 Tyler Wright with a two-wave score of 16.10 in an elimination match, to Wright’s 14.90.

In the big win, Hamilton had scoring rides of 9.00 and 7.10.

The 26-year-old Hamilton won again in the third round, with a two-wave score of 15.47 to beat Stephanie Gilmore of Australia, 14.77, and Defay, 12.43.

In the quarterfinals, Hamilton edged Van Dijk, with a two-wave score of 12.33 to 11.26.

In the seminfinals, Defay caught a big first wave for a 9.20, and got an 8.27 on the second wave for a score of 17.47, while Hamilton posted scores of 4.23 and 6.83 for a combined 11.06.

Defay had scoring rides of 8.40 and 8.70 in the finals for a combined 17.10 to beat Oahu native Carissa Moore, who had rides of 6.67 and 4.03 for a combined 10.70.

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Associated Press

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