Kvitova, Halep breeze into quarters in windy Dubai

Kvitova, Halep breeze into quarters in windy Dubai

Javier Howell
February 23, 2019

It was her second successive three-set match after she struggled to beat compatriot Katerina Siniakova 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Third seed Simona Halep joined Kvitova in the quarter-finals after the Romanian continued her steady progress with a 6-3 7-5 win over Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

Halep came through a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Lesia Tsurenko, winning the first set easily, despite there being six service breaks.

Tsurenko managed just a single point over the last three games as former world number one Halep demonstrated her superiority by taking a 7-0 lead in their head-to-head record.

The Czech, who won the Dubai trophy in 2013, admitted that she came into the week somewhat unprepared, last playing at St Petersburg a fortnight ago.

She said: "I didn't give her any time to do her job [and] maybe turn the match her way". "But I'm happy that I was able to get those two wins, which I think is great when you aren't playing your best and you still find a way to win". "This match is the result of that".

"Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn't", she said.

Halep, who had not dropped a set en route to the last eight, was broken in her opening service game of each set as her Dubai dreams were ended by a player ranked 44 places below her.

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The 2013 Dubai victor was broken first in the opening set by the world No 66 but bounced back with two breaks to take the set. "I tried to finish the points faster because I'm a little bit exhausted", Halep said.

"It's a little bit hard because I feel like people are staring at me, and not like in a good way". "I still make some mistakes, but I'm glad that I keep trying, keep trying, keep trying. I feel more relaxed in the final set, so I gained the match pretty well".

"And because past year I wasn't even anywhere close to this ranking and people didn't pay attention to me and that's something that I'm comfortable with". I feel good on court.

"I have no idea how I won, I was thinking many times during the match points that I was already back in the locker room", said Bencic.

Kvitova, the 2013 victor, recovered from losing a first-set tiebreak to defeat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4 and squeeze into the third round.

Osaka wiped away tears as she spoke of the challenge of adjusting to her new celebrity.

World number 2 and Dubai Duty Free Ambassador, Simona Halep treated herself this week ahead of her first game at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a quick shopping spree at the Dubai Duty Free shop in Terminal 3, Concourse B. Alison Risk of the U.S. also advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 win over France's Alizé Cornet 6-2, 6-3.

"It means a lot, honestly", Mladenovic said after booking a match with a Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the last 16.