Kvitova recovers, Svitolina gets third title quest off the ground

Kvitova recovers, Svitolina gets third title quest off the ground

I wasn't really that prepared for this tournament.

"She played well, the level was pretty good".

The 28-year-old saved six of nine break points and converted three of 11 to advance to a quarter-final against Viktoria Kuzmova after the Slovakian world No. 46 rallied from a bad start to defeat Sofia Kenin of the USA 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 in 2 hours, 16 minutes.

Hsieh, who recorded her first win in three attempts against Kerber, will next face Karolina Pliskova for a place in her second semi-final of the season, and first since the opening week of 2019 at the Auckland Classic.

Following a fourth-round run at the Australian Open, two Fed Cup wins, and her runner-up finish in Doha last week, Halep has played a lot of matches in recent weeks, so her reluctance to play a three-setter was understandable.

The world No 2 had looked to be cruising through to the last eight when she won the first set in just 36 minutes.

Sviolina is on a hot streak in the emirate, winning the last two editions and her last 10 Dubai matches.

The Australian and US Open champion, 21, was beaten 6-3 6-3 by France's Kristina Mladenovic in the Dubai Tennis Championships second round. "Yeah, I feel close to my highest level".

After struggling in the first set, which resulted in a 5:7 loss for Hsieh, she quickly found her footing in the second match and reversed the match's momentum with a 6:4 result. It was really hard for me, that time, for sure.

"But I'm happy. It's great when you're not playing your best and you still find a way to win". "This matters the most for me", Svitolina said.

The second seed saw off her 44th-ranked Czech compatriot 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4 in over two-and-a half hours at the Aviation Club.

The WTA event continues until 23rd February, with Thursday's quarter-finals featuring 2019 Brisbane victor and Australian Open semi-finalist Karolina Pliskova against Su-Wei Hsieh, 2019 Sydney champion and Australian Open runner-up Petra Kvitova against Viktoria Kuzmova, reigning French Open champion Simona Halep against Belinda Bencic and defending champion Elina Svitolina against Carla Suarez Navarro. "I tried to finish the points faster because I'm a little bit exhausted", Halep said. In the final set, I did a little bit more.

"See, it's a little bit hard because I feel like people are staring at me, and not in a good way".

"That is a big motivation for me here", the Ukrainian said.

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