Svitolina in Dubai Duty Free tennis meet semis

  • Svitolina in Dubai Duty Free tennis meet semis

Svitolina in Dubai Duty Free tennis meet semis

Meeting in the same round at the same tournament for the second consecutive year, it was the Ukrainian who extended her recent dominance over the seemingly-unstoppable German, triumphing 6-3, 6-3 to be within inches of defending her title.

"I think she likes to play when she's under pressure", said Muguruza. "You just play and enjoy", she added. Svitolina also has a 2-0 record in finals as the No.1 seed - though today marks the first time she has reached the final as a tournament's top seed above worldwide level. "I'm very happy that I saved little bit more energy for my next opponent", she said. Kasatkina had to save three match points to upend Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-1.

Perhaps, the result could have been a surprise to some, due to the fact that Svitolina was not playing her best tennis throughout the week while Kerber was simply firing on all cylinders. She tried to find space from the back but the Russian was forced to hit wide the final down the line backhand of the set.

Yet another double-fault gifted another break to Svitolina, who still could not find her range on her vulnerable second serves which implied that she failed to consolidate the break yet again.

Serving at 3-5, she saved three set points with stubborn baseline play, including a huge forehand victor.

The victory puts Svitolina in the company of Justine Henin and Venus Willliams as the third women's player to win successive Dubai titles. She has now won the seventh final in a row, having not tasted defeat since 2016 Zhuhai against Kvitova.

Kasatkina had the first break opportunity of the match, in Svitolina's first service game, but the Ukrainian saved it and went on to break for a 4-2 lead.

The doubles final, on the other hand, produced a classic as the unseeded Chan Hao-Ching of Chinese Taipei and Zhaoxuan Yang of China overcame the challenge of the fourth seeds Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Shuai Peng of China (4-6 6-2 10-6). The Polish and American pair broke their Asian rivals in the second game. Later, Yang served off on love to win the first set. Rosolska and Spears bounced back to draw level 4-4. If you are a top player, you are getting byes, and you are going through the first round.

Remember the basket we did, the sound, and I told you "Dasha hit, for the guy who is in the top of the stadium", you see this forehand, that's what we're waiting for. Last time we played, it was in Germany when she was extremely motivated to bring a point to the team.