Taiwanese player stuns ex-No. 1 to reach Dubai tennis quarterfinals

Elina Svitolina- Dubai 2019- Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships  Regi Verghese

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'm not really sure because I've never been a defending champion". Curious to see what it is going to be with Kyrgios even if I am starting to think that he is a lost cause.

The 21-year-old won 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 to set up a quarter-final clash with world No 2 Simona Halep on Thursday.

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 Czech won five of the opening six games, saving two break points at 4-1 to move closer to the finish line before Hsieh started to climb back, pulling two breaks back in games eight and ten to level the score at 5-5. "I say to myself, 'Okay, if she (does) not ace me, I hit the ball so much harder than before, then she can not hit a victor'". Also I have no expectations.

Simona will face either Belinda Bencic or Aryna Sabalenka in the quarters. It was the second consecutive day that the popular Czech had been drawn into a three-set fight.

"This match is the result of that", Osaka said of her coaching shake-up.




The 33-year-old Su-Wei Hsieh is playing one of her career-best tournaments, beating two former world no. 1's Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova in back-to-back days for the place in the semis. I tried to be quicker today than yesterday.

"The wind was just awful today, to be honest", said Kvitova after reaching at least the quarter-finals for the fourth successive tournament.

The World number 31, Hsieh defeated the German, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 and reserved her quarterfinal berth at the Dubai WTA event.

"I was obviously exhausted today, my legs were not doing much", Pliskova said.

Kvitova said she felt her game was on the rise again after losing the Australian Open final to Naomi Osaka and winning just one match a week later. "It's been big struggle for me". I had something different to do in my life. It's been tough since I came from Australia and St. Petersburg. I didn't really expect anything like that.

After tight wins over Siniakova and Brady, the 2nd seed Petra Kvitova stayed on the court for only 62 minutes today, overpowering Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-0 in their first match to advance into the semis.

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