Kvitova through to last 16 in Dubai

Kvitova through to last 16 in Dubai

Kvitova through to last 16 in Dubai

Dubai's big prize-money-a purse of more than $2.8 million-and warm, dry conditions are nearly tailor-made for the transition from the Australian Open swing towards North America and have ensured that nearly every top-20 player is among the 56-woman draw. She knocked out the young Canadian tennis player despite Genie seeing some promise in the early months of the 2019 WTA Tour.

This marked Hsieh's first victory against the former world No. 1 in their three encounters and her first Top 10 victory since stunning then-world No. 1 Simona Halep at Wimbledon last summer.

Well the Ukrainian 24-year-old did so with room to spare.

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka had to wipe away tears in her post match interview after crashing to a shock loss in the first round of the Dubai Championships.

As in Doha last week, the former first racket of the world won in two games.

Osaka had not competed since winning the Australian Open in January for her second consecutive Grand Slam title, a victory that also allowed her to become the first tennis player from Asia to lead the rankings.

"I haven't been practising well recently". This was just one match. I was kind of counting on that - it didn't happen. That didn't happen, so...

"I was ready mentally for this match". Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I tried very hard.

"I think my reason is I wouldn't put success over my happiness". And both women moved into the quarter-finals after overcoming second-set challenges.

Crowd favourite and third seed Halep coped with gusty conditions at the Aviation Club as she beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 7-5, breaking seven times.

Some seeds did join Osaka in exiting, though, with Kiki Bertens departing after defeat in a third-set tie-break to Viktoria Kuzmova, while Caroline Garcia went down to Jennifer Brady in straight sets. "I will try to enjoy more". Final set, I did little bit more. "Yeah, I feel close to my highest level". Aryna Sabalenka thrashed Ivana Jorovic.

Kvitova also won a three-setter in the second round on Tuesday against fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova.

The second racket of Ukraine Lesya Tsurenko again failed to beat the famous Simon Halep.

Kvitova, the 2013 Dubai champion, needed just 62 minutes to wrap up the win.

"With the wind, the ball is flying a little bit".

"The wind was hard today. You just have to find a way to, like, win no matter what the situation is", Osaka said. "Today I didn't really feel in a match mood, I don't know why".

She said: "I didn't give her any time to do her job [and] maybe turn the match her way". I wasn't really that prepared for this tournament.

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei saw off Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1 6-2. I had something different to do in my life.

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