Taiwan's Hsieh stuns Kerber to reach Dubai quarters

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

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 awful start to defeat Sofia Kenin of the United States 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 in 2 hours, 16 minutes.

Hsieh Su-wei caused the big upset of the day, defeating fifth seed Angelique Kerber 5-7 6-4 6-0, losing just nine points in the third set.

In her win over Aryna Sabalenka in the previous round, world number 45 Bencic saved six match points.

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.

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

Third seed Halep also advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in 1 hour, 20 minutes.

"I didn't play good today".

"Our defending champion Elina Svitolina played magnificently to reach the quarter-finals and it will take a very special performance to prevent her becoming the first WTA player to win the title for three consecutive years", said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free. "I felt more relaxed in the final set, so I gained the match pretty well". In the final set, I did a little bit more. "I will try to enjoy more".

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The world No. 4 struggled with her serve, sending down 10 double faults, winning just 66 percent of points on her first serve compared with her opponent's 83 percent. She knocked out the young Canadian tennis player despite Genie seeing some promise in the early months of the 2019 WTA Tour. Also I have no expectations.

"I was ready mentally for this match".

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

Simona went on to do some more shopping and picked up three gifts for her family members including perfume, headphones and baklava.

"The wind was hard today".

Close to my highest levels.

Although she did have to break back when Tsurenko served for the second set at 5-4, winning the final 12 points to seal the victory. "When I feel that, I play better".

The Romanian was opposed with Lesya Tsurenako for the 6th time in her career, and the world no.2 was already enjoying a strong 5-0 record against the Ukrainian. It's been tough since I came from Australia and St. Petersburg.

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