Kvitova to Face Bencic in Dubai Final

Elena Summers
February 25, 2019

Svitolina, who was bidding to become the first WTA player to win the title three years in a row, served for victory at 5-4 in the final set and then saved three match points at 6-5 before being outplayed in the tiebreak.

And after four straight wins against top-10 ranked players this week, it could be just a matter of time until she's back on that list as well.

Against Simona Halep the next day, Bencic had to recover from losing the first set, defeating the world No. 2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

So it really wasn't anything new when Bencic broke while Svitolina served for their match at 5-4 in the third, then ran away with the tiebreaker, ending the match with a backhand lob victor on the run. The world fourth-ranked Czech, with 26 career titles, earned two breaks of her own in the second set, with Hsieh saving a set point in the penultimate game before the contest was levelled at a set apiece. She admitted that, due to the distraction of appearing in court at the trial of the person who attacked her two years ago, she had not prepared properly for the tournament.

Bencic broke Svitolina when the Ukrainian two-time defending champion was serving for the match at 5-4 in the final set. Hsieh then held for 6-5 and clinched the upset a game later on a second match point after two hours. "Anyway I didn't play great at the end of the first". "I am pleased, I didn't give her any time to do her job, maybe turn the match her way", Kvitova said. "In the end, she was a little bit stronger".

Eighth-seeded Marketa Vondrousova blasted past 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova of Russian Federation, 6-0, 6-2, in just 61 minutes to earn her spot in the final against Van Uytvanck.

"I still kind of felt that I can do that somehow - it was something weird". Kvitova, the 2013 Dubai champion, needed just 62 minutes to wrap up the win.

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic reacts after winning over Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during their women's singles semifinals match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. I was calmer when I came back and played the second. Svitolina stormed back in style to claim the second set a conquer a decisive 5-3 lead in the second.

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