Kvitova downs Taiwan's Hsieh to reach Dubai final

Feb 26, 2019, 01:01
Kvitova downs Taiwan's Hsieh to reach Dubai final

Belinda Bencic made another late winning charge over a Top 10 opponent on Friday to set up a Dubai Championships final against Petra Kvitova.

However, the Swiss shocked former world number one Simona Halep to reach the semis and scored another upset with a 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-3) beating of sixth seed Elina Svitolina, champion in the past two years. I'm pleased with my mental focus after losing the first set.

Unseeded Belinda Bencic rallied to beat No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the final on Saturday, capping a thrilling run at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Today, she was the dominant figure on the court in sets one and three, scoring her first win over the Czech and achieving the first significant results after years of stagnation caused by injuries that propelled her out from the top-300 in 2017! "I really had to be very, very low, bend my knees, whatever I really needed", said Petra Kvitova about Hsieh Su-wei.

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"She didn't give me any high balls".

Svitolina failed the first set of the match against the 45-th racket of the world Belinda Bencic.

"I think definitely I served much, much better in Melbourne than here", Kvitova said.

"I feel tennis is the way I can escape to other things". While, in hindsight, the three-setters against Katerina Siniakova and Jennifer Brady in the first two rounds probably did her some good, another match that went the distance was probably not in the ideal script for the 2013 Dubai champion.

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The Ukrainian, who won the last two editions of the Dubai tournament, did not give up without a fight, breaking Bencic early before running away with the second set to force a decider. "But I know she took her chance".

Of her sparkling form so far this year she said: "It's a bit weird, to be honest". Second-seeded Petra Kvitova had no such problems, winning the last eight games to oust Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-0 to book her spot in the last four. "I had to work my way back, I'm happy that I could finally show it". Kvitova's serve improved in the second set, though, and the Czech player also broke Bencic three times to level the match.

"I think from 3-5, I just completely zoomed out. Hopefully I have a few hours to do something with me". "I played a lot from the second serve".

The third - like the last three Bencic matches in Dubai - made the difference.

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