Kvitova through to last 16 in Dubai

Simona Halep 2019 Dubai

Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova both won their opening matches at the Dubai Championships on Tuesday, while Elina Svitolina made a strong start to her bid for a third straight title. "Today I didn't really feel in a match mood, I don't know why".

"I played pretty bad, you have days like that". 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. After a 10th double-fault on her first match point, Kvitova sealed the win with a victor at the net.

Halep, who had not dropped a set en route to the last eight, was broken in her opening service game of each set as her Dubai dreams were ended by a player ranked 44 places below her. "This match is the result of that".

"And because previous year I wasn't even anywhere close to this ranking and people didn't pay attention to me and that's something that I'm comfortable with".

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

But what of Naomi Osaka, who was playing her first tournament as the new World No1? "You just have to find a way to, like, win no matter what the situation is", Osaka said.

American Jennifer Brady downed French 14th seed Caroline Garcia 6-4, 7-5 as her compatriot Sofia Kenin defeated Russian 11th seed Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

And further ahead, she can meet either No4 seed Karolina Pliskova or Su-Wei Hsieh, who scored a big win over No5 seed Angelique Kerber, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0. "I still feel like I have a lot to learn".

She is kind of shy person, probably like me at the time.

"I'm still a little angry about it as I felt I was playing really good and I was playing good shots during the game", Jabeur said. "It didn't feel like last week (in Doha)", Halep said.

"My mind-set now is just to finish the points as quick as possible. I'm confident. I feel good on court even if I'm exhausted".

The No1 ranking is not on the line in Dubai, but it could change hands again come Indian Wells, as world No2 Halep and No4 Kvitova both aim to close the gap on Osaka courtesy of the 900 points available to the victor this week. "I think there should be more (Asian) girls looking at her and trying to work super hard".

"I have no idea how I won, I was thinking many times during the match points that I was already back in the locker room", said Bencic.

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