Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Petra Kvitova Will Take On Belinda Bencic
00:58, Feb 26, 2019
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Former victor Petra Kvitova will face Belinda Bencic in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday after both claimed thrilling three-set victories.
Kvitova was in her third final in just her fifth tournament and was expected to start off as a favourite given her record against Bencic - she had won all her previous three outings against the Swiss player.
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.
The 21-year-old Swiss claimed the opener before Kvitová, who took a break from the sport after losing the Australian Open final to Naomi Osaka last month, found her form and fought back.
"It was a tough one today, for sure", Kvitova, the victor of two Wimbledon titles, said. She really didn't give me anything for free.
But Svitolina bounced back to level things in the second set, and things looked ominous for Bencic when she was broken in the seventh game of the final set.
In the end, for all her guile and improvisational shot-making, Hsieh had no answer to Kvitova's raw power, mustering just 14 clean winners compared to 48 from her opponent. "I do feel my muscles, for sure, especially on the legs".
"With Hsieh, I need to be a little bit patient".
"This is unbelievable and I can not believe it", said Bencic. 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.
Bencic trailed 5-3 in the final set before recovering to defeat the sixth-seeded Svitolina.
Belinda Bencic beats Elina Svitolina in Dubai, February 22, 2019. 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's win over Svitolina followed three-set wins over No8 seed Aryna Sabalenka-saving six match points-and No3 seed Simona Halep, and without the bonus of a bye in the first round. "(But) I think he's aware that it might not be possible. "Yeah, we'll see. Hopefully I will not be Petra's victim". Yeah, it's been tough since I came from Australia and from St Petersburg.
In doing so she ended Svitolina's 12-match winning streak in Dubai and ended the two-time defending champion's hopes of becoming the first woman to win three Dubai titles in a row.
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