Published: Mon, February 25, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Bencic tops 2-time Dubai champ Svitolina; Kvitova in final

Bencic tops 2-time Dubai champ Svitolina; Kvitova in final

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.

Svitolina saved three match points to send the contest into a tiebreak and this time Bencic made no mistake, winning four of the last five points to book her spot in the final.

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

Kvitova earned her fourth victory in four meetings over Hsieh snatched the opening set on a pair of breaks, with the Czech forced into a fightback in the second.

Bencic had not won a title since the Rogers Cup in Toronto in 2015.

For the 31-year-old Hseih, it was her first semifinal at Premier-level or higher and she was fantasying to add a WTA crown to her name.

It's a rematch of their Australian Open third round encounter, which Kvitova won 6-1, 6-4.

Bencic will face second-seeded Petra Kvitova on Saturday after the Czech came from a set down to beat unseeded Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei 3-6 6-2 6-4 in the other semi-final. Congrats to Petra, she played an incredible tournament.

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Pliskova had looked in command serving for the set at 5-1 and then 5-3. Hsieh then held for 6-5 and clinched the upset a game later on a second match point after two hours.

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.

The No.2 seed entered her first Dubai final in six years since winning the championship in 2013.

"I still kind of felt that I can do that somehow. But I calmed down afterwards a little bit", Kvitova said.

"I saw her playing some matches".

Former world number seven Bencic will next play two-time champion Elina Svitolina, who defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3, for a place in the final.

"I didn't really play the best at the end of the first set".

The third began with three straight breaks; but Kvitova settled into hold serve and run out the victor after more than two hours. Svitolina stormed back in style to claim the second set a conquer a decisive 5-3 lead in the second.

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