Hsieh marches into Dubai semi-finals after ousting Pliskova

Belinda Bencic

Belinda Bencic

She presently leads by 3-0 and last defeated the Taiwanese player as recently as the WTA Sydney earlier this year.

"I was exhausted. After the second set, I felt like I m getting cramping a little bit".

Taiwanese tennis champion, Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇), marked another victory on February 20 at the 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships.

"I have nothing to lose against Halep, she's a great player".

"How did I win?"

"Su-Wei Hsieh produced the biggest upset at Wimbledon past year when she defeated the world No. 1, Simona Halep, and she had proved again that she presents a hard hurdle for even the very best".

Kvitova, who was champion in Dubai in 2013 and runner-up at this year's Australian Open, sent down 21 winners and won 74 percent of her first serve points while making 12 unforced errors as she dominated from start to finish.

She is bidding to become the first woman to win the tournament three times and next faces Carla Suarez Navarro. Now, she's played so well to win two Grand Slams and be world number one.

From my opinion, the pressure had to be bigger for her after the US Open because that was the bigger surprise than now.

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"I fought and stayed in the match. I started badly", the world number 26 said.

She clinched victory with a lob after nearly two hours on her fourth winning chance. Bencic broke for a 5-4 lead in the second and then raced out to a 3-0 lead in the decider, having won six games in a row.

After holding for 6-5, Bencic was then unable to convert on three match points a game later.

The unseeded Su-Wei Hsieh claimed a fine comeback win against No4 seed Karolina Pliskova, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, a day after handing out the same treatment to another former No1, and the No5 seed in Dubai this week, Angelique Kerber.

Simona Halep took the first set against Belinda Bencic but could not get the job done as the Swiss battled back to triumph.

"I am pleased. Definitely more than those two matches before". Maybe it's different. I was okay.

Pliskova had reached at least the semi-final at her previous three Tour events, dating to the Singapore ATP Finals last October.

"It was a tough one today, she really didn't give me anything for free", Kvitova said. "I feel more relaxed in the final set, so I gained the match pretty well".

The Czech veteran player reflected on her path on the tennis court and said that it took her nearly a year to adjust to the spotlight.

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