Kvitova outlasts Hsieh, Bencic dumps out champion Svitolina

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic kisses her trophy after defeating Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova during their final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis C

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic kisses her trophy after defeating Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova during their final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis C

In Canada, an 18-year-old Swiss toppled three top-10 rivals in a row and she was even better in Dubai, saving six match points against Aryna Sabalenka, coming from a set down against Simona Halep and trailing 5-3 in the decider versus Elina Svitolina!

Kvitova beat Bencic on route to the Australian Open final this year, but said her inconsistent serve let her down this time. Pliskova had reached at least the semi-final at her previous three Tour events, dating to the Singapore ATP Finals last October.

Kvitova defeated Hsieh Su-Wei 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, and Bencic edged past two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3).

"It's unbelievable. It's incredible".

"This is incredible, I can't believe it", the champion said.

Bencic admitted she was herself surprised by the way she went after the first two rounds, given she was not expected to win following that and everything after that was expected to be a bonus.

The pair began the third set with an exchange of service breaks, but Kvitova broke again and then held her serve to get in front before wrapping up the win. "I was still there", said Swiss star Bencic whose career has been blighted by a series of back and wrist injuries.

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Kvitova advanced to her third final of 2019 by edging Hsieh Su-wei 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

"He has a young family, you have to think about the quality of life for the rest of your life. ctually, that's the most important thing".

"She didn't give me any high balls". "She had a lot of aces (nine), I'm just happy I was able to make it back".

"I think I'm pleased with my kind of mental focus after losing the first set, that I was calmer when I came back and played from the beginning of the second set".

She missed three match points at 6-5 before taking her fourth opportunity in the tie-break.

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. "It's where the instincts just guide you through it".

"It was a tough one today, for sure", Kvitova, the victor of two Wimbledon titles, said. The Swiss made the best possible start, breaking at love in the first game with a great return that Kvitova failed to control, opening a 4-1 lead after just 24 minutes and wrapping up the set with a backhand drive-volley victor in game nine. "Anyway I didn't play great at the end of the first".

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