Ons Jabeur left frustrated as Elina Svitolina goes for Dubai hat-trick

WTA Dubai Simona Halep Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza reach R3

WTA Dubai Simona Halep Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza reach R3

Among the big names drawing the crowds, however, are former Dubai champions Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep, plus the woman who has won in Dubai for the last two years, Elina Svitolina.

The Tunisian was down 7-6, 4-0 in the second round match with the two-time defending champion when she retired - she fell towards the end of the first set and required a lengthy medical break.

Halep came through a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Lesia Tsurenko, winning the first set easily, despite there being six service breaks.

The challenger managed just a single point over the last three games as former number one Halep demonstrated her superiority by winning her seventh in the series without a loss.

After the victory, Hsieh will move on to the quarter finals where she will face Czech tennis player, Karolina Pliskova, who is ranked number 5 globally.

Asked if she could block out reaction to the news, she said: "I couldn't".

Belinda Bencic survived six match points on her way to shocking No 8 seed Arnya Sabalenka at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday night. "It didn't feel like last week", Halep said.

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Osaka, who had a bye in the first round, lost in 66 minutes in round two against a player who had not won a match this year before this tournament. "I tried to finish the points faster because I'm a little bit exhausted", Halep said. I don't want to put any pressure on myself.

"I'm going to give everything to play my best tennis". "I still make some mistakes, but I'm glad that I keep trying, keep trying, keep trying".

"And because past 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 world No. 2 then faced the prospect of a third set as her opponent served at 5-4 to level the match, but that merely resulted in Halep raising her game to another level as she responded by winning the final 12 points of the match.

"I don't know why I'm crying", she said.

The Spaniard edged past Kristina Mladenovic, surprise conqueror of world number one Naomi Osaka, sending the Dubai-based Frenchwoman out 7-5, 7-5.

"It means a lot, honestly", Mladenovic said after booking a match with a Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the last 16.

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