Taiwan's Hsieh ousts Kerber to reach quarters

Taiwan's Hsieh ousts Kerber to reach quarters

Taiwan's Hsieh ousts Kerber to reach quarters

"I know how she's playing, it's not my favorite style because she doesn't give any power on the ball". She been on top for long time.

For Svitolina the win was welcome as she admitted she was far from her best, having been pushed all the way before Jabeur's injury. Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei in action during the match against Japan's Naomi Osaka.

"I was ready mentally for this match".

It was her second successive three-set match after she struggled to beat compatriot Katerina Siniakova 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Playing a second-round match after an opening bye as the tournament's top seed, Osaka won only 5 of 27 second-serve points, just 19 per cent, and barely half of her first-serve points, 12 of 22.

Halep, who won the title in 2015, came through the opening set against Tsurenko in comfort despite there being six service breaks.

The Romanian will play her quarter-final against a charged-up Belinda Bencic, who saved seven match points before converting the first of her own to beat Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (9/7).

"My mindset now is just to finish the points as quick as possible", she said. "I still make some mistakes, but I'm glad that I keep trying, keep trying, keep trying. I still feel like I have a lot to learn".

"It's a little bit hard because I feel like people are staring at me, and not like in a good way". "Yeah, I feel close to my highest level". Later, things got complicated again later when she was broken in the 9th game (4-5).

Kvitova, the 2013 Dubai champion, needed just 62 minutes to wrap up the win. It was really hard to kind of find a way with it. I wasn't really that prepared for this tournament.

"I don't really care if I play the first match", the Australian Open runner-up said.

Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova reached a 2019 last-eight place for the second time this season after Auckland through a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 defeat of American Sofia Kenin.

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.

Tournament Director Salah Tahlak added, "We continue to see great drama and outstanding competition from not only numerous best players in the world but their less recognised opponents, and results remain unpredictable as we move closer to Saturday's climax".

The No1 ranking is not on the line in Dubai, but it could change hands again come Indian Wells, as world No2 Halep and No4 Kvitova both aim to close the gap on Osaka courtesy of the 900 points available to the victor this week.

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