Kasatkina Saves Three Match Points To Reach The Final In Dubai

Ruben Ruiz
February 24, 2018

For the final round in Dubai Elina Svitolina argue with the ex-first racket of the world and two-time victor of the Grand slam tournament Angelique Kerber.

Japan's Naomi Osaka, the next opponent for Svitolina, beat Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), while French fifth seed Caroline Garcia put out Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-2.

"I'm very pleased", the Spaniard said. "When you play a top-10 player, and you beat second time in a row, it gives you a good sign that what I'm doing is right".

However, as the match progressed, Muguruza stepped up her level of play and controlled the proceedings, grabbing the first break of the match in the sixth game, together with the help of several loose errors by Kasatkina. Kasatkina, despite not playing her best tennis, was displaying some world-class counterpunching skills to grab the win, but also remained solid behind her serves especially when winning 59 percent of points behind her second serves, as compared to just eight points all match for Muguruza.

Not as fortunate Wednesday was No. 7 seed Johanna Konta of Great Britain, who was on the losing end of a marathon match against Russia's Daria Kasatkina that lasted over three hours.

Muguruza faced several problems trying to find her feet early in the encounter, with multiple errors allowing Kasatkina to earn four break points in the opening game. "She has good wins".

Angelique Kerber may have scored her biggest victory yet at the end of a year ago, when the German returned home to Puszczykowo, Poznan in western Poland. The 20-year-old Latvian, who had a bye in the first round, lost 6-1, 7-5 to Russian veteran Elena Vesnina. "I know how she's playing".

Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning a point during the hard-fought match
GarbiƱe Muguruza celebrates winning a point during the hard-fought match

She entered this match with a 2-1 deficit against Osaka, including losses in their previous two matches.

"Against Pliskova, it's always a tough match", the German added. A fantastic forehand victor sealed her the opening break in the decider, and the Spaniard looked empty in the tank after the physically and mentally draining second set.

"I'm really happy to have won this match", Vesnina said.

"I don't know how I won today". "Now I'm getting more stronger". I was just trying to more go with my game. I know how to play on the outside court.

No. 6 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany set herself up for a blockbuster quarterfinal against No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic by beating Italy's Sara Errani 6-4, 6-2.

"These are the important wins - when you are not playing your best tennis".

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