Kvitova downs Hsieh to reach Dubai final against unseeded Bencic

Belinda Bencic Dubai 2019

The Czech looked to be in deep waters when she lost 4 consecutive games (from 3-2 to 3-6) to find herself trailing 1-set-down. "Somehow I was still focused, I don't know why", Bencic said.

Eighth-seeded Marketa Vondrousova blasted past 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova of Russian Federation, 6-0, 6-2, in just 61 minutes to earn her spot in the final against Van Uytvanck. Del Potro, playing his first tournament since breaking his right kneecap at the Shanghai Masters in October, withstood 18 aces from the 21-year-old American, who was coming off his first ATP Tour title at the New York Open on Sunday.

After winning 11 matches in a row, Kvitova fell to Naomi Osaka in the Melbourne final before flying home to pick up her passport with the Russian visa.

For the first time in six years, Kvitova is through to the finals at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Currently ranked no.45, Belinda impressed in Dubai after claiming the scalp of 3 top10 players: Aryna Sabalenka, Simona Halep, and now Elina Svitolina.

Bencic had to show all her resolve after fighting back from 5-3 down in the decider and seeing three match points go begging in a mammoth game 12, before dominating the breaker. "I felt it the last match a little bit". "I fought and stayed in the match". I didn't give her any free points. "I feel much freer".

Kvitova beat Bencic on route to the Australian Open final this year, but said her inconsistent serve let her down this time.

Hsieh, who is ranked 31st and hits two-handed shots off both sides, was trying to eliminate her fourth top-10 seed of the week.

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"It was a tough one for sure. I was still there", said Swiss star Bencic whose career has been blighted by a series of back and wrist injuries.

"She didn't give me any high balls".

In the end, Hsieh had no answer to Kvitova's raw power, mustering just 14 clean winners compared to 48 from her opponent.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova came back to edge Hsieh Su-wei 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Friday and reach the Dubai Championships final.

The former World No.7 sealed the match in style from then on, as she won four of the last five points of the tiebreak to book a spot opposite another former Dubai champion, 2013 victor Petra Kvitova, in stunning fashion.

Del Potro, the 2011 champion and world No. 4 next faces American Mackenzie McDonald, who defeated Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-4. However, the 2013 Dubai champion, Kvitova's adeptness has left the Taiwanese player's dream unfulfilled.

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