Dubai Open: Garbine Muguruza sets Doha rematch against Aryna Sabalenka

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Dubai Open: Garbine Muguruza sets Doha rematch against Aryna Sabalenka

Two huge upsets marked Wednesday’s results at the Dubai Open. In the first match of the day, Jessica Pegula upset second seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-2 in just 53 minutes. This was the second meeting between the two players in as many weeks with the result, too, favouring the same player as before.

Last week, at the Qatar Total Open, Pegula had bundled out the Czech in the quarter-final losing just four games in the process. Talking about her back-to-back good form inn Doha and here, Pegula said, “I definitely think I've surprised myself a little bit with how well I've done because it's hard to follow up a breakthrough.

But once I got through qualification in Doha, I started to relax a little bit more. It was tough mentally to do that after playing on Rod Laver (Arena) in the quarter-finals of a Slam and now I'm on a side court and playing three rounds just to get into the tournament.

It was a weird feeling, but I think I've settled in a little bit now and happy that I've been able to back up those results”. Pegula will meet 10th seed Elise Mertens in the last-eight. The Belgian defeated Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2.

The other upset of the day came courtesy of Anastasia Potapova. The Russian ousted sixth seed and 2019 titlist Belinda Bencic 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 in their pre-quarter-final match. In the next round, Potapova will face Barbora Krejcikova.

The Czech defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2. Jil Teichmann and Coco Gauff will play for a place in the semi-finals. The Swiss defeated Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-3. Meanwhile, Gauff, for once, posted a straight-sets win over Tereza Martincova 6-4, 6-2.

Dubai Open: Garbine Muguruza-Aryna Sabalenka's third career meeting

Third seed Aryna Sabalenka also advanced to the quarter-finals in Dubai. The Belarusian needed just 64 minutes to oust 15th seed Anett Kontaveit, 6-3, 6-2.

Sabalenka will face the in-form Garbine Muguruza next. The ninth-seeded Spaniard made it a one-way contest against eighth seed Iga Swiatek in the third round, claiming a 6-0, 6-4 victory in just 69 minutes. Swiatek couldn’t counter Muguruza’s clean-hitting and the former world no.

1 closed out the opening set quickly. In her post-match press conference, summing up her performance, Muguruza said, “I took my opportunities and I was efficient when I had to break her serve or stay with my own serve.

Just happy with the way I started. I was very focussed, very looking forward to the match as well. Sometimes you start a little bit off, but today I felt good on the court. It got a little bit more tight and I felt she was playing better and I had to stay strong there and not get tense or nervous and try to stay calm to be able to close the set and not give her the chance to go to a third set”.

Photo Credit: Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships Their Dubai Open meeting will be the second time in two weeks that the two will be squaring off against each other. In their previous meeting, in the pre-quarter-finals of the Qatar Total Open, the unseeded Muguruza had notched an upset over the third-seeded Sabalenka in three sets.