Jelena Ostapenko reveals her goals after a thriller win over Petra Kvitova



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Jelena Ostapenko reveals her goals after a thriller win over Petra Kvitova

World No. 21 Jelena Ostapenko has revealed her goal for this season is to return to the top-10. Ostapenko, a former world No. 5, is having a good week in Dubai as she has been through to the semifinal. On Wednesday, Ostapenko survived a thriller as she edged out Petra Kvitova 5-7 7-5 7-6 (9).

"It's just the beginning of the season. My goal is to be in top 10, maybe even higher. I'm not going to stop working, not going to stop, like, playing better, improving. I think it's just the beginning for me, like in 2017, just to rise up the rankings," Ostapenko said, per Reem Abulleil.

Ostapenko won a thriller

Ostapenko made a good start to the match, having won the opening three games of the match. Ostapenko had a chance to go up by a double break but she failed to convert a break point in the sixth game.

After failing to go up by a double break, Ostapenko lost her serve in back-to-back games as Kvitova took a 5-4 lead. Kvitova failed to serve out for the opener in the 10th game but broke Ostapenko again in the 11th game and served out for the set in the following game.

After winning the first set, Kvitova broke Ostapenko in the first game of the second set and had a 5-3 lead after the opening eight games of the set. Ostapenko then claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and force a decider.

Ostapenko started the third set with a break but Kvitova broke back in the third game. Kvitova broke Ostapenko in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead but then for the second time failed to serve out for the match as Ostapenko broke back in the 10th game.

Ostapenko saved a match point in the tie-break, before converting her fourth match point to book a tight three-set win. Ostapenko is playing in Dubai for the fifth time. This has been Ostapenko's best run iin Dubai as she is now two wins away from winning her first Dubai title. It remains to be seen if Ostapenko can lift her first title since winning Eastbourne last June.