Iga Swiatek wins again, also at the WTA event in Dubai. She doesn't seem in any way willing to rev the engine. On the contrary. After the success in Doha from a monstrous 36-5 run, the world number one arrives in Abu Dhabi with a 6-1 6-1 against Leylah Fernandez.
Another substantially perfect performance by the Polish tennis player who reaches Ludmilla Samsonova in the round of 16. Forward in parallel thanks to Zhang's forfeit. In the very rich day-3 of the first WTA 1000 of the season in the women's Tour with the first eight seeded players involved, there is no shortage of surprises.
Starting with Madison Keys who beats Caroline Garcia 6-3 7-5, passing through Karolina Pliskova who leaves just three games on the road in the challenge with Maria Sakkari. Vika Azarenka needs the third set tie break against the revived Amanda Anisimova, while Jessica Pegula needs an extra set against Potapova to pass the first round sieve.
In the round of 16 the challenge with Ana Bogdan. Belinda Bencic is also struggling more than expected, called after almost three hours of the game against Marta Kostyuk. All incredibly easy for Aryna Sabalenka in her first appearance on the major circuit after her success at the Australian Open.
You even leave little room for interpretations the 6-0 6-1 against Lauren Davis. In the final part there are also the successes of Coco Gauff, Elena Rybakina and above all of the reigning champion Jelena Ostapenko. Below Iga Swiaket vs Leylah Fernandez's highlights: In the men's tournaments, Botis Van de Zandschlup beats Ilya Ivashka in Doha.
All relatively easy for Emiil Ruusuvuori, who scores a valuable victory against Dan Evans. Also noteworthy is Tallon Griekspoor's success at the tie break in the third set against Quentin Halys. In the ATP 250 in Marseille, Maxime Cressy needs overtime to break down the resistance of the French Biancaneaux. The very good period of Gregoire Barrere continues who gets rid of Huesler in two clean sets.