Title defender Svitolina to face Germany's Kerber in the Dubai Open semifinals


Wang Qiang of China, a lucky loser from qualifying, challenged Svitolina before the Ukrainian triumphed 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals in the United Arab Emirates. "I'm very happy that I saved little bit more energy for the final". The unseeded Russian was able to overcome the disappointment, breaking straight back to love, reflecting her tough mentality. But I was very happy with the way I was playing. "In the end, the win is the win".

The victory puts Svitolina within touching distance of becoming only the third women's player, alongside Justine Henin and Venus Williams, to win successive Dubai titles.

"She has the weapons". Kerber, ranked ninth after a solid start in 2018, claimed her 15th win of the season, pulling her level for the lead on the WTA circuit with number one Caroline Wozniacki. I was just trying to stay in the match and trying to not think about how she was playing. I will just try to focus on my game, you know, as I did before.

Kasatkina saved three match points in beating No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza Friday - coming back in a 13-11 second-set tiebreak before running away in the third set.

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Kasatkina triumphed 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2, as Konta was her own worst enemy with 63 unforced errors. The win came as a pleasant surprise, especially when the Spaniard served for the match while also looking in great form. I was just trying to fight for every ball because Garbine, she's playing unbelievable.

Meanwhile, at the Hungarian Open, top seed Dominika Cibulkova eased into the semi-finals with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Johanna Larsson. Pliskova conceded another break for the set and match, 6-3, without having worked a single break chance against Kerber.

"Against Pliskova, it's always a tough match", the German added. I think that's what, you know, help her today.

Wimbledon victor Muguruza said that after reaching the WTA summit, her intensity to play for ranking may have tapered off Ý but she keeps the goal at the top of her tennis agenda. It will be a completely different match than today.