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Ukraine's tennis star Elina Svitolina wins Dubai Open

Ukraine's tennis star Elina Svitolina wins Dubai Open

Muguruza started stronger and needed just one break point to claim the first set in clinical fashion but her opponent showed incredible resolve to push the second set to a tiebreak. I want to say congrats to Daria for her performance here, it was unbelievable.

"She has a good fitness level to be able to run a lot". She was inspired when she was under pressure. I can not hit the ball.

"My game was fine". "She was playing really good all week".

"At the third set I really noticed it because my legs were starting to get very fatigue". I think all the accumulation came up a little bit. I was going through tough moments.

Kasatkina, the unseeded world No24, had survived a tough Dubai draw, beating former champion Agnieszka Radwanska in her opener, then coming back from a set and match points down against world No11 Johanna Konta, beating last year's Indian Wells champion Elena Vesnina in the quarters, and finally surviving more match points against the reigning Wimbledon champion in a two-and-a-half-hour semi-final.

"(Tomorrow) is a final already, so I have to put everything that's left in my body into this match. When you're winning from match points, you don't know why.




"The best thing about it is you don't have to think at all", Kasatkina said after the match. She was fighting really, really hard. I was just trying to do whatever I could.

While Muguruza admitted to being weary at the end of the match, Kasatkina revealed that she was exhausted before the match even began. When you're on the court, adrenaline is coming, and you just forget about it. "The exhausted is somewhere, going somewhere, yeah". Although aggressive and merciless forehands by the German allowed her to break straight back, Svitolina was simply too solid at the baseline and returned everything possible, troubling Kerber with her flawless game.

Remember the basket we did, the sound, and I told you "Dasha hit, for the guy who is in the top of the stadium", you see this forehand, that's what we're waiting for. "Physically, it was very tough", the 4th-ranked Svitolina said. I enjoyed playing here so much and thanks to the fans for supporting me.

After a number of mistakes by her opponent, Svitolina wrapped up the opening set 6-4. But the Russian refused to blame tiredness for her lackluster performance in the final. But especially in my serve, I couldn't find it. "I think that was at the end the key".

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Top-seeded defending champion Dominic Thiem of Austria tumbled out of the Rio Open on Friday, falling 6-4, 6-0 to Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals of the clay-court event.


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