Belinda Bencic defeated Petra Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Saturday to win the Dubai Championships and vowed to celebrate with her first parachute jump.
Today, she was the dominant figure on the court in sets one and three, scoring her first win over the Czech and achieving the first significant results after years of stagnation caused by injuries that propelled her out from the top-300 in 2017!
Andy Murray could return to competitive tennis after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery last month but the former world number one also knows his career might already be over, his mother Judy has said.
"She didn't give me any high balls".
"I didn't really play the best in the end of the first set". "I'm so happy about the consistency that I could back up my wins". I think I'm pleased with my kind of mental focus after losing the first set, that I was more calm when I came back and played from the beginning of the second set.
"I still kind of felt that I can do that somehow".
The young Swiss will be looking to avoid a similar fate in her rematch with Kvitova in Dubai on Saturday.
"I saw her playing some matches".
Eighth-seeded Marketa Vondrousova blasted past 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova of Russian Federation, 6-0, 6-2, in just 61 minutes to earn her spot in the final against Van Uytvanck. The Swiss has finally managed to recover her condition after the struggle with her back and the wrist operation. She's really on fire, playing really well. Incidentally, in her match against Sabalenka, Bencic saved six match-points and needed a final set tie-breaker against Svitolina to get to the final.
"I'm a bit exhausted right now, to be honest. But there are no excuses, just the fact that I'm exhausted". "Hopefully I have a few hours to do something with me". I think I'm pleased with my kind of mental focus after losing the first set, that I was more calmer when I come back and play from the beginning of the second set I'm a bit exhausted right now, to be honest.
In doing so she ended Svitolina's 12-match winning streak in Dubai and ended the two-time defending champion's hopes of becoming the first woman to win three Dubai titles in a row.