Hsieh wins last six games to upset Pliskova

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Two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina extended her winning streak in Dubai to 11 matches after defeating two-times Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1 6-2.

Belinda Bencic had to come back from the brink against No.8 seed Aryna Sabalenka, saving six match points en route to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships quarterfinals.

The German tennis ace, Angelique Kerber turned out to be the next big upset after the World Number one, Naomi Osaka was knocked out from the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.

Crowd favourite and third seed Halep, supported even in the middle of a workday by scores of chanting, enthusiastic local Romanian fans, beat Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 6-3, 7-5, breaking seven times from 10 chances.

After tight wins over Siniakova and Brady, the 2nd seed Petra Kvitova stayed on the court for only 62 minutes today, overpowering Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-0 in their first match to advance into the semis.

"I was obviously exhausted today, my legs were not doing much", Pliskova said.

Pliskova had reached at least the semi-final at her previous three Tour events, dating to the Singapore ATP Finals last October. I don't want to put any pressure on myself. "I think there should be more (Asian) girls looking at her and trying to work super hard".

"I'm so excited, I was screaming like a baby when I won", Hsieh said in victory.

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Kvitova bounced back in the second and third sets, not allowing her Czech counterpart to maintain the momentum she had created in the first set and completely dismantled her game in the last two sets of the match. I feel good on court.

"But I'm happy. It's great when you're not playing your best and you still find a way to win".

A tearful Naomi Osaka said she was struggling with the attention of being the world's top-ranked woman after being stunned 6-3, 6-3 by France's Kristina Mladenovic in her opening match Tuesday.

"When I came here, I didn't have many days of practice,"Kvitova said".

"I feel close to my highest level". The wind was just bad today, to be honest.

Playing her first match since claiming the No. 1 ranking with her Australian Open triumph, the Japanese 21-year-old capitulated in just over an hour, having won less than half of her first serve points while making 25 unforced errors. Also I have no expectations.

Petra fended off three out of four break points, limiting the damage in her games and winning eight straight games to march towards the finish line and save energy for more serious challenges. In a few of the games I was thinking: 'Maybe I hit the ball pretty well, ' but I wanted to be a little bit on the safe side.