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Dubai Tennis: Sabalenka storms into quarters; Bencic beaten

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on March 10, 2021
Third seed Aryna Sabalenka hits a forehand return on Wednesday. (Supplied photo)

The Belarusian will now take on either Iga Swiatek or Garbine Muguruza in the last eight

Third seed Aryna Sabalenka waltzed into the quarterfinals of the WTA Dubai Duty Free tennis Championships with a straight-set victory over Estonian Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday.

World No.8 Sabalenka, winner of the inaugural Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open earlier in January, prevailed 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and four minutes over the 15th seed, on Centre Court, at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre.

Sabalenka served six aces to Kontaveit’s two and a first serve percentage of 71.2.

The 22-year-old Belarusian will now take on either French Open champion Polish 19-year-old Iga Swiatek, seeded eighth here, or Spanish ninth seed Garbine Muguruza, in the last eight.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, who had stunned top seed and world No.5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, went down to Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2, in a match that lasted an hour and 13 minutes, on Court 1.

Potapova sinks former champion Bencic

Wildcard Anastasia Potapova continued her giant-killing run, beating former champion sixth seed Belinda Bencic in the third round of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Russian, ranked 88 in the world, defeated the 2019 champion Bencic of Switzerland 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 in a match that lasted two hours and 17 minutes, on Court 1 of the Aviation Club Tennis Centre.

Potapova had beaten American 11th seed Madison Keys in the second round.

Potapova will now take on Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

In another match, 10th seed Elise Mertens of Belgium faced no such problems, cruising past Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 32 minutes.

Meanwhile, American teenager wildcard Coco Gauff beat qualifier Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and six minutes.





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