Darya Kasatkina edges Garbine Muguruza to reach Dubai final

Darya Kasatkina edges Garbine Muguruza to reach Dubai final

Kasatkina, 20, saved three match points in her 3-6, 7-6 (13-11), 6-1 victory over second seed Muguruza.

I think she has good fitness to be able to run a lot.

Muguruza was aiming to become only the fifth player to reach both Doha and Dubai finals in the same season having lost to Petra Kvitova in Qatar last weekend. When you're winning from match points, you don't know why.

The top-seeded Ukrainian dominated double Grand Slam victor Kerber in 85 minutes with five breaks of serve against the German, a former world number one.

Isner came out on the wrong end of three consecutive tiebreaks against German Peter Gojowczyk, who prevailed 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5).

"Yeah, definitely I'm happy the way I've been handling the pressure and tough moments". I was just trying to fight for every ball because Garbine, she's playing unbelievable.

"I'm very pleased with the performance", Svitolina said.

"With the matches she normally plays, she's always in danger, and all of a sudden she kind of comes back".

The Russian needed one hour and 31 minutes to knock out the world number six 6-2, 7-6 in the second round match of the event. Pliskova fended off Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

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It was the second time this week that Kasatkina has saved match points on the way to an upset victory, after she held off two match points against seventh seed Johanna Konta in the second round. I was just trying to stay in the match and trying to not think about how she was playing.

Thus far, Kerber has lost only 16 games in three matches in Dubai, and has spent little more than three hours on court.

"For me, this was the first match here after couple days of practice". She's beating good players.

Muguruza faced several problems trying to find her feet early in the encounter, with multiple errors allowing Kasatkina to earn four break points in the opening game.

"In the second set, she got back".

With the momentum behind her, she again nullified a break by Garcia, and pinned the despondent French player down with penetrating play from the baseline.

After dropping the opening set and falling a break behind in the second, the 20-year-old Kasatkina turned the tables on Muguruza. "But these things happen, and I need to be prepared, so I felt good today".

The two-time Grand Slam victor is seeking her first title since Cincinnati in August past year and was next due to face Daria Kasatkina, a victor over fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 7-6 (7/5), 6-1.

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