She Needs Time: Kvitova, Halep on Osaka's Early Exit from Dubai Open

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Former winners Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep advanced to the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday and were joined by two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina.

"I don't really like the attention, so yeah, it's been a little tough". For sure is going to play some good tennis.

Second-seeded Petra Kvitova had no such problems, winning the last eight games to oust Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4 6-0 to book her spot in the last four.

Kvitova, the 2013 victor, recovered from losing a first-set tiebreak to defeat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4 and squeeze into the third round.

Osaka stunned the tennis world last week by announcing her split from coach Sascha Bajin despite winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the United States and Australian Opens.

Pliskova, who missed nine chances to break her opponent, roared back in the second set to level the match without facing a single break point.

It was the second major surprise in a week involving US Open champion Osaka, who announced she had parted ways with Sascha Bajin, the coach who had guided her in both her Grand Slam victories. "Yeah, I feel close to my highest level". The wind was just awful today, to be honest.

World number 2 and Dubai Duty Free Ambassador, Simona Halep treated herself this week ahead of her first game at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a quick shopping spree at the Dubai Duty Free shop in Terminal 3, Concourse B. It was really hard to kind of find a way with it.

Hsieh, who has also beaten top players like Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza in the past, says she will continue to fight hard for good results.

"Better for me because I didn't want to play three sets, so it was good that I could finish it".

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei saw off Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1 6-2. "It didn't feel like last week (in Doha)", Halep said. "I tried to finish the points faster because I'm a little bit exhausted", Halep said. I feel that my game is pretty strong, also physically, even if I'm exhausted a little bit.

"[Bencic] deserves to be in semifinal as much as me".

The No1 ranking is not on the line in Dubai, but it could change hands again come Indian Wells, as world No2 Halep and No4 Kvitova both aim to close the gap on Osaka courtesy of the 900 points available to the victor this week.

"I don't know why I'm crying", she said. I'm trying to be more aggressive.

Second seed Kvitova had to dig deep to overcome qualifier Jennifer Brady of the USA 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2 hours, 12 minutes.

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