Dubai PHOTOS: Bencic dethrones Svitolina, Kvitova stops Hsieh

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In Friday’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semifinals, world No.45 Belinda Bencic recorded her third Top 10 victory in a row to prevent sixth seed Elina Svitolina from defending her title, while second seed Petra Kvitova defeated Hsieh Su-wei.

After fighting back to beat Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep, the 21-year-old Bencic survived a 5-3 deficit in the third set to overcome Svitolina 6-2 3-6 7-6(3), letting her instincts automatically guide her to the victory, as the Swiss later explained. In the first semifinal on Friday, the 2013 Dubai champion Kvitova ended Hsieh’s fairy-tale run 3-6 6-2 6-4.

Kvitova leads Bencic 3-0 in their head-to-head stats, including a recent straight set victory in the Australian Open third round.

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