Belinda Bencic Wins WTA Dubai Open Title - Petra Kvitova Finishes Runner-up Again

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic holds her trophy after defeating Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova during their final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Ch

Bencic beats Kvitova to win Dubai Championships title

Former victor Petra Kvitova will face Belinda Bencic in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday after both claimed thrilling three-set victories.

Speaking of her Swiss compatriot, Bencic said: "I'm trying to be as calm as him (Federer)".

The 21-year-old Belinda Bencic has completed a stellar week in Dubai, defeating the 2nd seed and a former champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to lift her third WTA title, the first since Toronto 2015.

The 28-year-old will aim to win her second title in Dubai, having... Kvitova said she felt her game was on the rise again after losing the Australian Open final to Naomi Osaka and winning just one match a week later. "I was supporting her after I lost, she really deserved it", Bencic said of the eventual finalist in Melbourne.

Svitolina failed the first set of the match against the 45-th racket of the world Belinda Bencic. I'm glad that I was able to came back in the second.

In the end, for all her guile and improvisational shot-making, Hsieh had no answer to Kvitova's raw power, mustering just 14 clean winners compared to 48 from her opponent. While, in hindsight, the three-setters against Katerina Siniakova and Jennifer Brady in the first two rounds probably did her some good, another match that went the distance was probably not in the ideal script for the 2013 Dubai champion.

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Hsieh, who lost to Kvitov in the Sydney second round, snatched the opening set on a pair of breaks, with the Czech forced into a fightback in the second. "With her, I need to be a little bit patient".

"This is fantastic and I can not believe it", said Bencic. Second seed Kvitova, victor of the Dubai event in 2013, crushed Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-0.

Bencic was coming off a come-from-behind victory over sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina, the two-time defending champion, in the semifinals. "I have a final tomorrow, so I don't know how I'm going to recover". "It's not really that easy to make those winners against her". "Hopefully I have a few hours to do something with me".

Bencic's win over Svitolina followed three-set wins over No8 seed Aryna Sabalenka-saving six match points-and No3 seed Simona Halep, and without the bonus of a bye in the first round.

"I think I'm always the most proud of how I fight", Bencic said after posting the victory.

"I'm a bit exhausted right now, to be honest".

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