Comeback queen Bencic stuns champion to reach Dubai final

Bencic held her nerve, however, and proved too strong for the Czech to become the second Swiss player to win the Dubai Tennis Championships, following in the footsteps of 2001 victor Martina Hingis.

"We agreed that the next title I won, we would go skydiving", the Swiss said after ending a four-year trophy drought, explaining that the dare-devil plan may not please her father and coach, Ivan. I knew it was still in me, even after the injuries.

Unseeded Swiss player Belinda Bencic pulled off another upset to win her first WTA title in three-and-a-half years, beating Petra Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 Saturday in the final of the Dubai Championships.

Former Dubai champion, 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. Kvitova, victor of the event in 2013, beat Kuzmova in just 62 minutes and 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. It was a tough first set.

But Svitolina bounced back to level things in the second set, and things looked ominous for Bencic when she was broken in the seventh game of the final set. "I felt it the last match a little bit".

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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. "I played a lot from the second serve". Bencic broke the Halep serve seven times while losing her own on five occasions. Incidentally, in her match against Sabalenka, Bencic saved six match-points and needed a final set tie-breaker against Svitolina to get to the final.

"I'm just incredibly happy how I turned it around once again". She admits that, due to the distraction of having to appear in court at the trial of the person who attacked her in her home at the end of 2016, she had not prepared properly for the tournament.

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

"To be honest, I think today was the first day of the better days hopefully to be on the court, off the court".

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic reacts after winning over Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during their women's singles semifinals match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. "(But) I think he's aware that it might not be possible.

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