The 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships continues on this week with some surprising upsets and some top players moving forward.
First things first, top seed and current world number one Naomi Osaka is among the losers on Tuesday at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Osaka took on a difficult opponent in Kristina Mladenovic. We knew that it would be a tough match for Osaka, but no-one saw the straight set victory for Mladenovic coming. She defeats Osaka, winning 6-3, 6-3.
With the top seed out of the mix, all eyes have to turn toward the likes of Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, and Angelique Kerber among others. The field is packed with talent. All three of previously mentioned players are winners in the round of 32.
Halep knocks out Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard. After the match, Halep applauded Genie’s effort and said that she played well. It is Halep though who advances, winning 7-6 (4), 6-4. Bouchard remains in contention on the women’s doubles side of the action alongside partner Sofia Kenin. Take a look at their chances HERE.
Bouchard’s doubles partner Kenin wins an unexpected singles match against Daria Kasatkina. She could play spoiler moving forward as she has been playing well all year long so far on the 2019 WTA Tour.
Second seed Petra Kvitova wins a tough three set thriller to advance. She knocks out Kateřina Siniaková, fighting back after dropping the first set. Look out for Kvitova moving forward. She finished runner-up to Osaka earlier this year at the Australian Open.
Kvotiva takes on American Jennifer Brady next. Brady defeats the 14th seeded Caroline Garcia to setup the meeting with Kvitova. Other winners include former world number one and two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza who defeats Zheng Saisai in straight sets. Also winning is Viktória Kužmová who upsets the seventh seeded Kiki Bertens.
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With Osaka out of the 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships, the field opens up much more. Several former world number ones and top players are still in the mix. Halep could be a strong pick moving forward but she has stiff competition all around. Stay tuned to see how the rest of the round of 32 action unfolds and how the tournament progresses throughout the week.