Top Seeds Svitolina, Muguruza Into Dubai Semifinals

Johanna Konta Western & Southern Open WTA Cincinnati 2017

The top seed need two hours and two minutes to overcome the Chinese 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 on the Centre Court.

And it's not going to be easy for Svitolina against a player who plays unbelievable tennis in the biggest points.

A odd start to the match saw five successive breaks of serve before Svitolina held and went on to take the opening set.

"I didn't expect (to play three sets), but I always try to expect the unexpected", Svitolina said postmatch.

"Today, my first set points on the tiebreak, I was serving, and the picture from Brisbane past year I had in front of my face". She's very tough opponent. "In the end, a win is a win".

During the second game the Ukrainian conceded 2:4, but managed to win four games in a row. After an exchange of breaks, the tall Spaniard got the extra breakthrough for the opener, 7-5.

Nothing was simply working right for the world number three as her aggressive game style backfired quickly, ending up with countless errors. She strikes the ball. "I had to be ready for her to raise her level".

"She has the weapons".

Svitolina continued her dominance over the German with a 6-3 6-3 win on Friday to take her head-to-head record against Kerber to 5-0.

But the momentum switched as Osaka gradually found her serve and began to hit her groundstrokes with more confidence, pace and accuracy. She's here in quarterfinal.

Earlier, Elena Vesnina stunned French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko to reach the quarter-finals. Vesina had a flawless start and with two breaks she raced to a 4-0 lead. "I really don't mind if it was the best match of my life or not".

"At the end it was really close".

"When you're winning from match points (down), you don't know why", she said. "It's great to be back in the top 10, playing good tennis again".

Kerber, though, has looked impressive in Dubai this week, and beat the No3 seed, Karolina Pliskova, to make the semis.

Meeting each other for the seventh time, the world number five from Czech Republic took nearly two hours to fend off the Spaniard's challenge. "We were both a little bit struggling. That's fine for me". So just finding match rhythm.

"When you're number one, you feel like every tournament you play, you kind of nearly have to win it".

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