World number one Naomi Osaka suffered a second-round ouster from the Dubai Tennis Championships leaving her supporters in disappointment but fellow players Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep have asked for patience from the tennis star's fans.
"I don't really like the attention, so yeah, it's been a little tough". Can be pretty good on the top. The Czech won five of the opening six games, saving two break points at 4-1 to move closer to the finish line before Hsieh started to climb back, pulling two breaks back in games eight and ten to level the score at 5-5.
Kvitova, the 2013 victor, recovered from losing a first-set tiebreak to defeat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4 and squeeze into the third round.
Following her victory at the Australian Open, she arrived in Dubai with the unexpected news that she had split with her coach Sascha Bajin after her Melbourne title run.
Osaka had not competed since winning the Australian Open in January for her second consecutive Grand Slam title, a victory that also allowed her to become the first tennis player from Asia to lead the rankings.
"The wind was just bad today, to be honest", said Kvitova after reaching at least the quarter-finals for the fourth successive tournament.
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The German tennis ace, Angelique Kerber turned out to be the next big upset after the World Number one, Naomi Osaka was knocked out from the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. "It was really hard to find a way with it", Kvitova said. "But I'm happy that I was able to get those two wins, which I think is great when you aren't playing your best and you still find a way to win". "This matters the most for me", Svitolina said.
Halep reached the final in Doha last week and looks set to go similarly deep at this Premier 5 event after booking a last-eight spot in the United Arab Emirates.
Second seed Kvitova was taken to three sets by American qualifier Jennifer Brady before coming through 7-5 1-6 6-3 while Halep defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-3 7-5 and Pliskova survived two tie-breaks against Alison Riske. I'm more relaxed. I don't put pressure on myself.
The No1 ranking is not on the line in Dubai, but it could change hands again come Indian Wells, as world No2 Halep and No4 Kvitova both aim to close the gap on Osaka courtesy of the 900 points available to the victor this week.
"I feel like, even if I don't win any matches for the rest of the year, I wouldn't say I'm concerned".
"It's a little bit hard because I feel like people are staring at me, and not like in a good way".