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Muguruza in Dubai semis

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Garbine Muguruza

DUBAI, UAE (AP):

Second-seeded Garbine Muguruza overcame Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-2 yesterday to seal her place in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships.

Muguruza defeated the fifth-seeded Frenchwoman in their second quarter-final in two weeks, with the Spaniard also winning after being a set down in Doha. Yesterday, she needed just two sets, but they stretched over 108 minutes.

Muguruza next plays Russian Daria Kasatkina, who defeated compatriot Elena Vesnina 7-6 (5), 6-1.

Top-seeded Elina Svitolina moved to within two matches of retaining her title with a 6-2, 6-4 win over wild card Naomi Osaka of Japan.

Waiting for Svitolina in the semi-finals is the resurgent Angelique Kerber. The sixth-seeded German defeated third-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 in a 74-minute encounter.