Muguruza in Dubai semis
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.