Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep advance at Dubai Championships

Petra Kvitova recovered from losing a first set tiebreak to defeat Katerina Siniakova and squeeze into the third round of the Dubai Championships on Tuesday.

Simona Halep overcame a wobble in the second set to reach the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Lesia Tsurenko.

This marked Hsieh's first victory against the former world No. 1 in their three encounters and her first Top 10 victory since stunning then-world No. 1 Simona Halep at Wimbledon last summer.

Aryna Sabalenka also failed to make the last eight, the eighth seed seeing six match points come and go before Belinda Bencic took her first to win 6-4 2-6 7-6 (7).

Kvitova, who won the Dubai trophy in 2013, admitted that she came into the week somewhat unprepared, last playing on the WTA in a St Petersburg quarter-final a fortnight ago.

She is kind of shy person, probably like me at the time. "It's great when you're not playing your best and you still find a way to win". But having looked more than a match for Svitolina until that point what hurt more than her shoulder was the realisation that her chance of going deep in her favorite tournament was over.

The challenger took a fall late in the opening set, potentially rolling her ankle while also hitting her shoulder.

"It was a good match because I won it".

Osaka, who had a bye in the first round, lost in 66 minutes in round two against a player who had not won a match this year before this tournament.

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"My mind-set now is just to finish the points as quick as possible. Yeah, I feel close to my highest level".

"For me, I just want to have the mentality of not thinking so much who is in the other side of the net", the 24-year-old said.

The Australian and US Open champion, 21, was beaten 6-3 6-3 by France's Kristina Mladenovic in the Dubai Tennis Championships second round.

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.

"Second set I was slowing down a little bit, so it's not a good sign", said Hsieh.

Osaka wiped away tears as she spoke of the challenge of adjusting to her new celebrity.

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 means a lot, honestly", Mladenovic said after booking a match with a Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the last 16.

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