Bencic stuns Kvitova for Dubai title — WTA roundup

WTA Premier 5- Dubai Tennis Championships

Dubai Tennis Championships: Belinda Bencic beats Petra Kvitova in final

Belinda Bencic stunned second seed Petra Kvitova in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to claim her first WTA title in four years.

Bencic won her 13th match of the season against two defeats while Kvitova was thwarted in a second final after winning Sydney but losing the Australian Open title match to Osaka.

The 21-year-old, who made her Top 10 debut in 2016 and rose to a career-high No.7 as a prodigious teen, vowed to celebrate with her first parachute jump.

"I can not believe it", Bencic said on court afterward. Especially I realize after two rounds, we were already saying, 'Wow, this is a great tournament.' Now it's only bonus.

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Bencic, who lost to 28-year-old Kvitova at the Australian Open in January, started quickly and broke her rival to love in the match's opening game before taking the first set in commanding fashion.

Hsieh, who knocked out Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and fourth seed Karolina Pliskova during her remarkable run to the semi-finals, kept Kvitova guessing with her unorthodox shot selection and soon had the world number four on the back foot. Bencic dethroned the defending champion, Elina Svitolina in yesterday's turbulent semifinal, she maintained the momentum at the beginning of the final match. "It's very hard. Yeah, just very proud of that", she said. Only in the middle of the second set and after a conversation with father and coach Ivan you can, win the second set after, in the meantime, a considerable backlog with 6:4.

"We agreed that the next title I won, we would go skydiving", the Swiss said. I think definitely I served much, much better in Melbourne than here.

"It's the first thing we will do in the morning". Kvitova's serve improved in the second set, though, and the Czech player also broke Bencic three times to level the match. "I'm proud of how I managed to play the final". Didn't make it. Su-wei was at the net when it was 4-All, I was serving, and she helped me there three times. "I came strong in the second".

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"This game I had easy volley there to finish it to 5-1".

Belinda Bencic became the champion of a major tournament Premier 5 in Dubai with a prize Fund of $2,828,000. I'm providing a lot of heart attacks on the court.

Bencic thought her first match in the tournament was the toughest as first-round matches are never easy and she had some set points against her. Now I'm going to provide heart attacks off the court. "I know it sounds very cliche".

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