Dubai: The highest seed at this 12 months’s Dubai Obligation Free Tennis Championships, Elina Svitolina, was despatched packing within the second spherical in Garhoud by Svetlana Kuznetsova.
The silence within the fan-free floor matched the surprised Ukranian’s exit after she slumped to a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 defeat by the hands of the Russian world No. 36.
Svitolina seemed to be in fine condition as she breezed by the opening set, however Kuznetsova upped her sport and the world No. 5 had no reply as she crumbled within the decider.
Earlier this week, two-time Dubai champion Svitolina admitted the drop in WTA prize cash as a result of COVID-19 pandemic has diminished her motivation however added that gamers should be taught to regulate their expectations.
On a day of three-setters, Arab No. 1 Ons Jabeur from Tunisia defeated 14th seed Elena Rybakina 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.
There was misfortune for Petro Kvitova as she retired injured handy Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann a walkover. The Swiss will face Jabeur within the subsequent spherical.
There was higher information for ninth seed Garbine Muguruza, as she eased by 6-4, 6-2 over Amanda Anisimova of america. With some main seeds dropping, the draw is admittedly opening up for Spaniard Muguruza — the 2017 Wimbledon champion — and the likes of reigning French Open champ Iga Swiatek, who defeated Misaki Doi of Japan 6-2, 6-4.
There will likely be an intriguing battle between the Spaniard and Pole within the spherical of 16.