Aryna Sabalenka and Garbine Muguruza saved face for seeds at the WTA Dubai event on Wednesday with the pair squaring off in quarter-final battle..

With No. 10 Elise Mertens the only other seed remaining in the hardcourt field at the Aviation Club, it’s been tough going for the elite this week.

No. 1 Elina Svitolina departed in her opening match while second seed Karolina Pliskova was sent out in the third.

No. 3 Sabalenka defeated Anett Kontaveit 6-3 6-2 while ninth seed and double Grand Slam winner Muguruza beat reigning Roland Garros holder Iga Swiatek with the loss of just four games.

 “I took my opportunities and I was efficient when I had to break her serve or stay with my own serve,” the Spaniard said.. 

“I’m happy with the way I started. I was very focussed, very looking forward to the match as well. 

“Sometimes you start a little bit off, but today I felt good on the court.”

She added: “I had to stay strong there and not get tense or nervous and try to stay calm to close out the set. I didn’t want to give her a chance to go to a third set.”

Muguruza and Sabalenka stand 1-1 in their series, with the Spaniard winning their match last week in Doha.

Jil Teichmann eliminated local favourite Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-3 6-3 with the Swiss winner now lining up on Thursday against Coco Gauff of the US, who defeated qualifier Tereza Martincova 6-4 6-2.

Main photo:- Aryna Sabalenka by Tennis Australia/ ROB PREZIOSO


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