Tennis: There will be no title defense at the Dubai Championships, and Ostapenko is eliminated

Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko made it into the top 16 at the US$2.8 million women’s hard court tennis tournament in Dubai, where world number one Iga Switek of Poland defeated 13th seed Lyudmila Samsonova of Russia after losing just one match.

Ostapenko won a tournament in Dubai last year, but won’t be winning this year (Photo: Getty Images)

The Latvian — who knocked out Timi Babos and Kristina Mladenovic from a doubles contest with Legudmila Keschenovic on Tuesday — won the first set against Australian Open champion Aryna Zapalenka, but the second-seeded Belarusian tennis player managed to turn the tide and catch up. The progression is under an hour and three-quarters of an hour of gameplay. to the quarter-finals.

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek reached the quarterfinals, losing one match: the three-time Grand Slam champion of the Poles knocked out the Russian Lyudmila Samsonova, the 13th seed out of 16, 6: 1 and 6: 0.

In addition, at the end of today’s matches, news came that Czech Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinyina, had withdrawn due to a viral illness, so she wouldn’t play against Swiatek in the quarter-finals, so the Pole went straight. to the semi-finals, where she will play the winner of the Coco Gauff-Madison Keys match and then in the final.

Defending Olympic champion Belinda Bencic – seeded 9 – in the previous round, Tuesday, in the second longest women’s match this season, defeated Ukrainian Marta Koztyuk in 3 hours and 27 minutes, and that was evident in her match on Wednesday: she lost in two straight sets to the Czech Karolina Mochova, who is ahead of her with 103 places.

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WTA 1000, Dubai ($2,788,468, Saab)

Zapalenka (Belarusian, 2nd) – Ostapenko (Latvia, 13th) 2:6, 6:1, 6:1
Goff (American, 5) – Rybakina (Kazakhstan, 9) without a match
Krejkova (Czech Republic) – Kvitova (Czech Republic, 12) 6:3, 6:2
Swiatek (Poland, 1st place) – Samsonova (Russia, 14th place) 6:1, 6:0
Pegula (American, 3) – Bogdan (Romanian) 6:4, 6:3
Macova (Czech Republic) – Bencic (Swiss, eighth) 6:1, 6:4
Keys (US) – Azarenka (Belarus, 15) 6:2, 6:1
Pliskova (Czech Republic) – Kalinina (Ukraine) 7: 5, 6: 7 (6-8), 6: 2

Andy Murray made it into the top eight at the Men’s Hard Court Championships in Doha with a total prize pool of $1.3 million (493 million Ft). The former world number one Briton, who won the tournament in 2008 and 2009, defeated German fourth seed Alexander Zverev in three sets in a battle that lasted more than three hours in the round of 16 on Wednesday.

Spanish champion Roberto Bautista, who beat Marton Fucovich in the opening round – also a two-time champion – will not be present in the quarter-finals, where he also lost to Australian Christopher O’Connell in three matches.

The winner of 2020, Russia’s Andrei Rublev, lost the first match against Dutchman Talon Grikspur, but managed to turn it around. Third-ranked Daniil Medvedev was the last to make it into the top eight: the eighth-ranked Russian needed a little more. An hour and a half to beat the Briton 147 to a two sets victory over Liam Brodie.

ATP 250, Doha ($1,485,775, hard court)

Rublyov (Russia, 1) – Griekspoor (Dutch) 1:6, 6:1, 7:6 (8-6)
Auger-Aliassime (Canada, second)-Kubler (Australia) 4:6, 6:1, 6:4
Murray (UK) – A. Zverev (Germany, 4th place) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 7-5
O’Connell (Australia) – Bautista (ESP, 5) 3:6, 7:6 (7-5), 6:4
Davidovich (Spain, 7) – Kwon Sun Woo (Korea Republic) 6:3, 6:2
Mueller (France) – Van de Zandschulp (Dutch, 8) 6:2, 6:4
Lehecka (Czech Republic) – Rossovori (Finland) 6:2, 7:6 (7-2)
Medvedev (Russian, 3) – Brody (British) 6:4, 6:3

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Stan Wawrinka has reached the quarter-finals of the men’s hard court tennis tournament in Marseille with a total prize pool of €785,000 (300 million HUF).

The Swiss turned around from a set deficit and, in less than five minutes, in a two-and-a-half-hour battle, beat seventh seed Richard Gasquet, who was cheered on by the home crowd.

ATP 250, MARSEILLE (784,830 euros, indoor, hard court)
Quarter final
Ponzi (French) – Chrissy (American, 5) 6:4, 6:3
Wawrinka (SW) – Gasquet (France, 7) 4:6, 7:5, 6:2
Bublik (Kazakhstan) – Barrier (France) 6:4, 6:2
First round (to reach the round of 16)
Ymir (Sweden) – Albot (Moldova) 6:3, 7:6 (7-5)
Fils (French) – svgolin (Russian) 6:4, 6:3

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