Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Dubai Duty Free Championships: Elina Svitolina beats Daria Kasatkina to retain title

Dubai Duty Free Championships: Elina Svitolina beats Daria Kasatkina to retain title

Kasatkina, guaranteed to win at least $347,060, the largest prize money cheque she has received at a single tournament, will rise to Top 20 status for the first time in her career.

"The best thing about it is you don't have to think at all", Kasatkina said after the match. When you're going on court, adrenaline is coming, and you just can forget about it.

"I thought it was long, I was lucky", Kasatkina said in her post-match interview.

"It has been an wonderful week", world number four Svitolina said.

"I have no idea (how I saved match points) actually", said Kasatkina after the victory. "Physically it was very tough", Svitolina said.

The exertions of the week seemed to catch up with Kasatkina all at once as her error count went through the roof, while Svitolina punished her with regular cross-court chasing to sail through a ruthless second set, capped with an in-to-out forehand victor, a weapon Kasatkina had no answer to throughout the contest. At the third set I really notice it because my legs were starting to get very fatigue. I always played against her when she was playing good tennis.

Kasatkina, ranked 24th, ran out of puff during the title bid as she tried to add a trophy that claimed a year ago in Charleston, the first of her career. I was just trying to fight for every ball because Garbine, she's playing unbelievable. Muguruza converted her only break point in the first set for 4-2. I was just trying to do whatever I could. Peng Shuai is in her first doubles final since Dubai last year, when she was runner-up (alongside Andrea Sestini Hlavackova) to Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, and will be going for her 14th trophy alongside Hsieh Su-Wei (and first since they joined forces again this year).

"Well, I'm happy that it was in two sets because before we had such tough battles".

For the final round in Dubai Elina Svitolina argue with the ex-first racket of the world and two-time victor of the Grand slam tournament Angelique Kerber.

Defending champion "Dubai Tennis Championships" in the quarterfinals in 1 hour and 23 minutes in two sets beat the 48-th racket of the world, Naomi Osaka. Another break in the seventh game, earned her a place in the final.

"I think we played aggressive from the start". Yeah, I think that was the key.

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