Kuznetsova puts Svitolina down and Kvitova retires

The ukrainian Elina Svitolina, fifth player in the world and seed No.1, was eliminated on Tuesday in her debut in the second round of the WTA 1000 tournament in Dubai by the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (41st) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Kuznetsova, 35, was down 1 set to 0 and a break in it, knocking down the first seed and meeting the Czech in the round of 16 Barbora Krejcikova (63rd) in the next round.

“Obviously the defeat is difficult to digest, especially since I had started the game well and I felt good going into the tournament,” said Svitolina, who won the title twice in Dubai (2017 and 2018).

“So I’m really disappointed that the match ended like this, the result is really disappointing,” added the Ukrainian.

“It hurts me. But I have to analyze this defeat and work on my physique and my game during training. There are still many tournaments to play this year and I have to move on, “he added.

The seeded N.2 Karolina Pliskova (6th in the world) lost two match points in the second set before regaining control of the game and defeating Latvian Anastasija Sevastova (55th) 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

This victory gives him the opportunity to get revenge in the next round of the American Jessica pegula (36th), who swept Kristina Mladenovic (53rd) 6-1, 6-2. Pegula beat Pliskova last week in Doha.

“When I play against the same opponent from week to week, my opinion is that it will be difficult for him to repeat the first match,” said Pliskova, a finalist in Dubai in 2015.

The Czech said goodbye Petra kvitova, recent WTA champion from Doha beating Garbiñe Muguruza in the final. She retired against the Swiss Jill Teichman when she lost 2-6 and 4-3, alluding to the physical discomfort in one leg, right adductor.