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Dubai Duty Free Championships: Muchova through to last 16
Karolina Muchova defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Tuesday and will face the winner of the match between Swiss Belinda Bencic, the No 8 seed, and Ukrainian wildcard Marta Kostyuk in the next round
Czech Karolina Muchova reached the last 16 of the Dubai Duty Free Championships by winning against Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 7-6 (4) at The Aviation Club Tennis Centre on Tuesday.
Muchova, ranked No 112, will play the winner of the match between Swiss Belinda Bencic, the No 8 seed, and Ukrainian wildcard Marta Kostyuk next.
Ahead of her victory, the Czech defeated American Bernarda Pera (6-1, 6-4).
Cirstea, ranked No 70, edged out Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, the No 11 seed (4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5) in the previous round of the Dubai Open.
Dubai WTA 1000, other second-round results (The Aviation Club Tennis Centre, hard, USD 2.788.468, most recent results first):
- Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs. Coco Gauff
- Iga Swiatek vs. Leylah Fernandez
- Elena Rybakina vs. Marie Bouzkova
- Lauren Davis vs. Aryna Sabalenka: tuesday
- Jelena Ostapenko vs. Linda Fruhvirtova: tuesday
- Belinda Bencic vs. Marta Kostyuk: tuesday
- Shelby Rogers vs. Ana Bogdan: tuesday
- Petra Kvitova (12) beat Yulia Putintseva: 6-4, 6-4
- Jessica Pegula (3) beat Viktoriya Tomova (Q): 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
- Qinwen Zheng vs. Liudmila Samsonova
- Victoria Azarenka (15) beat Amanda Anisimova: 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
- Madison Keys beat Caroline Garcia (4): 7-5, 6-4
- Karolina Pliskova beat Maria Sakkari (6): 6-1, 6-2
- Barbora Krejcikova beat Daria Kasatkina (7): 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
- Anhelina Kalinina beat Dayana Yastremska (Q): 5-7, 6-2, 6-3