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Dubai Duty Free Championships: Muchova downs Bencic to book quarter-final spot
Karolina Muchova beat Belinda Bencic 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday. She’ll face American Jessica Pegula, the No 3 seed, in the next round
Czech Karolina Muchova upset Swiss Belinda Bencic, the No 8 seed, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the last eight of the Dubai Duty Free Championships at The Aviation Club Tennis Centre on Wednesday.
Muchova, ranked No 112, will face American Jessica Pegula, the No 3 seed, next.
Earlier, the Czech beat American Bernarda Pera (6-1, 6-4) and Romanian Sorana Cirstea (6-4, 7-6 (4)).
Bencic, ranked No 9, edged out Ukrainian wildcard Marta Kostyuk (6-7 (7), 7-6 (5), 6-4) in the previous round, a match that lasted three hours, 27 minutes.
Dubai WTA 1000, other last 16 results (The Aviation Club Tennis Centre, hard, USD 2.788.468, most recent results first):
- Elena Rybakina vs. Coco Gauff
- Barbora Krejcikova vs. Petra Kvitova
- Jelena Ostapenko vs. Aryna Sabalenka
- Iga Swiatek vs. Liudmila Samsonova: wednesday
- Madison Keys beat Victoria Azarenka (15): 6-2, 6-1
- Jessica Pegula beat Ana Bogdan (Q): 6-4, 6-3
- Karolina Pliskova beat Anhelina Kalinina: 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-2