Two-time Dubai champion Svitolina knocked out in opening round

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Bencic at the tournament in Dubai

World No. 7 Sofia Kenin may have lost her opening match in Dubai on Tuesday, but all wasn't lost for the American in her trip to the UAE.

Bencic, who this week is ranked at a career-high number four, was defeated 1-6 6-1 6-1 by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Svitolina fell 6-2 6-1 against qualifier Jennifer Brady and Kenin was beaten 6-7 (2) 6-3 6-3 by Elena Rybakina.

Both sets came easy to Brady with an eight game streak in the second set seeing her lead 4-0 at one point.

World number four Bencic was in complete control as she took the first 19 points but was unable to prevent Pavlyuchenkova building momentum in an extraordinary turnaround.

When the second set started, everything went from bad to worse as the momentum changed and Pavlyuchenkova unleashed to secure the match, 1-6 6-1 6-1.

"Even though it was 5-0 (and) I thought, 'Oh my God, it's embarrassing, ' I think it helped me going into the second set because I took that mentality, that mindset of being positive and fighting, trying to do my thing". I'm trying to analyze what went wrong or what was the turning point. "Still looking for an answer", she added. I really tried to focus, tell myself that I have to keep going.

"I know she's a big fighter".

The 25-year-old Ukrainian won nine titles in 2017 and 2018 but kept getting knocked out in the later stages of the tournaments throughout 2019. Although she hasn't won a WTA title in her career and its been three years since her last ITF title, she did show some good form last season. "I wish I could regroup better". "We will continue working and trying to find that particular moment where I will feel better and play better". "Just everything was all over the place today", Svitolina said after the defeat. It's very tough to say now what happen, why did I play the way I play. "As it is the Olympic year, it's important for me to play well at the Olympics and try to get a gold for Ukraine". For me for sure it's nice to be back here where I have great memories. "Think I competed well from the very beginning", said Brady.

Svitolina had tiny to present as the 52nd-rated Brady gained her next victory this year in excess of a Top rated 10 opponent right after beating Ashleigh Barty in Brisbane. What was the secret to her success over Svitolina today? I'm just going to out there and enjoy the fight. Obviously respecting my opponent, but not to the point where I put the opponent on a pedestal, have to think that I have to play my best tennis in order to win.

"Sometimes it " s even too unsafe when you start very well, then just tennis turns it around. I think I served pretty well throughout the whole match. Started off strong on the serve, was able to apply pressure on the return games.



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