Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska began her Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships tour on a winning note.
She entered the quarter-finals defeating wild card entrant Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-3.
In the first set 18-year-old Putintseva put up a brave fight breaking Radwanska’s serve three times.
After a five-minute rain delay in the first set, Radwanska recovered only to snatch the set.
Putintseva continued her pressure on Radwanska breaking to go up 2-1 in the second set. But Radwanska broke right back and later won three straight games to finish off the match.
Talking about her opponent Radwanska said, “I don't see much players mixing up everything like she was doing today. She can, I think do everything on court, you know, spin and playing aggressive and slice and drop shot, pretty much everything. So, you know, it's very nice to see some young player playing like that.
“But, well, even when I didn't play my best tennis today, anyway, I was really fighting for every point and just happy especially about the first set that I could come back and then win that match in two sets.”
The 2011 champion also progressed as Caroline Wozniacki defeated Jie Zheng 6-0 6-1, with Wozniacki’s superior serving a major factor in her victory.
Wozniacki didn’t face a break point and won all five break points convincingly she held in the 49-minute rout.
Nadia Petrova also claimed an easy victory as she took full advantage of top seed Victoria Azarenka withdrawing and defeated her replacement, Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-1 6-0.
Petrova fired eight aces, won nearly two thirds of the points and gave up only 11 points on serve.
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