Dubai photos: Svitolina loses in the second round, Kvitova leaves injured

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Tuesday’s second-round action at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships escorted six seeded players, including Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova. Let’s do a recap of the busy day through a photo coverage by Jimmie48.

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina

After admitting that significantly reduced prizes at tournaments have affected her motivation, top seed Elina Svitolina fell to Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6 6-4 6-1. The Russian will next face Barbora Krejcikova, who defeated Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-1.

Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova

Second seed Karolina Pliskova had to dig deep to see off Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 and will play in-form Jessica Pegula in the round of 16, as the American lost just three games to Kristina Mladenovic.

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka

Third seed Aryna Sabalenka dispatched Alize Cornet 6-2 6-4 and awaits seed No.15 Anett Kontaveit, a 6-4 7-5 winner over Sorana Cirstea.

Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova

The fresh Doha champion Petra Kvitova, seeded fourth in Dubai, retired from her Tuesday’s match-up with Jil Teichmann because of an injury:

Unfortunately since my semifinal in Doha I felt my adductor. It didn’t get any better and in the second set it got a little bit worse. I felt pain almost everywhere on that right leg so unfortunately I couldn’t move how I wanted and I didn’t want it to get worse.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

The third round will feature a blockbuster between Iga Swiatek and Garbine Muguruza. Coming off second career WTA title run at Adelaide, the eighth-seeded Swiatek eased past lucky loser Misaki Doi 6-2 6-4. Muguruza defeated American teenager Amanda Anisimova 6-4 6-2.

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff

Wearing her custom New Balance dress, teenager Coco Gauff fought back to upset seed No.12 Marketa Vondrousova 3-6 6-0 6-4. The American’s third-round opponent will be Tereza Martincova, who stunned fifth seed Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-4.

Other Tuesday’s second-round winners include Belinda Bencic, Anastasia Potapova, Caroline Garcia, Ons Jabeur, and Elise Mertens.

Even though Jimmie48 took a lot of amazing match photos, my favorites today are those taken during warm-ups. Here are a few:

Anastasia Potapova
Anastasia Potapova
Madison Keys
Madison Keys
Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova
Belinda Bencic
Belinda Bencic
Jelena Ostapenko
Jelena Ostapenko

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