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    Svitolina in Abu Dhabi round 3, Pliskova loses in qualifying

    Elina Svitolina reached round three of the Abu Dhabi Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva on Saturday, while Karolina Pliskova was knocked out in two sets by a qualifier.

    Svitolina will play in the third round with seventeenth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova or Britain’s Heather Watson, after a routine victory over Zvonareva in just over an hour.

    Third-seeded Pliskova was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Russian qualifier Anastasia Gasanova, who finished 292th in her first main draw of the tour and had never played anyone in the top 100. Next round for Gasanova it is a third round meeting with Sara Sorribes Tormo.

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    “It’s like I wasn’t on the pitch. I was so sure of myself,” Gasanova said of his decisive victory. “It’s like when I go out on the pitch, I’m a different person, I’m angrier.” Sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina converted her fifth match point to seal a 6-4, 6-4 win over China’s Wang Xiyu. Rybakina then plays Daria Kasatkina, who moved on to round three by walkover after her opponent Karolina Muchova retired.

    (This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

    News Highlights:

    • The next appointment for Gasanova is the third round match with Sara Sorribes Tormo, as if I weren’t on the pitch. It’s like when I go out on the pitch, I’m a different person, I’m angrier. Sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina converted her fifth match point to seal a 6-4, 6-4 win over China’s Wang Xiyu.
    • Svitolina in Abu Dhabi round 3, Pliskova loses in qualifying
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