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Halep battles past Jabeur in Dubai

20 Feb 2020, 05:43 GMT+10

Dubai - Top seed Simona Halep needed four match points to see off Tunisia's Ons Jabeur on Wednesday, squeezing into the quarter-finals of the WTA Dubai Championships 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (9/7).

"It was up-and-down because she doesn't give rhythm. It was very weird, but I'm happy I could win."

The tense Halep match resembled a Fed Cup tie, with rival groups of Tunisian and Romanian fans out-shouting each other.

"Everyone was with a lot of energy so we had to give our best. I think it was a great match."

"It was a very tough match, she played well," Halep said. "I wanted to give all I had and just wanted to win. I didn't give up, I'm proud I fought to the end."

"It's always a tough one against her. We played in Australia, so I knew what to expect," Pliskova said.

Muguruza went into her match two days after beating Kim Clijsters in the Belgian's first WTA match since 2012.

"But I'm excited that I gave myself another opportunity to be in the quarters."

"Honestly, the difference is very, very small, I'm just pleased to go through."

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