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17TH February - 2nd March 2019
Dubai Duty Free tennis stadium
17TH February - 2nd March 2019
Dubai Duty Free tennis stadium
February 24, 2019

What They Said: Bencic, Kvitova, Hsieh/Strycova

Belinda Bencic lifted the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships women's singles trophy after a thrilling three-set victory over Petra Kvitova.
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Belinda Bencic and Petra Kvitova embrace at the net after the women's final of the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Belinda Bencic

“It’s been incredible beating all these players [four players within the top 9]. I wouldn’t have thought that before this tournament… It gives me a lot of confidence, for sure.”

Petra Kvitova

“Tennis has been an escape from other things happening in my life. It’s been a difficult, to be honest, to handle everything. But I’m glad I can still play tennis. This is a big joy.”

Hsieh Su-Wei / Barbora Strycova

Q. How special is this partnership? Do you think of going through the whole season, Grand Slams?

HSIEH SU-WEI: Don’t leave me!

BARBORA STRYCOVA: So I won’t leave her (laughter). Looks like a very good way. You can talk also (to Su-Wei).

HSIEH SU-WEI: I’m happy to play together. We always enjoy. I mean, last week was tough, but I was very positive. I don’t really worry about it. We try really hard this week to improve little bit than last week. We do better and better.
It is very good combination what we do. We covering. We are running everywhere. Was pretty fun. Always fight. Partner always fighting with you.

BARBORA STRYCOVA: Not with her, but on court (laughter).

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