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Halep, Wozniacki advance in Dubai championships

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep eased to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Daniela Hantuchova at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Except for six double faults, Halep put on a solid performance, saving the one break point she face, which came in her opening service game.

“I was fresh and running very well,” said Halep, who has now beaten Hantuchova all four matches they’ve played. “My shots were very strong and deep. I played good tennis.”

Second-seeded Petra Kvitova overcame a one-set deficit to defeat Elina Svitolina 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first evening match.

“I’m not sure where I was in the first set,” said Kvitova, the reigning Wimbledon champion. “I don’t think I was on the court. But that happens sometimes.”

Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki served for the match three times before finally beating Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

The third-seeded Dane led 5-2 in the third set but struggled to close it out.

“They do say third time lucky, right?” Wozniacki said. “I was hoping for that.”

Wozniacki has been ill with a headache, sore throat and hoarseness since arriving in Dubai, and on the first point of the match a recurring left knee problem surfaced.

After losing the first set, the former top-ranked player took a medical time out to have her knee treated.

“I thought I was long gone after that first set,” Wozniacki said. “I’m happy to be through and to the next round.”

Fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic, out with a broken toe since a first-round exit at the Australian Open, beat Sabine Lisicki 6-0, 6-3, while fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Caroline Garcia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Also advancing was 13th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who withdrew from Sunday’s final in Antwerp against Andrea Petkovic with a neck injury. Suarez Navarro beat Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-4.

Three seeded players lost: Petkovic fell to Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3; Jelena Jankovic lost to Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-4; and Peng Shuai was beaten by Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

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