Angelique Kerber is in action at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
WTA Staff
February 20, 2018

Play starts at 2pm local time

CENTRE COURT

[WC] Catherine BELLIS (USA) v Elise MERTENS (BEL)

Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) v [Q] Samantha STOSUR (AUS)

Not before 7pm
Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) v Angelique KERBER (GER) [6]

Caroline GARCIA (FRA) [5] v Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE)

COURT 1

[LL] WANG Qiang (CHN) v Kiki BERTENS (NED)

[Q] Sofya ZHUK (RUS) v Carla SUAREZ NAVARRO (ESP)

[Q] Sara ERRANI (ITA) v [Q] Lesia TSURENKO (UKR)

Nadiia KICHENOK (UKR) / Anastasia RODIONOVA (AUS) v Latisha CHAN (TPE) / Andrea SESTINI HLAVACKOVA (CZE) [2]

COURT 2

Jelena OSTAPENKO (LAT) / Anastasija SEVASTOVA (LAT) v Nicole MELICHAR (USA) / Kveta PESCHKE (CZE)

Ekaterina MAKAROVA (RUS) / Elena VESNINA (RUS) [1] v Shuko AOYAMA (JPN) / Katarina SREBOTNIK (SLO)

Alicja ROSOLSKA (POL) / Abigail SPEARS (USA) v Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) / Olga SAVCHUK (UKR)

HSIEH Su-Wei (TPE) / PENG Shuai (CHN) [4] v Kiki BERTENS (NED) / Demi SCHUURS (NED)

MATCH POINTS

Mertens was ranked at World No.80 this time last year and needed to qualify for this tournament; now she is World No.21.

Stosur is a three-time Dubai quarterfinalist.

Kerber has won all five of her previous hard-court clashes with Strycova - all in straight sets.

Safarova saved five match points to win her only previous encounter with Garcia, in the 2015 Fed Cup.