Kenin posted 57 unforced errors to Putintseva’s 43 however nonetheless prevailed 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 over the Thirteenth-seeded Putintseva.
“I felt like right now was extra of a psychological match. I observe along with her quite a bit so I do know her recreation effectively,” Kenin mentioned. “I am simply proud of the best way that I fought regardless that I wasn’t feeling 100% on court docket.”
Kenin dropped the opening set for the second consecutive match in Abu Dhabi. Putintseva had a match level when serving at 6-5 up within the second set, however Kenin saved the purpose and broke Putintseva’s serve to take the set to a tiebreak.
Subsequent up is a quarterfinal match with ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari, who beat former French Open and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-4, posting 33 winners to 5 for the extra defensive Muguruza. Kenin gained her two earlier matches towards Sakkari, each in three units in 2018.
Additionally, Elina Svitolina saved two match factors in a final-set tiebreak to beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (8) for a spot within the quarterfinals. The second-seeded Ukrainian faces one other Russian opponent, Veronika Kudermetova, within the subsequent spherical.
Aryna Sabalenka recorded her twelfth consecutive win in tour matches with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ons Jabeur. The fourth-seeded Sabalenka earned a measure of revenge for her defeat to Jabeur of their solely earlier match within the third spherical of the French Open in October.
“I did not give her any time to play, to make her trick pictures,” Sabalenka mentioned. “At Roland Garros, the courts have been actually sluggish and she or he had time and it was actually tough tennis. I believe this was the important thing to right now’s win.”
Sabalenka has gained each match she’s performed for the reason that loss to Jabeur at Roland Garros, and completed final season with titles on the indoor Ostrava and Linz tournaments.
The win over Jabeur units up a quarterfinal match towards sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina, who beat Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-4 of their third-round match.