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Dubai Tennis Championships: Jelena Ostapenko wins first hard-court title since 2019

With a commanding victory over Veronika Kudermetova at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Jelena Ostapenko won her first hard-court championship since 2019.

In just over an hour, the former French Open winner defeated the Russian world number 31 6-0 6-4.

Ostapenko of Latvia has already won five WTA singles titles in her career.

Meanwhile, Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-4 in the Qatar Open final.

Ostapenko defeated four Grand Slam champions on her way to the final in Dubai: Sofia Kenin, Iga Swiatek, Petra Kvitova, and Simona Halep.

The 24-year-old was in great form throughout the week-long tournament and will now make his first appearance in the top 20 since 2018.

Later on Saturday, Kudermetova gained her revenge on Ostapenko by defeating her in the women’s doubles final.

With his victory over Basilashvili in Doha, Spaniard Bautista Agut won his first ATP Tour championship since 2019.

In a rematch of the final from 2021, world number 16 Bautista Agut avoided disappointment by defeating his Georgian opponent, who is ranked six places lower, by playing aggressively from the baseline.

Bautista Agut, 33, has now won ten tour-level championships after dropping only one set on his way to the final.

Felix Auger-Aliassime reached his second straight final at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, defeating Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin, the world number 163, 7-6 (7-4) 7-6. (7-5).

Auger-Aliassime of Canada will meet Andrey Rublev of Russia in the final on Sunday, after the Russian overcame France’s Benjamin Bonzi. 6-3, 4-6, and 6-3.

Auger-Aliassime, the world number nine, defeated Rublev in the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open last week to win his maiden ATP title.

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