Garbine Muguruza reached the Dubai Championships semi-finals for the second time with a 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Caroline Garcia on Thursday, while Angelique Kerber set up a last-four clash with Elina Svitolina.
Reigning Wimbledon champion Muguruza needed more than an hour to claim the opening set over the fifth-seeded Frenchwoman, who she beat from a set down last week in Doha.
But the match went quickly compared to the second seed’s epic the night before which ended at 2 am local time.
“I was a little bit upset because, I had to play late and went to bed at 4 am. There’s nothing to do about that,” she said.
“Today I somehow fought with a little bit of the tiredness of yesterday. That’s it.”
Muguruza caught fire in the second set, winning 13 points in a row en route to a 4-1 lead.
The match was twice interrupted by rain, before the 24-year-old closed out the win as she broke Garcia for a third time in the set and then served it out.
“It was a very good match, especially the first set. I felt that whoever could win it,” Muguruza said. “I felt much better this match than the match we played in Doha.
“When you play a top-10 player, and you beat second time in a row, it gives you a good sign that what I’m doing is right.”
The two-time Grand Slam winner is seeking her first title since Cincinnati last August and next faces Daria Kasatkina, a winner over fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 7-6 (5), 6-1.>