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Swiatek reaches Dubai quarterfinals, Keys and Gauff advance

Dubai Duty Free Tennis - Day Four

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 22: Iga Swiatek of Poland in action against Liudmila Samsonova of Russia during her third round match on Day 4 of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on February 22, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Top-ranked Iga Swiatek reached the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships by beating Liudmila Samsonova 6-1, 6-0.

The 21-year-old Pole will next face former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, who advanced by defeating Anhelina Kalinina 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-2 in the round of 16.

Swiatek, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has won her last five matches including the successful defense of her Qatar Open title last week.

Madison Keys will face Coco Gauff in an all-American quarterfinal match. Keys beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1, and the 18-year-old Gauff advanced after Australian Open runner-up Elena Rybakina withdrew from their scheduled match because of a lower back injury.