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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Extra Time Podcast: Jaziri steals the show as Svitolina lays down major marker - Dubai Tennis Championships review

Jon Turner and Graham Caygill reflect on two weeks of tennis action in Dubai. 

Elina Svitolina plants a kiss on the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last month. Christopher Pike / Reuters
Elina Svitolina plants a kiss on the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last month. Christopher Pike / Reuters

Elina Svitolina and Roberto Bautista Agut were the big winners at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, with the world No 4 from Ukraine successfully defending her title, and the Spanish world No 16 winning the biggest tournament of his career.

This year's tournament will also be fondly remembered for the dream run of Tunisia's Malek Jaziri, who reached the semi-finals ranked No 117, and for the impressive campaign of Russian 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina for her march to the WTA final.

Reflecting on two weeks of tennis in Dubai, Jon Turner and Graham Caygill, both of whom closely reported on the tournaments at the Aviation Club, discuss the highlights before looking ahead to the upcoming events at Indian Wells.

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