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By Chris Oddo | Saturday February 24, 2018

Keeping up with the game of tennis, by the numbers. Each day at Tennis Now we’ll give you a fresh set—without any further ado, here’s what happened on Saturday:


Elina Svitolina claims the Dubai title with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Daria Kasatkina in the final. The 23-year-old now owns 11 WTA titles and she has successfully defended a title for the first time in her career. Svitolina improves to 14-2 on the season—she dropped one set and 26 games all week in Dubai.


Age of Lucas Pouille, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Friday with a win in the Open 13 quarterfinals. It’s also the age of Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday in a losing effort to Pouille in his first ATP semifinal. Pouille will bid for his 6th ATP title on Sunday when he faces Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the final.


Number of first-serve points won by Karen Khachanov over the course of his 6-3, 6-2 victory over Tomas Berdych on Saturday at Marseille. The Russian saved all three break points he faced and improved to 2-0 vs. Berdych. He has won all five sets the pair have contested.


As a result of reaching the final, 20-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina is assured of rising inside the Top 20 in the WTA rankings next week. Kasatkina saved a total of five match points (two against Konta and three against Muguruza) to reach the final in Dubai. Despite the loss to World No.4 Svitolina, Kasatkina owns a 5-4 record in her last four matches against Top 5 players.


The year the Dubai WTA title was last successfully defended before this year. Svitolina became the third player in the 18-year history of the event to defend the Dubai title, after Venus Williams (2009-2010) and Justine Henin (2003-2004).

Svitolina also stretches her record in WTA finals to an impressive 11-2 with the win.


Number of match points that Frances Tiafoe needed to defeat Hyeon Chung at the Delray Beach Open. The American reaches his first ATP semifinal by winning a match that was postponed due to rain late in the third set on Friday night. Tiafoe failed on three match points before the rains hit, then another four before finally defeating Chung on Saturday. He’ll face Denis Shapovalov in the second semifinal later in the evening.


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