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World No 292 Gasanova stuns ex-No 1 Pliskova in Abu Dhabi

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Anastasia Gasanova (WTA Tour - Twitter)
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Russian qualifier and world No 292 Anastasia Gasanova sent former top-ranked Karolina Pliskova crashing out of the season-opening Abu Dhabi WTA event on Saturday in a straight sets triumph.

The 21-year-old Gasanova won 6-2, 6-4 to reach the round of 16 and record her first ever victory over a player in the top 100.

Gasanova, making her main draw debut, needed just 73 minutes to see off the third seed.

"I'm really surprised, but when I woke up today, I thought, 'Why not? Why can't I win this match?'," said Gasanova.

"Actually, I had thought I would lose in qualies or something like that, but I just kept pushing myself, like, I need to win and I want to win."

Gasanova goes on to face Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo for a place in the quarter-finals.

Ukrainian second seed Elina Svitolina eased past Russian veteran and two-time Grand Slam runner-up Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 6-1.

Greece's Maria Sakkari, seeded nine, defeated US teenager Coco Gauff 7-5, 6-2.

Results from the WTA Abu Dhabi tournament on Saturday (x denotes seeded player):

Second round

Maria Sakkari (GRE x9) bt Coco Gauff (USA) 7-5, 6-2

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x5) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-1, 6-4

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) bt Karolina Muchova (CZE x12) - walkover

Elena Rybakina (KAZ x6) bt Wang Xiyu (CHN) 6-4, 6-4

Marta Kostyuk (UKR) bt Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3

Anastasia Gasanova (RUS) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE x3) 6-2, 6-4

Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS x17) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 7-5, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3

Elina Svitolina (UKR x2) bt Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 6-4, 6-1

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