Elina won five games in a row in the first set but Osaka managed to avoid the bagel. The Japanese played better in the beginning of the second set having won a break-point and secured two service games. Nonetheless, being 1-4 down Elina won five straight games once again and sealed her victory and the semi-final spot.
Her last opponent on the way to the final will be the winner of the match between Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber. Moreover, Elina is the reigning champion of the Dubai tournament.