- Former champion Petra Kvitova was engrossed in another three-setter as she sought entry into her second quarterfinal at Dubai and fourth consecutive one in 2019. Having beaten countrywoman Siniakova from a set and break deficit, she needed another two hours to defeat qualifier Jennifer Brady, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
- The second seed is leading the tour in match wins this season having recorded fifteen victories in the first two months: title win at Sydney (d. Barty) and the runner-up finish at Australian Open (l. Osaka). Winner of five titles last year, Kvitova's sole 2019 quarterfinal loss came at St. Petersburg to eventual finalist Vekic.
- Prior to this week, Kvitova owned six wins at Dubai from six appearances. Five of them came during the 2013 campaign alone when she defeated top 10 opponents in Radwanska and Wozniacki en route to the title. Last year she won her second title in the middle-east desert, beating Muguruza in the Doha final.
- Viktoria Kuzmova saved three match points to beat fellow 20-year-old, Sofia Kenin, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2, and enter her career's biggest quarterfinal. One of 2018's top 100 debutante, the Slovak seeks to consolidate her 3-0 record in WTA quarterfinals: Budapest and 's-Hertogenbosch last year, and Auckland in 2019.
- None of Kuzmova's three matches in this debut campaign at Dubai have concluded before the two-hour mark. It includes a 7-6, 7-6 win over American qualifier Bernarda Pera, and her maiden career top 10 victory over seventh seed Kiki Bertens, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 — saved a match point against the Dutchwoman as well.
- Kvitova is expected to subdue the youngster in their first meeting, even if it may not be a straightforward victory. Kuzmova, who had never defeated a top 30 player before entering this week, has fired 21 aces across the first three matches and takes the position as the joint-second leader in the 2019's ace list.