Simona Halep won the match with Ons Jabeur in three sets, scoring 1-6, 6-2, 7-6.
The Romanian has an easier route after several favorites have been eliminated, but in the next match he will face a top opponent. Halep will face it for a place in the aces where Aryna Sabalenka, the 13th WTA.
Halep is the main favorite in the Dubai tournament. Among the caliber opponents who left the competition were Belinda Bencic, Sofia Kenin or Elina Svitolina.