Maria Sakkari came from a double-break down in the first set to advance with a 7-5 6-2 win over 16-year-old American Coco Gauff.
Britain’s Heather Watson beaten in Abu Dhabi as the world No.1 also crashes out
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The 26-year-old Russian eventually prevailed 7-5, 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 after a tense showdown which lasted more than two and a half hours with the pair converting only eight of the 19 break points they set up between them.
Alexandrova took the first set 7-5, but was pegged back in the second as Watson came out on top in a lengthy tie-break.
The decider was equally tight until Watson was broken in the eighth game, and her opponent served out the match to book a third-round clash with number two seed Elina Svitolina. Meanwhile there was a big shock as Russian qualifier Anastasia Gasanova pulled off a major upset with victory over former world number one Karolina Pliskova in Abu Dhabi.
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