Bencic held her nerve, however, and proved too strong for the Czech to become the second Swiss player to win the Dubai Tennis Championships, following in the footsteps of 2001 victor Martina Hingis.
In Canada, an 18-year-old Swiss toppled three top-10 rivals in a row and she was even better in Dubai, saving six match points against Aryna Sabalenka, coming from a set down against Simona Halep and trailing 5-3 in the decider versus Elina Svitolina!
Bencic lost to Kvitova in the Australian Open third round in January - her third defeat in three meetings with the Czech - but said she has great respect for her opponent.
Belinda gave serve away on four occasions although she firmly believed in her triumph, staying focused after a poor second set to overpower Kvitova and lift the trophy.
Two-times Wimbledon champion Kvitova is one of the hardest hitters in the women's game, but found herself outwitted by Hsieh in a tense first set and the Czech's frustration showed as she made 12 unforced errors to Hsieh's one in the opener. "She had a lot of aces (nine), I'm just happy I was able to make it back". "It was a tough first set", said Kvitova, a champion in Dubai in 2013.
But Svitolina bounced back to level things in the second set, and things looked ominous for Bencic when she was broken in the seventh game of the final set.
The young Swiss will be looking to avoid a similar fate in her rematch with Kvitova in Dubai on Saturday. Yeah, it's been tough since I came from Australia and from St Petersburg. "I have a final tomorrow, so I don't know how I'm going to recover". "I think he will (return)", Judy was quoted as saying by Sky Sports at the Rio Open. "In the end, she was a little bit stronger". She's really on fire, playing really well.
Eighth-seeded Marketa Vondrousova blasted past 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova of Russian Federation, 6-0, 6-2, in just 61 minutes to earn her spot in the final against Van Uytvanck.
Of her sparkling form so far this year she said: "It's a bit weird, to be honest".
"I'm a bit exhausted right now, to be honest". This is unbelievable to be in the final when I'm escaping from something.
There will be no three-peat for Elina Svitolina in Dubai.