Petra Kvitová even in the previous two tournaments this year (general in Melbourne and Australian Open) she started victorious, but only in Doha did she manage to beat two rivals in a row. The 2018 champion and last year’s finalist entered the tournament with a smooth win over Anastasia Pavljučenkovová and followed her today with a scalp Anett Kontaveitové, which in less than two hours she defeated 6-3 3-6 6-2 and adjusted with it balance at 5-2.
Despite the loss of one service, the 30-year-old Czech Republic dominated in the opening act, but then unforced errors began to increase from her rocket. The four in the second set lost a total of four times and did not avoid the decisive set. In it, she got into a promising 3-0 lead, and even though she kept the service only at the very end, she defended the lead.
“It was like on a roller coaster. I’m glad that after the second set, in which I didn’t play the best, I started the third set well. I have to say that I returned well and that was probably the difference in the match,” Kvitová said online. press conference.
Third consecutive Doha semifinal for @Petra_Kvitova!
– wta (@WTA) March 4, 2021
Kvitová played her last and at the same time her 37th career final in the Qatari metropolis, where she is in the semifinals for the third time. She could fight for another final participation on Friday with her compatriot Karolína Plíšková, however, the Czech number one caught a beating 3-6 1-6 from the qualifier in an hour of play Jessica Pegula. With an American woman the only duel so far she won.
Plíšková, who finished yesterday’s match late in the evening, lost her own service five times in the match, did not even hold it once in the second set, and was a much worse player from the baseline. In addition, her opponent was more active and made fewer mistakes.
Twenty-seven-year-old Pegula continues to confirm great form after the restart of last season and today she scored her second career scalp player Top 10. Tomorrow she will face the biggest semifinal, the first outside the lowest WTA 250 events, and an attack on the fourth career final on the main circuit.
On the contrary, Plíšková continues this year’s misery under the new coach Sascha Bajin. At the inaugural tournament of the season, she was eliminated with a player from the end of the third hundred, at the general in Melbourne she finished in the eighth final and at the Australian Open in the third round.
A first WTA 500 semifinal for @JLPegula
– wta (@WTA) March 4, 2021
From the game out there is the first one deployed Elina Svitolinováwhich was not enough for the indisposed Viktoria Azarenková. “I felt a sharp pain during the warm-up and it scared me a lot,” she admitted after winning Belarus, which required the first back treatment after the introductory gamma.
She then used the help of a physiotherapist several more times and in the end she often defeated the often missing Ukrainian opponent 6-2 6-4 and thus won the fourth mutual duel. “I’m really proud of myself, how I managed it mentally,” she added.
About the finals, Azarenková will play in a duel of former world leaders with Garbiñe Muguruzaovou (h2h 2-2). Spaniard in the evening quarterfinals sweep 6-3 6-1 Greek Mariu Sakkariovou a she repaid her defeat at the start of the season from Abu Dhabi.
Barbora Krejčíková s Kateřina Siniaková they could also play for the title in their third tournament this year, but they finished in the semifinals in Doha. The number one in it was not enough 6-2 3-6 8-10 for the pair Mónica Niculescuová and Jelena Ostapenková.
|• Singles – Quarterfinals •|
|Kvitova (4-CR) – Kontaveitová (Est.) 6-3 3-6 6-2|
|Pegulaová (USA) – Kar. Plíšková (2-Czech Republic) 6-3 6-1|
|Azarenkova (8-BEL) – Svitolinova (1-UKR) 6-2 6-4|
|Muguruza (SP) – Sakkari (GRE) 6-3 6-1|
|• Doubles – Semifinals •|
|Niculescu / Ostapenková (ROU / LOT.) – Krejcikova / Siniakova (1-CR) 2-6 6-3 10-8|