Kvitova beats Barty to set up Doha final with Sabalenka

Doha – Petra Kvitova battled previous world No 1 Ashleigh Barty 6-Four, 2-6, 6-Four on Friday to arrange a Qatar Open closing towards Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

The 2-time Wimbledon winner overcame a second-set blip to achieve the 37th WTA closing of her profession and her second in Doha, the place she received the 2018 title.

Kvitova ended a run of 4 straight defeats to Barty, together with within the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this 12 months.

Australia’s Barty has now misplaced in back-to-back semi-finals after her last-four loss to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in Melbourne.

Will probably be Kvitova’s first closing since April final 12 months in Stuttgart.

The 29-year-old Czech, ranked 11th on this planet, is chasing a 28th tour title.

Earlier on Friday, Sabalenka dispatched Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-Four, 6-Three.

Ninth seed Sabalenka, 21, broke twice former Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova 4 occasions as she reached a 10th profession WTA closing – her first of the 2020 season.

Outcomes from the WTA match in Doha on Friday (x denotes seeding):


Petra Kvitova (CZE x8) bt Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1) 6-Four, 2-6, 6-Four

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x9) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 6-Four, 6-Three

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