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