Sabalenka dedicates Qatar title to late father

Doha – Aryna Sabalenka received her sixth profession title on Saturday when she swept previous former two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-Three, 6-Three within the Qatar Open last and devoted victory to her father who died final yr.

The Belarusian ninth seed’s win over the eighth-seeded Czech, who was Qatar champion in 2018, will see her rise to 11 on the planet rankings on Monday.

The 21-year-old mentioned the reminiscence of her father Sergey, who died in November, was very a lot in her thoughts on Saturday.

“It was an extended journey right here and I put all the pieces on tennis,” Sabalenka advised as she described the affect of her father.

“I used to be really solely taking part in tennis and specializing in tennis and nothing else. And I believe I gave all the pieces for tennis. And I simply misplaced my dad within the pre-season and he was my greatest motivation, and I am doing it for him.”

Sabalenka fired seven aces and 21 winners previous Kvitova who was taking part in in her 37th WTA last.

“Aryna performed a tremendous match,” mentioned Kvitova.

“She did not give me something without cost, I had an opportunity as soon as within the second set to interrupt her serve, however I simply could not make it.”

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