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World news – Qatar Open: Former champions Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka up to the quarter – Sports News, Firstpost

It was Jabeur who beat the Czech in their last encounter in Doha in 2020, but this time it was 2017 Qatar champion Pliskova who booked her ticket to her first hard court quarter-finals since 2020 in Dubai.

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It was Jabeur who beat the Czech in their last encounter in Doha in 2020, but this time it was 2017 Qatar champion Pliskova who booked her ticket to her first hard court quarter-finals since 2020 in Dubai.

Karolina Pliskova mastered the Ons Jabeur challenge in Doha, which was cheered on by a few fans. AP file photo

Doha: Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, cheered on like a home star by the small crowd at the Qatar Open, did some masterful racket work, landing decisive shots out of reach of rival and runner-up Karolina Pliskova, but was inconsistent and succumbed 6-4, 4 -6, 7 -5 on Wednesday in their second round in Doha.

It was Jabeur who defeated the Czech in their last encounter in Doha in 2020, but this time it was the 2017 Qatar champion, Pliskova, who booked her ticket for her first hard court quarter-finals since 2020 in Dubai.

The Tunisian dug deep to secure important points, including an ace in the sixth game of the second set, which increased the pressure on the more experienced Pliskova.

But Jabeur was clearly weighed down by her Czech opponent’s agility as the humidity increased and her game slowed down.

After Pliskova won the first game of the third, Jabeur shot with an inspired game during quick bursts of fire back, aided by Pliskova’s casual mistakes.

« Conditions are good for me – she plays a lot of hard strokes, » said Pliskova.

« I think she can play a little bit of everything, she can play slices, drop shots, it serves well – it improves with every year. « 

Petra Kvitova, the Czech number four and another former Qatar Open champion, achieved a 6: 1, 6: 3 -The Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was demolished.

« I can’t really say that I worked specifically on the serve during that time, » she said after her victory between the Australian Open and Doha.

Kvitova took advantage their serve to create a huge impact on a number of Pavlyuchenkova’s breakpoints. She dominated the first set and drove the second to victory.

« I know that Nasia also likes to play aggressively. So I tried to be the first who doesn’t have the time, » said Kvitova.

Garbine Muguruza, the best-placed player without seeds in the draw, ousted defending champion Aryna Sabalenka 6: 2, 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 3.

Besides Simona Halep, Sabalenka was the only player who won three individual titles in the 2020 season with viruses.

In the three-part epic, the first of the week at this time, the Spaniard Muguruza atone for her defeat against the Belarusian at her only previous meeting in Beijing in 2018 / p> Elina Svitolina, the top seed, easily prevailed against the lucky loser Misaki Doi with 6: 1 and 6: 2. This made Qatar the third tournament of the season in which they reached the quarter-finals. She only needed an hour to assert herself against her Japanese opponent.

The number eight and the former number one in the world, Victoria Azarenka, prevailed 6: 4, 6: 2 against the qualification Laura Siegemund.

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