Sunday’s schedule at the Qatar Total Open featured the second round of qualifying, while higher-ranked players were spotted practicing ahead of the start of main-draw play.
Coming to Doha on the wings of her Australian Open quarterfinal appearance, American world No.44 Jessica Pegula is through to the qualifying finals. The top seed edged Anastasia Potapova in the third-set tiebreak to advance on Sunday.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands wore a striking yellow Lucky in Love ensemble as she defeated Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets.
Seventh seed Kristyna Pliskova made short work of Zhu Lin.
Second seed Laura Siegemund defeated Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-2 6-2.
Lesia Tsurenko is also through to the third round of qualifying, as the Ukrainian dispatched fifth seed Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2.
Besides the final round of qualifying, star-studded Monday’s order of play at the Qatar Total Open will feature five Grand Slam champions. One of them is 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko, who was in good mood during her Sunday’s practice as she awaits a first-round meeting with Kiki Bertens.
As we can see, the 2016 Doha runner-up Ostapenko and her coach Marion Bartoli were accompanied by 2018 Qatar Total Open champion Petra Kvitova on a sunny Sunday in Doha. After strict travel restrictions prevented our photographer Jimmie48 from traveling to Australia, Kvitova tweeted that she was really happy to see him back on the WTA Tour.
The Czech was wearing the Nike Fall Challenge Crop Tank.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Elina Svitolina and defending champion Aryna Sabalenka were also preparing for the start of main-draw play, but they are not on Monday’s schedule. Monday’s featured matches include: Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady vs. Anett Kontaveit, Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Victoria Azarenka, Garbine Muguruza vs. Veronika Kudermetova and Angelique Kerber vs. Cagla Buyukakcay.