Quarterfinals are set at the Qatar Total Open


Wednesday’s second-round action at the Qatar Total Open was packed with Grand Slam champions and former world number ones. Let’s do a photo recap and see who advanced to the quarterfinals.

Angelique Kerber Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha

Angelique Kerber looked like a shell of a three-time major winner as Anett Kontaveit routinely eliminated her 6-1 6-4.

Anett Kontaveit Angelique Kerber Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha
Anett Kontaveit

The 24th-ranked Kontaveit dropped serve just once in today’s second-round match and improved her head-to-head record against the 2014 Doha finalist to 4-1.

Petra Kvitova Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha
Petra Kvitova

Rocking the Nike Spring Slam Melbourne Tank and Skirt, 2018 Doha champion Petra Kvitova outhit Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in their 13th career meeting.

Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Fourth seed Kvitova’s 31 winners to 19 unforced errors and a 76% first serve percentage led her to a straightforward 6-1 6-3 victory which earned her a quarterfinal meeting with Kontaveit.

Victoria Azarenka Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha
Victoria Azarenka

Eighth seed Victoria Azarenka survived Laura Siegemund‘s diversity of shots and 25 winners to progress into the quarterfinals with a 6-4 6-2 win.

Elina Svitolina Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha
Elina Svitolina

Azarenka’s quarterfinal opponent will be her Doha doubles partner Elina Svitolina, as the top-seeded Ukrainian eased past lucky loser Misaki Doi 6-1 6-2 in 64 minutes.

Maria Sakkari Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha
Maria Sakkari

Maria Sakkari of Greece looked really sharp in a 6-2 6-2 win over American Madison Keys, who appeared rusty in her second match of the season.

Garbine Muguruza Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha
Garbine Muguruza

Next up for Sakkari will be Garbine Muguruza, who dispatched defending champion Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3. On paper this encounter was the blockbuster of the day and it lived up to the expectations, as Muguruza came back from a break down in the decider.

Aryna Sabalenka Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha
Aryna Sabalenka

Second seed Karolina Pliskova completed the quarterfinal field late at night with a 6-4 4-6 7-5 win over Ons Jabeur. The Czech’s next opponent will be American qualifier Jessica Pegula, who advanced to her second quarterfinal of 2021 with a 6-2 7-5 win over former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Karolina Pliskova Qatar Total Open 2021 Doha
Karolina Pliskova

All the four quarterfinals are scheduled for Thursday, starting at 2:30 pm Doha time.


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