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 looked like a shell of a three-time major winner as Anett Kontaveit routinely eliminated her 6-1 6-4.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
All the four quarterfinals are scheduled for Thursday, starting at 2:30 pm Doha time.