Doha quarterfinals in photos: Kvitova, Pegula, Azarenka, Muguruza advance

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The 2021 Qatar Total Open semifinals will feature three Grand Slam champions, who have won a total of six major titles between them, and a qualifier who is enjoying the best period of her career including a strong run at the Australian Open.

Petra Kvitova 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova‘s 6-3 3-6 6-2 victory over Anett Kontaveit in the first quarterfinal on Thursday was the most competitive match of the day. It featured 16 breaks of serve and both players finished with positive winners-to-unforced-errors differentials.

Anett Kontaveit 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Anett Kontaveit

The fourth-seeded Kvitova dominated the first set, but lost the second set as Kontaveit’s tricky angles led her into errors. After leveling, Kontaveit never held serve and the 2018 Doha champion won the decider which was more difficult than the score suggests.

Jessica Pegula

Qualifier Jessica Pegula is building on her Australian Open quarterfinal run with her first ever WTA 500 semifinal appearance. The American crushed second seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-1.

Jessica Pegula 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Jessica Pegula

The former world No.1 Pliskova, champion here in 2017, had been on the court past midnight the previous day to win a lengthy three-setter against Ons Jabeur. Pliskova’s tiredness could have played a role in the defeat, but the world No.44 Pegula was undeniably dominant with her composure and construction of points.

Victoria Azarenka 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Victoria Azarenka

Eighth seed Victoria Azarenka played through pain to beat top seed Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-4, her doubles partner this week.

Elina Svitolina 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Elina Svitolina

During warm-up, the two-time Doha champion Azarenka felt a very sharp pain in her lower back and the health issue severely affected her movement throughout the match.

Victoria Azarenka 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Victoria Azarenka

The experienced Belarusian fought like a warrior and benefited from her opponent’s passive game filled with errors. Azarenka is now through to her 60th career semifinal!

Garbine Muguruza 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Garbine Muguruza

In Thursday’s last quarterfinal, Garbine Muguruza avenged her straight-sets loss to Maria Sakkari earlier this year in Abu Dhabi with a surprisingly easy 6-3 6-1 win over the Greek.

Garbine Muguruza 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Maria Sakkari and Garbine Muguruza at the net after the quarterfinal at the 2021 Qatar Total Open WTA 500 tournament

The semifinal between Petra Kvitova and Jessica Pegula is the first on Friday’s schedule, followed by Victoria Azarenka vs. Garbine Muguruza.


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