Kvitova, Muguruza advance to Doha final, injured Azarenka withdraws

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Two-time Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza are the last two women standing at the Qatar Total Open. The upcoming title match will be a repeat of the 2018 Doha final, when Kvitova beat Muguruza in three sets.

Petra Kvitova 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Petra Kvitova

Fourth seed Petra Kvitova recorded a straight-set 6-4 6-4 victory over qualifier Jessica Pegula in Friday’s semifinals. The Czech lost her rhythm after taking the first set, but won four consecutive games in the second set to recover from a 2-4 deficit.

Jessica Pegula of the United States & Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic after the the semifinal of the 2021 Qatar Total Open WTA 500 tournament

The world No.10 Kvitova is now through to her third Qatar Total Open final in the last four years. Moreover, the two-time Wimbledon champion’s last final was at this same venue last year, when she lost to Aryna Sabalenka.

Petra Kvitova

The other Qatar Total Open singles semifinal was not played, as eighth seed Victoria Azarenka pulled out because of a back injury, handing Garbine Muguruza a walkover. The withdrawal is not a surprise at all, as Azarenka played through pain in her quarterfinal against Elina Svitolina.

Nicole Melichar Demi Schuurs 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Nicole Melichar of the United States & Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands with their champions trophies doubles final of the 2021 Qatar Total Open WTA 500 tournament

Nicole Melichar of the United States and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands clinched the women’s doubles title this Friday, beating Jelena Ostapenko and Monica Niculescu 6-2 2-6 10-8.

Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia & Monica Niculescu of Romania before the doubles final of the 2021 Qatar Total Open WTA 500 tournament
Nicole Melichar Demi Schuurs 2021 Qatar Total Open Doha
Nicole Melichar of the United States & Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands before the doubles final of the 2021 Qatar Total Open WTA 500 tournament

The women’s singles final between Kvitova and Muguruza starts on Saturday, 6 p.m. local time.

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