Iga Swiatek races past Anett Kontaveit to win the Qatar Open title

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Black Friday

Poland’s Iga Swiatek ended Anett Kontaveit‘s nine-match winning streak with a confident 6-2 6-0 victory in the final of the Qatar TotalEnergies Open in Doha.

Iga Swiatek Doha 2022

Only in the first set did we have some close moments, when the fourth-seeded Kontaveit broke right back to level at 2-2. But from that point on, the seventh-seeded Swiatek raced through ten games in a row, leaving the Estonian helpless.

During the changeover at 3-0 down in the second set, Kontaveit was crying. She tried to hide the tears with the towel. It looked like she was aware that the WTA 1000 final was lost for her.

In the fourth game of the second set, Kontaveit did earn one break point, but Swiatek continued to stay strong and served a bagel.

After a first-round bye at the Qatar TotalEnergies Open, Swiatek battled past Viktorija Golubic in the second round. The Pole then defeated Daria Kasatkina in the third round, Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals, Maria Sakkari in the semifinals, and in the end Kontaveit, recording her 14th match win this season, which levels her with tour leader Jelena Ostapenko.

In Monday’s WTA rankings, Kontaveit is projected to rise from No.7 to at least No.5 by reaching the final. Swiatek, currently ranked No.8, will return to position No.4.

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