2/29/2020 8:40:32 PM

Sabalenka wins Qatar Total Open title

Sabalenka wins Qatar Total Open title

Doha, Qatar: Aryna Sabalenka had too much of power, too many shots, and an error-strewn Petra Kvitova did not have much of a chance against the 21-year-old in the Qatar Total Open final at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Saturday.

The Belarusian won 6-3, 6-3 in under 75 minutes to win the glittering falcon trophy, her sixth career title.
Sabalenka had stormed through her semifinal match against Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets on Friday and she just continued hitting the ball with power to unsettle Kvitova right from the start.

Kvitova's serve was under pressure in the second game of the match and the two-time Wimbledon champion had to save two break points to win the game.

But more trouble was on its way as Sabalenka came back with even more power in the fourth game and broke her opponent to take a 3-1 lead.

She did not give Kvitova any chance to come back and took the set 6-3.

Kvitova had a chance to break in the third game of the second set, her best opportunity in the match, but she could not convert any of the five breakpoints as Sabalenka wriggled herself out of trouble.

And at 3-3 and trailing 0-30, the 2018 Doha winner had a double fault to hand Sabalenka three breakpoints. 

The 21-year-old grabbed her opportunity with both hands and a forehand winner gave her a crucial break, a 4-3 lead and a firm hold on the match.

Serving to stay in the game Kvitova was down 0-40 and though she produced three lovely points to give herself a glimmer of hope, a netball gave Sabalenka an easy chance of a smash which she buried.
And at the fourth match point, another netball caught Kvitova off-balance and her shot sailed wide.

In truth, Sabalenka, who will move to 11th in the  next WTA rankings, had caught her off balance right from the start.


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