World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty has been taken out of the Qatar Total Open on Friday after she endured a tight 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 defeat to Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in the semifinals in Doha.
Kvitova, 29, will confront Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka in the final on Saturday after she defeated Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.
The initial three games in the match brought about a break of serve, including two from Kvitova. The world No. 11 survived two break points in the eighth game of the opening set while in transit to establishing a 1-0 lead.
Barty hit back in the second set, twice breaking Kvitova’s serve and holding every last bit of her own to tie the match.
Be that as it may, Kvitova, who served seven aces, edged the Australian in the deciding final set and advance through to meet Sabalenka on Saturday’s final.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova will be hoping to win the 28th single title of her career, with her last win coming at the Sydney International in January 2019.
World No. 13 Sabalenka avoided an upset to secure a 6-4, 6-3 after barely winning an intently challenged opening set. The Belarusian at that point raced through the final set for an opportunity to win her 6th career singles title.
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