DOHA, February 29, 2020 (SNN247.com) – Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus outclassed former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in straight sets by 6-3 6-3 to clinch her maiden Qatar Open title in Doha, Qatar on Saturday night.
Aryna Sabalenka achieved the feat on her tournament debut as she went past all the other players in style, thanks to her powerful serves.
This is the sixth WTA career title for Sabalena who entered the tournament as the eighth-seeded player. The tournament’s eighth-seeded and ninth-seeded players fought for the title in Doha on Saturday.
Petra Kvitova, who won the Qatar Open title in 2018, was looking to repeat the feat after exhibiting exhilarating tennis throughout the week.
However, she failed to repeat her performance in the final match of the tournament.
The title triumph in Qatar will see Aryna Sabalenka (currently world number 13) rise to the 11th position in the WTA Rankings. The latest edition of the WTA Rankings will be released on Monday.
Sabalenka is living her dream as she has won six of her last seven finals on tennis courts across the globe.
She spent just over an hour to defeat her Czech opponent. Her serves were once again there to support her game as she also smashed some of the most ferocious groundstrokes. Kvitova never had an answer to Sabalenka’s strong serves and groundstrokes and soon she was surrounded by the fears of defeat.
Petra Kvitova hasn’t won a title since clinching the Stuttgart Open in Germany in April last year. The Czech tennis queen also had to spend some time off the court for a medical time-out.
On the other hand, Sabalenka relied heavily on her strong serves as she served 81 percent of her first serves and never faced a single breakpoint in the Qatar Open final. She finally closed the game with another break after missing three match points.