Qatar Open news: Top seed cruises into the quarterfinals
Top seed Aryna Sabalenka cruised into her first quarterfinal of the year, with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win over Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann at the Qatar Open.
Sabalenka got the job done in just over an hour.
The Belarusian overpowered Teichmann and didn’t give the Swiss a look-in to the match at all.
— wta (@WTA) February 23, 2022
Sabalenka turned around a recent poor run against lower-ranked players, having lost three of her four matches to women outside the Top 40 in 2022.
Sabalenka hit 26 winners, more than making up for her unforced error count of 13.
She shed her recent struggles on serve, avoiding double-faulting throughout the match.
“It was an amazing match, I really played well today,” Sabalenka said afterwards. “She played well as well, but maybe I was a little bit more lucky today. The atmosphere was unbelievable, so I enjoyed every second on court.”
Sabalenka kicked into high gear after the pair traded early breaks in the first set at 2-2.
The No 1 seed took the next six games in a row for a 6-2, 2-0 advantage.
Teichmann pulled one game back, but Sabalenka proved irresistible in the next four games and sealed a place in the last eight.
Tunisian Ons Jabeur also progressed to the last eight but had to ensure a rollercoaster match against Tereza Martincova.
Jabeur won the first set but went missing in the second before fighting back to take the match 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the third round.
LISTEN to the crowd 🗣️
— wta (@WTA) February 23, 2022
The eighth seed will next take on in-form Anett Kontaveit, who is on seven-match winning streak, as she bids for her first Qatar Open semifinal.
Kontaveit shrugged off a second set bagel to beat former champion Elise Mertens 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.
The Czech said it would bring mixed emotions to face her good friend Jabeur in the last eight.
“I’m really glad actually to see her back playing after she retired against me in Sydney. She had these back issues. I’m very happy to see her back on the court,” Kontaveit said. “She’s a really great person. It’s always tough to play someone you’re good friends with.
“I have a lot of respect for her as a person, as well, so I’m ready for the fight and it’s just going to be an interesting match. I think she’s a great shot maker and just always plays an entertaining match. It’s going to be fun.”
Irina-Camelia Begu cops biggest fine so far at 2022 French Open after ‘unacceptable’ incident
Irina-Camelia Begu lucky not to be disqualified, but not so lucky with the fine.
Rafael Nadal produces his ‘best match’ at 2022 French Open, up next Felix Auger-Aliassime and Uncle Toni
Rafael Nadal edges closer to potential Novak Djokovic showdown.
Novak Djokovic striving for perfection and more aggression after easing into Roland Garros fourth round
Novak Djokovic marches on at Roland Garros.
Belinda Bencic fumes at umpire over time violation during defeat to Leylah Fernandez at Roland Garros
It’s Leylah Fernandez v Amanda Anisimova up next at Roland Garros.
Exclusive – Why Carlos Alcaraz could be a hybrid of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
Annabel Croft says Carlos Alcaraz has taken the best elements of Nadal, Djokovic and Federer to build his game.
Novak Djokovic ‘is back’ says John McEnroe as he makes world No 1 ‘very slight’ favourite for Roland Garros title
John McEnroe tipping Novak Djokovic to win the 2022 French Open.
Daniil Medvedev insists ‘if I can play Wimbledon I will be happy to be there, even without points’
Daniil Medvedev would jump at the chance to play at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios has ‘bigger fish to fry’ after Bernard Tomic challenges him ‘sort this out in the boxing ring’
Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic won’t be stepping into a boxing ring any time soon.
Irina-Camelia Begu escapes disqualification after ’embarrassing moment’ left young fan in tears
“I just want to apologise,” says Irina-Camelia Begu.
Wimbledon to finally ditch the ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ prefixes on its famous honours boards as it modernises
Welcome to 2022 Wimbledon.