Sun, 05 Apr 2020

Doha - Petra Kvitova battled past world No 1 Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Friday to set up a Qatar Open final against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

The two-time Wimbledon winner overcame a second-set blip to reach the 37th WTA final of her career and her second in Doha, where she won the 2018 title.

Kvitova ended a run of four straight defeats to Barty, including in the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this year.

Australia's Barty has now lost in back-to-back semi-finals after her last-four loss to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in Melbourne.

It will be Kvitova's first final since April last year in Stuttgart.

The 29-year-old Czech, ranked 11th in the world, is chasing a 28th tour title.

Earlier on Friday, Sabalenka dispatched Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3.

Ninth seed Sabalenka, 21, broke twice former Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova four times as she reached a 10th career WTA final - her first of the 2020 season.

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x9) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 6-4, 6-3

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