Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova will take on each other for the 2021 Qatar Total Open title on Saturday. The Spaniard, unseeded this week, was the first to advance to the final after her semi-final opponent Victoria Azarenka pulled out of their semi-final match.
The cause of Azarenka’s withdrawal was the back injury that had hampered her all-throughout her match against Elina Svitolina on Thursday. Announcing her decision via a press release, Azarenka said, “Unfortunately, the pain in my back that I experienced during yesterday's match has not gone away enough in order for me to be able to compete tonight.
I have loved being back here in Doha this week, and want to thank the tournament and everyone involved with the organization of this great event for hosting us and making it possible to play during these challenging times.
I am very appreciative of being awarded a wildcard to compete here this week, and I am looking forward to being back in Doha again next year. Lastly, wishing all the remaining players in the draw the best of luck for the remainder of the tournament”.
Qatar Total Open: Petra Kvitova bests Jessica Pegula
This is Muguruza’s second final in Doha. Her clash against the fourth-seeded Kvitova will be a replay of their final in 2018 here. Back then, the Czech had clinched the title after coming back from a set down.
In her semi-final against Jessica Pegula, Kvitova had a minor comeback tale to tell. The southpaw took the lead in the match after winning the first set 6-4 but the American qualifier pegged her back in the second set and led Kvitova 4-2.
However, there wasn’t much that Pegula could do after that as Kvitova won the next six games to take a 6-4, 6-4 win in an hour and 21 minutes. As with Muguruza, this is Kvitova’s second final at the Qatar Total Open.