Ons Jabeur continued her excellent 2020 season stunning 2017 champion Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the Doha quarterfinals.
Jabeur, who stunned Caroline Wozniacki en route to the Australian quarters, scored her biggest career win by ranking over the World No. 3 Czech. The 25-year-old Tunisian will now meet another former Czech Doha winner, Petra Kvitova.
Kvitova also went three sets to deny Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 in very windy conditions.
“There’s no chance to have tactics in this wind,” Kvitova said. “The wind changes everything. It’s difficult to put the serve in and she returned the second serve well. It was difficult from the first point. I lost to her in our last match, so I knew what to expect.
“I’m tried to stay there, to be patient, but sometimes it’s a little difficult. The safest is to play to the middle, but of course if you are just playing to the middle it’s difficult to win any points.”
Former finalist and recent Australian Open runner-up Garbine Muguruza topped teen Dayana Yastremska, 6-2, 6-4.
“I’m very happy because every match is very different and tough,” Muguruza told the crowd. “I have to say thanks to the crowd, because I know it’s late. So thank you all for being here.”
She’ll now meet World No. 1 Ash Barty who didn’t have to play after rising 20-year-old Elena Rybakina withdrew due to an abductor injury.
“I think she for sure stepped it up,” Muguruza said of Barty. “I think she’s very talented, she’s holding in that spot for a long time. So I think it’s great for me to be able to play the World No.1, I’m excited, it’s going to be a good match, that’s the matches that I’m looking for and that means that I’m still here and I’m still in the quarterfinals.”
Belinda Bencic, a winner over Yulia Putintseva, will battle Svetlana Kuznetsova who also earned a walkover when Amanda Anisimova was unable to play due to an illness.
Saisai Zheng upset Kiki Bertens and will now meet Aryna Sabalenka also in the quarters.
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