Kudermetova Edges Krejcikova In Doha Thriller; Sakkari, Kvitova Tuesday

by Staff | February 13th, 2023, 8:07 pm
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In first round action Monday at WTA Doha, No. 8 Veronika Kudermetova won a thriller over former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7-5).

The Russian led 3-1 in the third before needing a final breaker to advance.

In the match, Kudermetova hit seven aces, donated three doubles, won 57/77 (74%) of first service points, 18/41 (44%) on second serves, was 2 of 11 on break chances and faced 10 break chances.


Both players finished a combined 4 of 21 on break points.

Kudermetova is a perfect 2-0 in tour-level head-to-head battles with Krejcikova.

Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka had a comfortable win over Ipek Oz 6-1, 6-1. Karolina Muchova enjoyed an easy victory over Italy’s Martina Trevisan 6-2, 6-2 in the only other main draw singles match.

Looking at tomorrow, key matches include first round play, Qinwen Zheng – No. 5 Maria Sakkari, Rebecca Marino – No. 6 Daria Kasatkina, No. 7 Belinda Bencic – Viktoriya Tomova, Beatriz Haddad Maia – Paula Badosa, Danielle Collins – Elise Mertens, Liudmila Samsonova – Sofia Kenin, Jelena Ostapenko – Madison Keys, Shuai Zhang – Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova – Ekaterina Alexandrova.


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