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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday February 28, 2020

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova powered past Ashleigh Barty in three tight sets to book a final clash with Aryna Sabalenka in Doha.

Photo Source: Mark Peterson/Corleve

Petra Kvitova snapped a four-match losing streak and earned her sixth career victory over a reigning World No.1 by defeating Ashleigh Barty 6-4 2-6 6-4 on Friday at Doha.

The last time the Czech defeated a reigning World No.1 was at the very same scene in 2018. She toppled then World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semis in Doha before she lifted the trophy on the next day by defeating Garbiñe Muguruza.

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“It gave me something special in my mind,” Kvitova said of the experience after the match.

Kvitova played with purpose and made the most of her opportunities, converting all four break points she saw, including a pair in the third set that helped her improve her overall record against Barty to 5-4 and her career record in semifinals to 37-20.

She’ll face Aryna Sabelenka in the final after the Belarusian topped Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 6-3 in Friday’s first semifinal.

World No.13 Sabelenka converted four of her five break points to march past Kuznetsova and into the final on her Doha debut. She owns a 1-2 lifetime record against Kvitova.

“You never really know when Aryna is playing so great, so we will see,” Kvitoa said of her chances.

Kvitova (27-9) will bid for her 28th title on Saturday while Sablenka (5-4) will bid for her sixth.

More to follow…


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