Ostapenko scalps another Grand Slam champ Muguruza to reach Doha semis
Ostapenko, who has won her last nine matches, will clash against Kontaveit, who is on an eight-match win streak, in the Doha semi-finala
Another day, another upset win over a Grand Slam champion. Jelena Ostapenko defeated a Grand Slam winner for the second day in a row at the Qatar TotalEnergies Open in Doha and for the sixth time in the last fortnight in the Middle East to reach the semi-finals of the WTA 1000 event.
One day after knocking out the current French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova, Ostapenko scored a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 win over two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza, who is the reigning WTA Finals Champion, in one hour and six minutes.
Last week at the Dubai Open, Ostapenko defeated four Grand Slam champions – Sofia Kenin, Iga Swiatek, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep, in succession en route to winning her fifth career singles title.
Ostapenko to clash with Kontaveit in the semi-finals
The Latvian will have a chance to extend her wining streak to 10 matches when she meets fourth seed Anett Kontaveit on Friday. Kontaveit, one of the hottest players on the tour over the past six months, defeated Ons Jabeur, of Tunisia, 6-4, 6-1.
Kontaveit is on an eight-match winning streak herself after she won in St. Petersburg two weeks ago. That was her fifth title on the tour since August 2021.
Greece’s Maria Sakkari also reached the semi-finals, ending the run of 17-year-old Coco Gauff 6-3, 6-3. She will meet seventh seed Iga Swiatek, who upset world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-3 in the last quarter-final match of the day.