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Qatar Open: Imperious Swiatek crushes Kudermetova, sets up final versus Pegula
Iga Swiatek defeated Veronika Kudermetova 6-0, 6-1 on Friday and will play American Jessica Pegula, the second seed, for the title
Pole Iga Swiatek, the top seed, moved into the final of the Qatar Open by defeating Russian Veronika Kudermetova, the No 8 seed, 6-0, 6-1 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha on Friday.
Swiatek, ranked No 1, will face American Jessica Pegula, the second seed, for the title.
“I was worried how I would cope with the conditions…I’m really happy I was so solid,” Swiatek said afterwards, reflecting on the court breeze.
“It always takes a lot to win against Jessie, she’s a great player. We’ll see, I don’t know what’s going to happen…I’m going to go and play my best tennis.”
It was just another day at the Swiatek bakery as the world No 1 handed out a bagel and a breadstick. She has now played Kudermetova three times and dropped only eight games in total.
Last year, Swiatek’s title win in Doha was the start of her incredible 37-match winning streak.
Kudermetova had been in good form this week, beating two former Grand Slam champions in Barbora Krejcikova and Sofia Kenin as well as current top-10 player Coco Gauff.
The 21-year-old Pole won against American Danielle Collins (6-0, 6-1) and Swiss Belinda Bencic, the No 7 seed (W/O) ahead of her victory.
In the previous rounds of the Doha Open, Kudermetova, ranked No 11, beat Czech Barbora Krejcikova (6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5)), American wildcard Sofia Kenin (6-2, 7-5) and American Coco Gauff, the No 4 seed (6-2, 3-6, 6-1).
Doha WTA 500, other semi-final result (Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, hard, USD 780.637):
- Jessica Pegula beat Maria Sakkari (5): 6-2, 4-6, 6-1