28 February 2020

Aryna Sabalenka into final of Qatar Open after straight sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova

Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka booked her place in the final of the Qatar Open with a comfortable victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The world No 13 beat her Russian opponent 6-4 6-3 to move into Saturday's final.

A crazy start to the match saw both Sabalenka and Kuznetsova exchange four breaks of serve as neither was able to gain any kind of momentum.

But they began to settle down as the set neared its conclusion, before the Belarusian stunned the crowd by breaking to love to draw first blood.

Sabalenka continued to pile on the pressure at the start of the second set and raced into a 3-0 lead.

And she never looked in any danger of relinquishing that advantage as she served out the match.

The No 9 seed will now face either Ashleigh Barty or Petra Kvitova in the final.

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