Sabalenka beats Kvitova 6-3, 6-3 to win Qatar Open
DOHA, Qatar (AP) Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus won the sixth title of her career with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova in the Qatar Open final on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Sabalenka needed less than 75 minutes to complete the win, sending down seven aces and hitting 21 winners in clinching her third title in six months - after those in Wuhan and Zhuhai.
Sabalenka sealed the first set with an ace, and survived five break points against the two-time Wimbledon champion in the fourth game of the second set.
Kvitova sent a volley wide to give Sabalenka the title on her fourth championship point.
Kvitova beat No. 1-ranked Ashleigh Barty on Friday for the first time in more than a year to play for her second Qatar Open title. The Czech player won the 2018 final against Garbine Muguruza,
Ninth-seeded Sabalenka and eighth-seeded Kvitova are now 2-2 head-to-head.
Kvitova was playing for her 29th title, and first since April.
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Updated February 29, 2020