Muguruza faces Azarenka in Qatar Open semifinals

The Nation  |  Mar 06, 2021

DOHA - Spain’s Garbine Muguruza defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-1 to reach the semifinals of the Qatar Open where she will face former fellow world number one and two-time major winner Victoria Azarenka. Muguruza was a force to be reckoned with throughout, calmly applying pressure to her rival who could not contend with her power and precision with the Spaniard hitting four aces. She quickly went ahead 4-0 in the first set and finished without dropping serve, although having to overcome break points in the last game before prevailing. “I’m happy, I felt good on court,” former Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion Muguruza said after her victory. “So far I’m happy to be back, trying to get closer and closer (to the final).” Azarenka reached the last four by seeing off Ukrainian top seed Elina Svitolina, 6-2, 6-4. “Every match is hard, it’s always difficult,” said Muguruza. 

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