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WTA 1000 Doha 2022, positive day for the favorites, Kvitova, Azarenka and Cristian retire


The second day of the WTA 1000 tournament in Doha is characterized by withdrawals . Three players had to raise the white flag in these hours; the heaviest is that of Petra Kvitova , winner of last year, who, due to the exacerbation of a wrist problem, gave way after an hour and a quarter to the Belgian Elise Mertens, executioner of Jasmine Paolini yesterday; for her now there is Anett Kontaveit , fourth favorite on the scoreboard.

On the other hand, the defections of Jaqueline Cristian and Vika Azarenka were different: the Romanian had dominated for a set against the Russian Daria Kasatkina, before a knee injury during an exchange made her leave the field even in a wheelchair. The Belarusian, on the other hand, did not really take the field, granting a bye to the American Madison Brengle .

The seeded players of the day did not have too many problems: no more than four games conceded in the top three of the seeding Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova and Paula Badosa , wiping out Alizé Cornet, Magda Linette and Clara Tauson respectively. Jessica Pegula imitates them, with a double 6-3 to Kaja Juvan.

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A few more problems for other high-ranking players, such as Ons Jabeur and Iga Swiatek. Both have conceded a set to their opponents, with the Tunisian playing handicap with the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich , while the Pole, after an empty pass in the second half, won over Viktoria Golubic .


P. Badosa [3] b. C. Tauson 6-1 6-2
E. Mertens [16] b. P. Kvitova 7-5 1-2 ret.
D. Kasatkina b. J. Cristian 2-6 2-2 ret.
J. Pegula [9] b. K. Juvan 6-3 6-3
B. Krejcikova [2] b. M. Linette 6-1 6-3
C. Gauff [14] b. C. Garcia 6-2 7-6
O. Jabeur [8] b. A. Sasnovich 1-6 7-5 6-3
T. Martincova b. A. Rus 6-2 6-4
J. Ostapenko [15] b. A. Ansimova 6-3 4-6 6-4
J. Teichmann b. A. Van Uytvanck 7-6 7-5
M. Brengle b. V. Azarenka [12] WALKOVER
A. Sabalenka [1] b. A. Cornet 6-2 6-2
I. Swiatek [7] b. V. Golubic 6-2 3-6 6-2
M. Sakkari [6] b. A. Li 6-3 6-3